|German submarine U-3008|
USS U-3008 off the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, 30 August 1946
|Ordered:||6 November 1943|
|Builder:||AG Weser, Bremen|
|Laid down:||2 July 1944|
|Launched:||14 September 1944|
|Commissioned:||19 October 1944|
|Fate:||Surrendered, May 1945|
|Acquired:||22 August 1945|
|In service:||24 July 1946|
|Out of service:||18 June 1948|
Scuttled, May 1954|
Raised and hulk sold for scrap, 1955
|Type:||Type XXI submarine|
1,621 long tons (1,647 t) surfaced|
1,819 long tons (1,848 t) submerged
|Length:||251 ft 9 in (76.73 m)|
|Beam:||21 ft 9 in (6.63 m)|
|Draft:||20 ft 3 in (6.17 m)|
Diesel engines, 4,000 hp (2,983 kW)
Electric motors, 4,400 hp (3,281 kW)
|Speed:||16 knots (18 mph; 30 km/h)|
25,000 km (13,000 nmi) at 10 kn (12 mph; 19 km/h) surfaced|
550 km (300 nmi) at 5 kn (5.8 mph; 9.3 km/h) submerged
|Test depth:||280 m (920 ft)|
|Sensors and |
• Type F432 D2 Radar Transmitter|
• FuMB Ant 3 Bali Radar Detector
• 6 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes|
• 4 × 20 mm guns
Her keel was laid down on 2 July 1944 by AG Weser of Bremen, and she was commissioned on 19 October 1944 with Kapitänleutnant Fokko Schlömer in command. In March 1945 Schlömer was relieved by Kapitänleutnant Helmut Manseck who commanded the boat until Nazi Germany's surrender on 8 May.
U-3008 left Wilhelmshaven for patrol on 3 May 1945, but returned to port after the surrender. On 21 June 1945 she was taken by the Allies from Wilhelmshaven to Loch Ryan, thence transferred to the United States, reaching New London, Connecticut, on 22 August. Unterseeboot 3008 was then formally renamed the USS U-3008.
On 13 September, she moved to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she began an extensive overhaul the following day. Work proceeded on an intermittent basis due to the lack of final and total approval of the vessel's allocation to the United States by the Allied powers concerned. However, by the spring of 1946, the naval shipyard received orders to proceed with the overhaul as expeditiously as possible and to place the submarine in service immediately upon its completion. U-3008's overhaul was completed by mid-summer, and she went into service on 24 July 1946 with Commander Everett H. Steinmetz in charge.
U-3008 was assigned initially to Submarine Squadron (SubRon) 2 and operated along the New England coast out of New London and Portsmouth. That duty continued until 31 March 1947, when she departed New London bound ultimately for Key West, Florida, and duty with the Operational Development Force. En route, the U-boat stopped off at Norfolk, Virginia, for three weeks of underway operations with Task Force 67. She continued south on 19 April and arrived at Key West on 23 April. There, she reported for duty with SubRon 4 and began working with the Operational Development Force. That duty involved the development of submarine and antisubmarine tactics and lasted until October 1947 when she returned to New London.
The U-boat conducted operations out of New London and Portsmouth between October 1947 and February 1948. On 28 February, she stood out of New London to return to Florida. She reached Key West on 5 March and resumed duty with the Operational Development Force. She remained so engaged until the end of the first week in June. On 7 June, she headed north once more and arrived in Portsmouth on 11 June. On 18 June 1948 U-3008 was placed out of service at the Naval Base, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Though out the of service, U-3008 remained a Navy test hulk for several years. She was scuttled in a series of demolition tests in 1954. The hulk was raised and towed to the Navy drydock at Roosevelt Roads where she was offered up for sale in 1955. She was sold to Loudes Iron & Metal Company on 15 September 1955, and the purchaser took possession of her on 17 January 1956. She was subsequently scrapped.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
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