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USS Greenlet (ASR-10) 

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS Greenlet (ASR-10) 

USS Greenlet (ASR-10) was laid down by Moore Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Co., Oakland, Calif., 15 October 1941; launched 12 July 1942; sponsored by Mrs. B. P. Flood; and commissioned 29 May 1943, Comdr. F. W. Laing in command.

After shakedown, USS Greenlet (ASR-10) conducted patrol and escort runs out of San Diego before sailing for Pearl Harbor 24 July. Constructed as a submarine rescue ship, she served at Pearl Harbor and at Midway for more than a year, making escort runs and conducting refresher training for patrol-bound submarines. As the bloody war in the Pacific drew to a close, USS Greenlet (ASR-10) departed Guam for Japan 16 August 1945. She reached Sagami Wan, Honshu, 28 August; entered Tokyo Bay the following day; and was present during the signing of Japanese surrender 2 September.

After returning to San Francisco early in 1946, USS Greenlet (ASR-10) spent the following 5 years operating primarily out of San Diego where she trained divers and serviced submarines. From September 1946 to May 1947 and from September 1948 to March 1949 she deployed to the Western Pacific. Operating from the coast of China to the Philippines, she trained and supported fleet submarines stationed in the Far East. As a result of Communist aggression in South Korea, USS Greenlet (ASR-10) departed San Diego for the Far East 6 July 1950 During the next 6 months she operated out of Yokosuka while providing valuable services to the fighting submarine fleet. Sailing for Pearl Harbor 6 January 1951,USS Greenlet (ASR-10) served there throughout the remainder of the Korean conflict and continued to provide assistance in the training of submarine crews.

Between 1953 and 1967 USS Greenlet (ASR-10) made eight deployments to the Western Pacific. Operating from Japan and Okinawa to the Philippines and Australia, she rendered training and repair services to submarines, trained divers, and participated in mine recovery and submarine rescue and salvage exercises. From the conflict in Korea to the conflict in Vietnam-she helped keep the men and boats of the submarine service ready to meet the vast responsibilities in the tension filled Far East.

For a complete history of USS Greenlet (ASR-10) please see its DANFS page.