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Call Number: VA 52 .A92 ONI 31SS REV.1 1955

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Submarine Sighting Guide Revision 1 ONI 31SS-Rev. 1

Submarine Sighting Guide Rev 1 Cover Page

April 1955

Submarine Sighting Guide Revision 1

ONI 31SS-Rev. 1

Submarine Sighting Guide Rev 1 Letter of Promulgation

Department of the Navy
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS
OFFICE OF NAVAL INTELLIGENCE
WASHINGTON 25. D.C.

Refer to:
ONI 31SS·REV. 1
April 1955

LETTER OF PROMULGATION

1. The purpose of this publication is to provide all interested commands with an intelligence reference guide and an aid to watch officers and interrogators.

2. This publication cancels and supersedes ONI·31·SS, all copies of which are to be destroyed in accordance with article 0623 U. S. Navy Security Manual. No report of destruction is required.

3. This publication, although unclassified, shall be limited to [section blacked out] only.

4. Distribution of this publication has been to fill established requirements. Additional copies may be requested through the normal chain of command.

{Signature}
CARL F. ESPE
Rear Admiral, USN
Director of Naval Intelligence

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Submarine Sighting Guide Rev 1_Page 1

UNITED STATES

1. SSN NAUTILUS (Silhouette shows NAUTILUS with snorkel and periscopes raised.) 320'

2. TANG CLASS - 1st variation (Silhouette shows snorkel and periscopes raised.) 268'

3. TANG CLASS - 2nd variation 268'

4. TANG CLASS· 3rd variation on 268'

5. "GUPPY" - 1st variation (Silhouette shows snorkel and periscopes raised.) 306'

UNITED STATES (CONT'D.)

6. "GUPPY" - 2nd variation (Silhouette shows snorkel and periscopes raised.) 306’

7. "GUPPY" - 3rd variation 306'

8. "GUPPY" - 4th variation 306'

9. "GUPPY" - 5th variation 306'

10. "GUPPY" - 6th variation 306'

11. "GUPPY" - 7th variation 306'

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UNITED STATES (CONT'D)

12. "FLEET·TYPE SNORKEL" - 1st variation 312'

13. "FLEET-TYPE SNORKEL" - 2nd variation 312'

14. "FLEET-TYPE" GATO CLASS (Deck gun arrangement varies.) 312’

15. "FLEET-TYPE" BALAO CLASS (Silhouette shows deck gun variation.) 312'

16. SSG (Guided Missile) - 1st variation 312'

UNITED STATES (CONT'D)

17. SSG (Guided Missile) - 2nd variation 312'

18. ASSP (Transport) 312’

19. SSR (Radar Picket) - 1st variation 312'

20. SSR (Radar Picket) - 2nd variation 312'

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UNITED STATES (CONT'D)

21. SSR (Radar Picket) - 3rd variation 341'

22. SSO (Oiler) 312'

23. SSK 2 CLASS (Anti-Sub.) 312'

24. SSK 1 CLASS (Anti.Sub.) 196'

UNITED STATES (CONT'D)

25. SST 1 CLASS (Inset shows periscopes and snorkel raised.) 130'

26. AGSS ALBACORE (Inset shows periscopes raised.) 203'

GREAT BRITAIN

27. "A" CLASS - 1st variation (Silhouette at left shows AMPHIOH with periscopes raised, silhouette at right shows snorkel raised.) 282’

28. "A" CLASS - 2nd variation 282'

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GREAT BRITAIN (CONT'D)

29. “T-CONVERSION” – 1st variation (Silhouette shows snorkel and periscopes raised.) 285’

30. "T -CONVERSION" - 2nd variation 285’

31. TIRELESS – As reconstructed 274’

32. TRITON CLASS (Inset shows conning tower variation, silhouette shows snorkel and periscopes raised.) 274’

33. TRADEWIND - As reconstructed 274’

GREAT BRITAIN (CONT'D)

34. "1940 S" CLASS (Inset shows conning tower variation, silhouette shows snorkel and periscopes raised.) 217’

35. "1940 S" CLASS - As modified for target and training duties (Silhouettes show minor appearance variations.) 217’

36. SCOTSMAN - As reconstructed 217’

37. SERAPH - As reconstructed 217'

38. UNITY CLASS 197’

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USSR

39. "K-l" CLASS (Inset shows bow variation) 320'

40. "P" CLASS 287'

41. "D" CLASS 282'

42. "L-III" CLASS 266'

43. "L-II" CLASS 266'

USSR (CONT'D)

44. "L-I" CLASS 256'

45. "S-l" CLASS 255'

46. German "TYPE XXI" CLASS (Silhouette shows snorkel and periscopes raised.) 252’

47. German "TYPE IX-C" CLASS (Silhouette shows snorkel and periscopes raised.) 252’

48. German" TYPE VII-C" CLASS (Snorkel operates in similar manner to that of "TYPE IX-C".) 221’

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USSR (CONT’D)

49. Italian TRITONE CLASS (Silhouette shows periscopes retracted.) 207’

50. Italian ACCIAIO CLASS (Silhouette shows periscopes retracted.) 197’

51. Estonian LEMBIT CLASS 195’

52. "SHCH IV" CLASS 192’

53. "SHCH IIIa" CLASS 192’

54. "SHCH III" CLASS 192’

USSR (CONT'D)

55. "SHCH 11a" CLASS 192’

56. "SHCH II" CLASS (Inset shows conning tower variation.) 192’

57. "SHCH I" CLASS 187’

58. "M-V" CLASS 175’

59. "M-IV" CLASS 146’

60. "M-Ill" CLASS 146’

61. "M-ll" CLASS 124’

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USSR (CONT'D)

62. "M-I" CLASS 124’

63. "Holland H" CLASS 150’

64. German "TYPE XXIII" CLASS (Inset shows RDF loop and periscope raised.) 114’

Note: The remainder of this sighting guide is arranged alphabetically by country.

ARGENTINA

65. SALTA CLASS 227'

BRAZIL

66. Italian PERLA CLASS 198'

CHILE

67. British "0" CLASS 275’

68. "Holland H" CLASS 150’

DENMARK

69. British UNITY CLASS - lst variation 205’

70. British UNITY CLASS - 2nd variation 205’

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FRANCE

71. ROLAND MORILLOT (German "TYPE XXI" CLASS modified.) 252’

72. BOUAN (German "TYPE IX-C" modified.) 252’

73. BLAISON (German "TYPE IX-B" CLASS.) 252’

74. L'AURORE CLASS - 1st variation 241’

75. L' AUROR E CLASS - 2nd variation 241’

FRANCE (CONT'D)

76. L'AURORE CLASS - 3rd variation (Silhouette shows minor bow variation.) 241’

77. JUNON (DIANE CLASS) 223'

78. MILLE (German "TYP E VII-C" CLASS) 221'

79. LAUBIE (German “TYPE VII-C CLASS) 221’

80. SIRENE (British "1940 S" CLASS) 217’

81. British "1940 S” CLASS - As modified for target and training duties. 217'

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GREECE

82. British UNITY CLASS 205'

ITALY

83. U. S. GATO (SS 212) CLASS - Modernized 308'

84. VORTICE (TRITONE CLASS modified) 207'

85. GIADA (ACCIAIO CLASS modified) 197'

Note: Italy also has the BARIO, a TRITONE CLASS submarine. Appearance is unknown.

NETHERLANDS

86. U.S. BALAO (SS 285) CLASS – Modernized 308’

87. British TRITON CLASS (Inset shows bow variation, silhouette shows snorkel and periscopes raised.) 274’

88. NEW CLASS - PROVISIONAL DRAWING

89. 0-21 CLASS (Deck guns may have been removed.) 254’

90. 0-27 (Fitted with German type conning tower.) 254’

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NORWAY

91. German "TYPE VII-C" CLASS (KYNN shown, other Norwegian units may vary in appearance.) 221’

92. British UNITY CLASS - 1st variation 205’

93. British UNITY CLASS - 2nd variation 197’

PERU

94. TIBURON CLASS 243’

PERU (CONT’D)

95. "Modified R Boat" CLASS 200'

POLAND

96. SEP 275'

97. WILK CLASS 256’

PORTUGAL

98. British "1940 S" CLASS 217'

RUMANIA

99. MARSUINUL 190'

100. DELFINUL 225'

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SPAIN

101. "D-1" CLASS 276’

102. Italian ARCHIMEDE CLASS 231’

103. G-7 (German "TYPE VII-C" CLASS) 221’

SWEDEN

104. SJOLEJONET CLASS (Silhouette shows periscopes raised.) 204'

105. NACKEN CLASS 204'

SWEDEN (CONT’D)

106. HAJEN CLASS - PROVISIONAL DRAWING

107. "U" CLASS 164'

THAILAND

108. MATCHANU CLASS 167'

TURKEY

109. U. S. GATO (SS 212) CLASS – Modernized (Some units carry deck guns; arrangement varies, see silhouette. Inset shows conning tower variation.) 312'

110. "AY" CLASS (Silhouette shows periscope raised.) 262'

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TURKEY (CONT'D)

111. ORUC REIS CLASS - 1st variation (Inset shows conning tower variation, silhouette shows periscopes raised.) 202’

112. ORUC REIS CLASS - 2nd variation 202’

YUGOSLAVIA

113. SAVA (Silhouette shows periscopes retracted.) 207’

114. TARA (Modified “L” CLASS) 235’

SNORKEL TYPES

I. Telescopic snorkel of U. S. TANG CLASS. Shown in "run-out" position in A and secured in B.

II. Telescopic snorkel of U.S. "GUPPY" type. Shown "run-out" in C and secured in D.

III. Telescopic snorkel fitted on U.S. submarines retaining “FLEET-TYPE” conning tower. “Run-out” in E, secured in F.

IV. Telescopic snorkel of British "T-CONVERSION" CLASS. "Run-out" in G, secured in H.

V. Folding snorkel of British "A" CLASS. Shown in upright or operating position in I and secured in J.

VI. Telescopic snorkel of ex-German "TYPE XXI" CLASS. "Run-out" in K and secured in L.

VII. Folding snorkel of ex-German “TYPE IX-C" CLASS. Shown in upright position in M and secured in a slot out into the deck

in N.

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LATE ADDENDA

GREAT BRITAIN

115. EXPLORER CLASS - PROVISIONAL DRAWING 209'

BULGARIA - See USSR section.

CHINA, COMMUNIST - See USSR section.

FRANCE

116. NARVAL CLASS 244'

117. ARETHUSE CLASS - PROVISIONAL DRAWING 162'

POLAND - See also USSR section.

RUMANIA - See also USSR section.

TURKEY

118. "FLEET - TYPE SNORKEL" 312'

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Published:Thu Nov 02 16:51:57 EDT 2017