USS RATON (SS-270) THE MIGHTY MICK
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The USS RATON (SS/SSR/AGSS-270), a Gato-class submarine, was a ship of the United States Navy named for the raton, a polynemoid fish inhabiting semitropical waters off the Pacific coast of America.
Raton (SS-270) 1943-1948 Attack Submarine
The Raton SS-270 was laid down May 29, 1942 by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc, Wisc.; launched January 24, 1943; sponsored by Mrs. C.C. West and commissioned July 13, 1943, Lt. Comdr. J.W. Davis in command. Following training in Lake Michigan and at Coco Solo, C.Z.; Raton sailed for the southwest Pacific September 19, 1943, and upon arriving at Brisbane, Australia, on October 16, joined Submarine Force, 7th Fleet.
Raton (SSR-270) 1953-1959 Radar Picket Submarine
After being placed in reserve in the fall of 1948, Raton was decommissioned at New London, Conn., on March 11, 1949. She remained in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at New London until July 1952 when she was towed to Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for conversion to a radar picket submarine. Redeisgnated SSR-270 on July 18, 1952, Cmdr. J.K. Wills in command, Raton underwent training for several months prior to being ordered to the Pacific where she spent the next year in local operations, before departing from San Diego on May 11, 1955 for a 6 month deployment to WestPac. Raton then was assigned for her second 7th Fleet deployment, May 1957 training in exercises off the Pacific Coast. After overhaul the submarine deployed to the 7th Fleet yet another time from March 1959 to November 1959, participating in operations with SEATO and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.
Raton (AGSS-270) 1960-1968 Auxiliary Submarine
Raton sailed west for her fourth 7th Fleet deployment in July 1961, returning to Sand Diego in December, where she engaged in fleet training operations off the west coast of the United States, providing services for air, surface, and submarine forces. In 1966 Raton once more followed the setting sun for another tour of duty with the 7th Fleet. While deployed, Raton exercised with SEATO naval units in Exercise “Sea Imp”. Her final years were spent in local operations, reserve training, and as a test ship. Raton was decommissioned at Mare Island Naval Shipyard and stricken from the Navy List June 28, 1969.
RATON was awarded six battle stars for service in World War II.
The insignia was worn on fatigues and off duty jackets by the crew of the “Raton”.
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