Venezuelan Navy`s ARV Picua, S-22

Two GUPPY II convergence submarine were bought from the US at the beginning of the 1970s-Picua S-22 (ex Grenadier SS-525, Tench class) and Cubera S-21 (ex Triburay SS-347, Balao class).

Grenadier SS-525
was laid down by Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston, Mass., on February 8, 1944; launched December 15, 1944 and commissioned on April 4, 1949.She was decommissioned, struck from the navy list and sold to Venezuela on may 15, 1973-renamed Picua.

Specifications, USS Grenadier SS-525:
Displacement (srf/sub tons): 1,870/2,416
Dimensions (L*B*D feet): 311`8*27`2*15`3
Propulsion: 4*GM Winton V-16 or 4*Fairbanks-Morse 10 cylinder diesel engine, 2*1,370hp direct drive DC electric motors, 2 shafts
Speed (srf/sub knots): 20.25/8.75
Range (srf/sub n/miles@knots): 11,000
Diving depth (feet): 400
7 officers 69 enlisted
Torpedo: 6*21"(533 mm) bow torpedo tubes, 4*21" stern torpedo tubes, total of 24 torpedoes
Mines: none
Armament: 1*5"/25 main deck gun, 2*40mm AA gun, 2*0.5" machine gun

Image Country Year Description
Venezuela 1980 Submarine ARV Picua S-22
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