to Milne Bay
departed ALGIERS on October 09, 1943 and proceeded down the Mississippi
River to Pilottown and then down South Pass to the entrance buoy to the
Gulf of Mexico. In the Gulf
is where REDFIN made her first dive in salt water.
REDFIN proceeded on to the Submarine Base, COCO SOLO, PANAMA CANAL
ZONE, arriving there on October 14, 1943 at 1400 hours.
days were devoted to routine maintenance and preparing for the training
period. REDFIN went through
the Degaussing Slip to be demagnetized from any magnetic mines.
October 17th and November 18th REDFIN conducted
trials and training in the COCO SOLO area and the training area off LAS
PERLES ISLAND. The training
consisted of torpedo tube tests and firings, Independent Ship’s
Exercises, torpedo and gunnery firing, sound testing and preparation for
returned to the Submarine Base at COCO SOLO via the Panama Canal to
receive fuel, torpedoes, ammunition and fresh and dry stores.
November 04, 1943 LCDR Robert KING was promoted to CDR as of November 01.
departed COCO SOLO and proceeded through the Panama Canal to the GALAPAGOS
ISLANDS, arriving there on November 23rd. At quarters on November 23rd Charles Harry
HOMEWOOD was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal.
departed the GALAPAGOS ISLANDS on the same day, after they fueled to
capacity, and proceeded to BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA.
December 08, 1943 REDFIN received a dispatch changing the destination from
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA to MILNE BAY, NEW GUINEA.
arrived in MILNE BAY, NEW GUINEA on Saturday, December 18, 1943 and moored
alongside USS FULTON (AS-11) at 1307 hours.
8,500-mile voyage from GALAPAGOS to MILNE BAY is believed to be the
longest non-stop voyage made by any submarine until the time of the
period between December 18th and 25th was devoted to
repairs and general upkeep.