I came across this photo taken for LIFE MAGAZINE that shows our USS Sea Robin & USS Grouper in the background. I date this photo as Feb 29, 1952.
The Secretary of the Navy D.A. Kimball (1951-53) is shown on the pier with his hat covering his heart. The ceremony is to honor the 5000th dive of USS Flying Fish SS-229, the first boat to record that feat.
Here is a Turkish sailor standing on the deck of ex USS BOARFISH taken 10 Dec 1962. They probably were on a port visit to NLON.
USS DIABLO & SEA ROBIN are in the background. What I find significant is that Diablo would be heading soon to the Philly yard for conversion to fleet snorkel. She was transferred to the Pakistani Navy in June of 1964. Sea Robin had a number of Pakistani aboard for training during 63-64, as some recall.
The ex Diablo was lost with all hands while laying mines during the India - Pakistani- War in 1971.
Our old COB, ZANG served on Diablo as GM1(SS) 59-61.
I remember 4 or 5 Pakistani's being on board for a while I think they split the Pakistani crew up among the boats in Groton for training. I'm not sure how good a job we did. I think they had problems when they took over the boats. They wouldn't drink when they were together but when seperated they enjoyed it as nuch as we did. Maybe that was the problem we turned them into alcoholics.