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A 7 de setembro de 1963, na base de Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, foram entregues ao Governo Brasileiro dois submarinos da classe Ballao, o PLAICE (USS-390) (comissionado em 12/Fev/1944) e o SAND LANCE (USS-381) (comissionado em 9/Out/1943). Ambos submarinos participaram de ações de combate na II GG.
Esses subs, que receberam os nomes de BAHIA (S 12) e RIO GRANDE DO SUL (S 11), respectivamente, na nossa Marinha, foram construídos no estaleiro de Portsmouth, N.H., USA. As unidades foram cedidas ao Governo Brasileiro, após 15 anos na esquadra de reserva, em atendimento ao Programa Militar de Assistência (MAP).
As características gerais dos dois submarinos eram semelhantes às daqueles recebidos em 1957, com alguma evolução na capacidade de detecção sonar. Além disso, o grupo de propulsão contava com quatro Motores de Combustào Principais (MCPs) Fairbanks Morse, de 1.660 HP cada um.
(Detalhe da matéria é a inversão das manchetes nas fotos superiores. A foto à esquerda está descrita como sendo da guarnição brasileira pres- tando homenagem às vítimas de Pearl Harbor, no monumento aos mortos durante o ataque japonês, enquanto que a foto à direita é descrita como mostrando os Comandantes Jorge Fernandes, Nelson R. Correa e Abilio S. Machado).
O jornal PATROL, noticiário da Base Naval de Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, assim noticiou a transferência:
Run 16, Div.18 U.S. Nayal Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. September 6, 1963.
Plaice, Sand Lance Transfer Tomorrow
The A m e r i c a n crews of PLAICE and SAND LANCE will haul down the colors to- morrow and the Brazilian Ensign. Jack and Commission Pennant will be hoisted as the two subs are transferred to Brazil. Rear Admiral C. A. Buchanan, Commandant of the 14th Naval district, will be principle speaker at the cerimony which begins at 9:40 a. m. at Sierra 10.
Commander Jorge Fernandes, President of the Brazilian Naval Comission, Pearl Harbor, will accept the subs on behalf of his government and order the Brazilian Prospective Commanding Officers to man their ships.
Commander Nelson R. Correa will relieve Liutenant Commander Carl H. Sebenius Jr, as CO of SAND LANCE, and Commander Abilio S. Machado will assume command of PLAICE from Commander Floyd R. Muck.
PLAICE will be recomissioned as BAHIA and SAND LANCE will become RIO GRANDE DO SUL. After the two subs have been manned and recomissioned by their brazilian crews tomorrow, the 14th Naval District Band will play the Brazilian National Anthem. Then all ships in the harbor will be ordered to execute Full Dress Ship in honor of "Dia da Independencia" - Brazilian Independence Day, Sept. 7.
Near the closing of the cerimony, the Most Revered James J. Sweeney, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Honolulu, will bless the two ships. The transfers of the subs - the fourth and fifth for Pearl Harbor - will be attended by Admiral Clarey and other rankink military officers.
PLAICE and SAND LANCE are being turned over to the Brazilian government under the Military Assistance Program, designed to add the collective strength of the Free World. Previously, KRAKEN (Spain), LIZARDFISH (Italy) and SPOT (Chile) were refitted and transferred here to an allied Navy.
PLAICE, which rejoined the Fleet May 17, for overhaul and transfer, was first comissioned in 1944, and spent 15 years in mothballs. SAND LANCE was first comissioned Oct. 9, 1943. She rejoined the Fleet May 6, after a Pearl Shipyard overhaul.
Lieutenant Commander Muck, skipper of PLAICE, will assume command of GRAYBACK after the the transfer, and his Executive Officer Lieutenant Commander Don Killian will join ComSubPac staff.
Lieutenant Commander Sebenius has received orders to assume command of BLACKFIN after turning over SAND LANCE helm. Lieutenant Commander Stanley J. Marks, the sub's Exec will become Executive Officer of the San Diego-based POMODON.