Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Razorback Visits China in 1948

In late October, 1947, Razorback left San Francisco for what would be recorded as "Simulated War Patrol Number Two", a deployment that modern sailors would recognize as a WESTPAC.  Among the ports Razorback visited was Quindao, China (also known as Tsingtao).

Razorback arrived there on this day in 1948.

At the time, the United States was supporting the Chinese Nationalist Party in its civil war against the Chinese Communist Party.  Major training bases for both officers and enlisted personnel in the Chinese Nationalist Navy were in operation in Quindao during this time.

Razorback would remain in Qindao for three weeks, conducting training with various U.S. Navy destroyers during this period.  The deck logs show that Razorback sailors had ample opportunities for liberty on the weekends.

This silk embroidery was created for former Razorback crew member and museum supporter Gene Haley during this time.  Gene had it framed and donated it to AIMM.  It is on display in the museum.


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