NEWS | Oct. 8, 2013

JB Charleston - Weapons Station hosts USS Tiru reunion

By Petty Officer 2nd Class Chad Hallford Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Joint Base Charleston -- Weapons Station hosted the 60-member USS Tiru (SS-416) reunion for a public affairs-guided tour of the installation, Sept. 28, 2013.

"We were glad to see the current status of the base and learn of many of her advancements," said USS Tiru former commanding officer and retired Navy Cmdr. Charles Steinert. "It was fun to meet with the new generation of shipmates, who are standing up to man the watch in the finest of Navy traditions, and to reconnect."

The Tiru was a Balao-class diesel submarine commissioned from 1948-1975 and was temporarily homeported in Charleston during the 1970's.

The tour, included stops at "Charlie's place," Wharf Alpha, and All Saints Chapel. The stop at Wharf Alpha included a memorial service during which, more than 200 USS Tiru shipmates were paid final tributes.

"I learned a great deal about the base," said Naval Support Activity Charleston administrative assistant Petty Officer 3rd Class Mason Riley, "Interacting with these veterans and hearing their sea stories was an incredible experience ."