U.S.S. SEA WOLF

Classification: Terrestrial technology

Creator: United States Navy

User/Possessors: (crew) Captain Griggs, Captain Simon Savage, Roy Stone, Captain Wilhite
(passengers) the Howling Commandos, Peter Kazantis, the Leatherneck Raiders, Terry Reiker

First Appearance: (unnamed) Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#10 (September, 1964);
(named) Captain Savage and his Leatherneck Raiders#1 (January, 1968)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The U.S.S. Sea Wolf was an ordinary submarine, equipped with a periscope and torpedoes, and designed to dive thousands of feet below the ocean.

History: (Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#10) - The Sea Wolf picked up the Howling Commandos in order to transport them to Okinawa, in an attempt to rescue Colonel Phil Parker from a Japanese prison camp. When they were 100 feet from Okinawa, Captain Savage had the Howlers exit the boat while he drew the fire of the Japanese ships that had detected them.

(Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#14) - Captain Savage met the Howling Commandos again when he had the Sea Wolf transport them to Germany to destroy a missile site. Along the way, the Sea Wolf destroyed a German patrol boat. When the Howlers completed their mission, the Sea Wolf brought them back to England.

(Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#26) - After the Howlers' "Dum-Dum" Dugan was captured aboard the German's Sea Shark, Captain Savage was assigned to transport the Howlers to the Sea Shark's location aboard the Sea Wolf in an attempt to rescue him. By the time they arrived, Dugan had already destroyed the Sea Shark himself, and they retrieved him and his three comrades who had also been held prisoner from the waters, and brought them all back to England.

(Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#29) - The Sea Wolf picked up the Howlers by the French coast after they had fought Baron Wolfgang von Strucker in Cherbeaux.

(Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#33) - The Sea Wolf transported the Howling Commandos and Peter Kazantis to Greece so that the Howlers could help Kazantis aid the resistance forces in Greece. Along the way, the Sea Wolf destroyed a Nazi ship. 48 hours later, the Sea Wolf returned to retrieve the Howlers, but found only Fury waiting, as the others had all been captured.

(Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#49) - The Sea Wolf surfaced near a ship the Howling Commandos were aboard in order brief them, but the Howlers initially mistook it for an enemy sub, and ruined its periscope. Savage commanded the Sea Wolf on its way to Tarawa so that the Howlers could rescue Rolfe Harrison, who had been spying on the Japanese forces there. The Howlers returned to the Sea Wolf with Harrison, but lost "Izzy" Cohen to the Japanese along the way.

(Captain Savage and his Leatherneck Raiders#1) - After Captain Savage's first mission alongside his new team, the Leatherneck Raiders, he and the others were greeted by Nick Fury and the Howling Commandos, who had brought out the Sea Wolf to pick up them up after destroying munitions at Tarawa.

(Captain Savage and his Leatherneck Raiders#2) - The Sea Wolf brought the Leatherneck Raiders to HYDRA Island, as they investigated the sightings of a "phantom submarine."

(Captain Savage and his Leatherneck Raiders#6) - Savage held a briefing aboard the Sea Wolf as he prepared the Leathernecks for a mission to Burma, to rescue the Howling Commandos' Isadore "Izzy" Cohen from a Japanese prison camp.

(Captain Savage and his Leatherneck Raiders#7) - The Sea Wolf dropped off the Leathernecks with surfboards near the island base of Colonel Sakata, so that they could reach his island undetected.

(Captain Savage and his Battlefield Raiders#11) - The Sea Wolf transported the Howling Commandos and Leatherneck Raiders to a Japanese island where the anti-war scientist Terry Reiker was aiding the Japanese so that they could attempt to capture her.

(Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#64) - After successfully capturing Terry Reiker, the Howling Commandos and Leatherneck Raiders brought her back to Australia with them aboard the Sea Wolf.

(Captain Savage and his Battlefield Raiders#12) - The Leathernecks took the Sea Wolf on a scouting mission, only to run into a Japanese fleet, and were hit by depth charges. When the impact of an explosion knocked Savage out, Captain Griggs took command and surrendered to the Japanese. The Sea Wolf was somewhow recovered from the Japanese after the Leathernecks escaped their prison camp.

(Captain Savage and his Battlefield Raiders#17) - Savage and the other Leathernecks waited in the Sea Wolf nearby a Japanese-occupied island waiting for Jay Little Bear to return from destroying the base there, but when he seemingly failed his mission, they had to depart without him.

(Captain Savage and his Battlefield Raiders#18) - The Sea Wolf transported the Leathernecks to a Japanese island where an important American officer was being held in a prison camp. After they successfully freed the officer, the Sea Wolf transported them back to Australia.

(Captain Savage and his Battlefield Raiders#19) - Feeling out-of-sorts due to his impending divorce, Savage returned to command the Sea Wolf on a recon mission, although the new captain, Captain Wilhite, was of the opinion that he had a better understanding of the ship and its current crew. During the mission, the Sea Wolf was sighted by a Japanese fleet, and Savage tried to hide from them by shutting down the submarine, but they began to drop depth charges on them. Savage was in the process of having debris loaded into the torpedo tubes to fool the fleet, when the impact of an explosion made him hit his head, and Wilhite resumed command. Wilhite was tired of hiding, and took the Sea Wolf into combat, but Savage regained consciousness in time to salvage the situation. Savage managed to destroy one of the ships hunting them, and brought the Sea Wolf back home safely.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Dick Ayers and George Roussos, named by Gary Friedrich
Captain Griggs created by Gary Friedrich, Don Heck and Syd Shores.

Captain Savage was still commanding a submarine during the Korean War (Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos Annual#1), but his sub wasn't named; it might be that the Sea Wolf was still in service.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
The U.S.S. Sea Wolf should not be confused with:


CAPTAIN GRIGGS

Captain Griggs was the captain of the Sea Wolf when Savage wasn't aboard. Griggs took command of the Sea Wolf during an incident with a Japanese fleet in which Captain Savage was knocked unconscious. Griggs was so afraid for the safety of the crew aboard that he surrendered to the Japanese, and was sent to a prison camp with the Leatherneck Raiders. He escaped from the camp alongside the Leatherneck Raiders and Father Thompson, a missionary.

--Captain Savage and his Battlefield Raiders#12













Images taken from:
Captain Savage and his Battlefield Raiders#19, page 20
Griggs- Captain Savage and his Battlefield Raiders#12, page 7, panel 4


Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#14 (January, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Dick Ayers (penciler), George Roussos (inker)
Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#26 (January, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Dick Ayers (penciler), Carl Hubbell (inker)
Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#29 (April, 1966) - Roy Thomas (writer), Dick Ayers (penciler), John Tartaglione (inker), Stan Lee (editor)
Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#33 (August, 1966) - Roy Thomas (writer), Dick Ayers (penciler), John Tartaglione (inker), Stan Lee (editor)
Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#49 (December, 1967) - Gary Friedrich (writer), Dick Ayers (penciler), John Severin (inker), Stan Lee (editor)
Captain Savage and his Leatherneck Raiders#2 (March, 1968) - Gary Friedrich (writer), Dick Ayers (pencils), Syd Shores (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Captain Savage and his Leatherneck Raiders#6 (October, 1968) - Gary Friedrich (writer), Dick Ayers (pencils), Syd Shores (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Captain Savage and his Leatherneck Raiders#7 (November, 1968) - Archie Goodwin (writer), Dick Ayers (pencils), Syd Shores (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Captain Savage and his Battlefield Raiders#11 (February, 1969) - Gary Friedrich (writer), Dick Ayers (pencils), John Severin (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Captain Savage and his Battlefield Raiders#12 (March, 1969) - Gary Friedrich (writer), Don Heck (pencils), Syd Shores (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#64 (March, 1969) - Gary Friedrich (writer), Dick Ayers (penciler), John Severin (inker), Stan Lee (editor)
Captain Savage and his Battlefield Raiders#17-19 (November, 1969 - March, 1970) - Gary Friedrich (writer), Dick Ayers (pencils), John Severin (inks), Stan Lee (editor)

Last updated: 07/30/05

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