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USS BASHAW (SS-241) - a Gato-class submarine

In Commission 1943 to 1949

SS-241 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC 1942 - Keel Date: 4 DEC 1942
at General Dynamics Electric Boat Groton CT
JUL 1943 - Launch Date: 25 JUL 1943
OCT 1943 - Commissioned: 25 OCT 1943
SEP 1969 - Decommissioned: 13 SEP 1969

SS-241 General Specifications

Class: Gato-class submarine

Complement: 6 Officers and 54 Enlisted

Displacement: 1525 tons

Length: 311 feet 9 inches

Beam: 27 feet 3 inches

Draft: 17 feet

Range: 11 000 Nautical Miles

Final Disposition: Sold for scrap 1 July 1972


Bashaw (SS-241) was launched 25 July 1943 by Electric Boat Co. Groton Conn. sponsored by Mrs. Norman S. Ives wife of Captain Ives and commissioned 25 October 1943 Lieutenant Commander R. E. Nichols in command.

Bashaw arrived at Milne Bay New Guinea 3 March 1944. During 10 March 1944-29 April 1945 she completed six war patrols in the Celebes Philippine and South China Seas. Bashaw sank three Japanese merchant vessels totaling 19 269 tons as well as several small craft.

Bashaw returned to Subic Bay Philippine Islands 29 April 1945 and then sailed to Mare Island Navy Yard for an overhaul. Upon completion of the yard Period 13 August 1945 she departed for Pearl Harbor. The war ended while she was enroute and she was ordered to return to Mare Island. On 5 September she arrived at Mare Island and began her pre-inactivation overhaul going into commission in reserve there 24 November 1945. On 20 June 1949 her status was changed to out of commission in reserve.

Bashaw was recommissioned 3 April 1951 and operated out of San Diego along the west coast until 10 May 1952 when she went out of commission in reserve. Between May 1952 and March 1953 she underwent conversion at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard to an anti-submarine submarine and was reclassified SSK-241 18 February 1953. Bashaw was recommissioned 28 March 1953 and reported to Submarine Division 33 at San Diego. Between March and August 1954 Bashaw made a Far Eastern cruise. During the following year she took part in several type exercises including one major exercise in the Hawaiian area before being overhauled at San Francisco. Between January and August 1956 Bashaw conducted her second postwar tour of the Far East. On 14 August 1956 she arrived at the Submarine Base Pearl Harbor and since that time has operated from there.

Bashaw received five battle stars for her World War II service.

[Note: The above USS BASHAW (SS-241) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS BASHAW (SS-241) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]