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USS BLENNY (SS-324) - a Balao class submarine

In Commission 1944 to 1969

SS-324 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUL 1943 - Keel Date: 8 JUL 1943
at Electric Boat Company Groton CT
APR 1944 - Launch Date: 9 APR 1944
JUN 1944 - Commissioned: 27 JUN 1944
JUL 1963 - Shellback Initiation - 17 JUL 1963 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1963 - DEC 1963 North Atlantic
MAR 1966 - JUN 1966 North Atlantic
OCT 1966 - APR 1967 Mediterranean
MAY 1967 - SEP 1967 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
NOV 1969 - Decommissioned: 7 NOV 1969

SS-324 General Specifications

Class: Balao class submarine

Complement: 10 Officers and 70 Enlisted

Displacement: 1830 tons

Length: 307 feet 7 inches

Beam: 27 feet 4 inches

Draft: 17 feet

Range: 11 000 Nautical Miles

Final Disposition: Scuttled off Ocean City Maryland 7 June 1989


Blenny (SS-324) was launched 9 April 1944 by Electric Boat Co. Groton Conn.; sponsored by Miss Florence King daughter of Admiral E. J. King; commissioned 27 July 1944 Lieutenant Commander W. H. Hazzard in command; and reported to the Pacific Fleet.

Between 10 November 1944 and 14 August 1945 Blenny conducted four war patrols in the Java and South China Seas. Blenny eight Japanese vessels totaling 18 262 tons. In addition she is credited with destroying more than 62 miscellaneous Japanese small craft by gunfire.

With the cessation of hostilities Blenny returned to San Diego arriving 5 September 1945. She operated locally from the San Diego area during the remainder of 1945. Between 1946 and 1951 Blenny made one cruise to China (August-November 1946); participated in a midshipman cruise to Canada; made two winter cruises in Alaskan waters (1947-48 and 1948-49); and participated in fleet maneuvers off Hawaii and local operations near San Diego.

In 1951 Blenny underwent conversion to a Guppy submarine and spent the remainder of the year operating in the San Diego area. Between May and November 1952 she cruised in the Far East during which time she conducted a 35-day reconnaissance patrol in support of the Korean operations. The boat spent 1953 conducting local operations along the west coast.

On 24 May 1954 Blenny reported to the Atlantic Fleet. Since that time she has operated out of New London Conn. and has participated in Atlantic Fleet NATO and anti-submarine warfare exercises in addition to operating with a submarine development group engaged in evaluating new equipment.

Blenny received four battle stars for her World War II service.

[Note: The above USS BLENNY (SS-324) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS BLENNY (SS-324) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]