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USS CATFISH (SS-339) - a Balao class submarine

In Commission 1945 to 1971

SS-339 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JAN 1944 - Keel Date: 6 JAN 1944
at Electric Boat Company Groton CT
NOV 1944 - Launch Date: 19 NOV 1944
MAR 1945 - Commissioned: 19 MAR 1945
JUL 1947 - Shellback Initiation - 21 JUL 1947 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1949 - OCT 1949 operation Miki
JAN 1967 - OCT 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1967 - JUL 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR 1970 - SEP 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1971 - Decommissioned: 1 JUL 1971

SS-339 General Specifications

Class: Balao class submarine

Complement: 10 Officers and 70 Enlisted

Displacement: 1526 tons

Length: 311 feet 9 inches

Beam: 27 feet 3 inches

Draft: 16 feet 10 in

Range: 11 000 Nautical Miles

Final Disposition: Transferred to Argentina 1 July 1971


Catfish (SS-339) was launched 19 November 1944 by Electric Boat Co. Groton Conn.; sponsored by Mrs. J. J. Crowley; and commissioned 19 March 1945 Lieutenant Commander W. A. Overton USNR in command.

Catfish sailed from New London 4 May 1945 for Pearl Harbor arriving 29 June. After training and the installation of new equipment she proceeded to Guam for special training then departed 8 August for her first war patrol a special mission to locate a minefield off Kyushu. When the cease-fire order was given 15 August she was ordered to the Yellow Sea for surface patrol and lifeguard duty. She returned to Guam 4 September thence to the west coast arriving at Seattle 29 September.

Based at San Diego Catfish operated locally on the west coast and made two cruises to the Far East during which she conducted simulated war patrols and provided services to the 7th Fleet.

Catfish was extensively modernized (August 1948 - May 1949) giving her greater submerged speed and endurance. She was on another Far Eastern cruise when war broke out in Korea in which area she made a reconnaissance patrol in support of the United Nations forces. Catfish returned to the "States" 20 October 1950 and was based at San Diego. Since that time the submarine has carried out training exercises with Naval Reservists off the west coast operated with Canadian forces in joint antisubmarine warfare exercises and made several cruises to the Far East. Catfish has continued this employment through 1963.

Catfish received one battle star for World War II service.

[Note: The above USS CATFISH (SS-339) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS CATFISH (SS-339) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]