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
USS CATFISH (SS-339)
Catfish (SS-339) was launched 19
November 1944 by Electric Boat Co.
Conn.; sponsored by Mrs.
J. J. Crowley; and commissioned 19 March 1945
W. A. Overton
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
then departed 8 August for her first war patrol
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
to the west coast
arriving at Seattle 29 September.
Based at San Diego
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
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]