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USS CUSK (SS-348) - a Balao class submarine

In Commission 1946 to 1969

SS-348 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAY 1944 - Keel Date: 25 MAY 1944
at Electric Boat Company Groton CT
JUL 1945 - Launch Date: 28 JUL 1945
FEB 1946 - Commissioned: 5 FEB 1946
FEB 1947 - FEB 1947 First Submarine Missile Launch
NOV 1959 - MAR 1960 Regular Overhaul
MAY 1960 - OCT 1960 West Pac
FEB 1962 - JUL 1962 West Pac
OCT 1962 - NOV 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
JAN 1965 - JAN 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1968 - SEP 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG 1968 - MAR 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1969 - Decommissioned: 24 SEP 1969

SS-348 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: Sold for scrap 26 June 1972


Cusk (SS-348) was launched 28 July 1945 by Electric Boat Co. Groton Conn.; cosponsored by Mrs. C. S. Gillette and Mrs. W. G. Reed; and commissioned 5 February 1946 Commander P. E. Summers in command.

Departing New London 24 April 1946 Cusk made an extended cruise through the Caribbean Sea and arrived at San Diego 6 June 1946. She sailed to Alaska and northern waters between 16 July and 20 August then carried out local operations out of San Diego. A pioneer in the missile field Cusk was designated SSG-348 20 January 1948 and was the first submarine to launch a guided missile from her own deck a forerunner of the ballistic missile submarines of the future. She entered Mare Island Naval Shipyard for extensive modernization in 1954 but remained in the missile program because of her special guidance equipment although redesignated SS-348 1 July 1954.

Cusk arrived at Pearl Harbor her new home port 13 May 1957. Continuing her missile experiments she operated in Hawaiian waters except for a cruise to San Diego in 1957 and duty in the Far East in 1958 and 1960.

[Note: The above USS CUSK (SS-348) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS CUSK (SS-348) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]