USS GREENFISH (SS-351)
Greenfish (SS-351) was launched by the Electric Boat Co., Groton, Conn., 21 December 1945; sponsored by
Mrs. Thomas J. Doyle; and
commissioned 7 June 1946, Comdr. R. M.
Greenfish's shakedown cruise 22 July to 13 September 1946, took her to Barranquilla, Colombia ; the
Canal Zone; Callao, Peru; and St.
Thomas, Virgin Islands. Exercises out
of New London and in Chesapeake Bay carried her through the year, and the early months of 1947 found Greenfish, back in the Caribbean for fleet exercises. On 11 February 1947 she
effected one of the first transfers of personnel
from an aircraft carrier, Franklin D. Roosevelt, to a submarine by helicopter. Various exercises
along the American coast and in the Caribbean occupied Greenfish until
8 January 1948, when she entered the Electric Boat Co. yards for GUPPY (Greater Underwater Propulsion Power) conversion.
conversion included the installation of snorkeling equipment on Greenfish to enable her to
steam on diesel engines while submerged, which required the enlargement of her "sail." In addition, more
batteries were installed to increase
her submerged speed and permit the ship to remain completely submerged
for longer periods. Returning to New London
21 August 1948, Greenfish sailed on her "second"
shakedown cruise 1 September, with Rear Admiral
James J. Fife, Commander, Submarine Force, Atlantic Fleet, aboard. She transited the Panama Canal 9 September
and engaged in exercises at Balboa before returning
to New London 24 September.
new GUPPY submarine was attached to the Pacific Fleet, and sailed for Pearl Harbor 23 October. She reached her new home 25 November 1948. With
the exception of ASW and harbor defense
exercises in Puget Sound
January-February 1950 and a subsequent Mare Island overhaul, Greenfish operated
out of Pearl Harbor on local
exercises through 1951.
Pearl Harbor 15 November 1951, Greenfish sailed to Yokosuka, Japan, for Korean War duty.
patrol 31 January to 1 March 1952, She participated in exercises at Okinawa and
then returned to Hawaii 2 June. Local and special operations filled her time until 5
1954, when she entered the Pearl Harbor Shipyard for another modernization overhaul.
Greenfish, overhaul completed 6 July 1955, sailed for
deployment with the 7th Fleet 15 September and reached Yokosuka 29 September.
From 19 October to 15 November She engaged in special operations, and then
embarked on a tour of Southeast Asia. Ports
visited by Greenfish during
her 2-month cruise include Manila, Singapore, Rangoon, where she was the first
submarine ever to visit and was
inspected by Burmese Prime Minister U Nu. and Hong Kong. After further exercises off Okinawa and Yokosuka, Greenfish returned to Pearl
Harbor 13 March 1956.
following 5 years fell into a pattern for Green-fish-local operations out of
Pearl Harbor, special operations, exercises along the American coast, and
Greenfish entered Pearl Harbor Shipyard 15 December 1960 for a FRAM (Fleet Rehabilitation
and Modernization) overhaul and extensive conversion to a GUPPY-III class ship. This included cutting Greenfish
in half and adding a 15-foot section of hull to permit more batteries and other equipment.
completed, Greenfish departed 28 July 1961 for shakedown, operations
at Pearl Harbor, and in December sailed to serve with the 7th Fleet. In addition to
operations, the submarine participated in various fleet and ASW exercises and visited several
ports, including Hong Kong, Manila, and
Okinawa. Returning to Pearl Harbor
June 1962, Greenfish engaged in local operations until October, when the Cuban missile crisis
sent her to Japan to strengthen the
7th Fleet. Upon return to Hawaii December 1962, she underwent a brief overhaul
and then resumed her peace time schedule of local and special operations interspersed with training
at Pearl Harbor, she participated in various ASW exercises while maintaining the high tempo of training and readiness for her crew. From 30 March 1964
to 4 September she underwent overhaul;
and, after a cruise to the Pacific
Coast and back, Greenfish departed for the Far East 27 January 1965. She arrived Japan early
in February and during the next 4
months operated with the 7th Fleet in waters from Japan to the Philippines. She
returned to Pearl Harbor 1 August, continued type training into 1966, and
deployed once again to the Western Pacific 1 February 1966. She
completed her duty with the 7th Fleet 1 July
and returned to Hawaii later that month to resume readiness exercises out of
Pearl Harbor. Into 1967 she continued
to serve the cause of peace as a unit of
the Pacific Fleet's powerful submarine force.
[Note: The above USS GREENFISH (SS-351) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS GREENFISH (SS-351), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]