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USS BANG (SS-385) - a Balao class submarine

In Commission 1943 to 1947

SS-385 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
APR 1943 - Keel Date: 30 APR 1943
at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Kittery ME
AUG 1943 - Launch Date: 30 AUG 1943
DEC 1943 - Commissioned: 4 DEC 1943
JAN 1962 - JUN 1962 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
OCT 1972 - Decommissioned: 1 OCT 1972

SS-385 General Specifications

Class: Balao class submarine

Complement: 10 Officers and 70 Enlisted

Displacement: 1526 tons

Length: 311 feet 6 inches

Beam: 27 feet 3 inches

Draft: 16 feet 10 in

Range: 11 000 Nautical Miles

Final Disposition: Transferred to Spain 1 October 1972


Bang (SS-385) was launched 30 August 1943 by Portsmouth Navy Yard; sponsored by Mrs. R. W. Neblett; and commissioned 4 December 1943 Lieutenant Commander A. R. Gallaher in command.

Bang's war operations span the period from 29 March 1944 until 18 May 1945 during which time she completed six war patrols. She is officially credited with sinking eight Japanese merchant ships totaling 20 177 tons while operating in the South China and Philippine Seas.

Bang arrived at Portsmouth Navy Yard 22 June 1945 and after repairs proceeded to New London where she went out of commission in reserve 12 February 1947.

Bang was converted to a Guppy type submarine and recommissioned 4 October 1952. Until August 1953 she conducted training off the east coast and in the Caribbean. During August-24 September 1953 she operated east of Iceland and off Scotland.

In January 1954 she sailed to the Mediterranean for a cruise with the 6th Fleet which terminated 11 March 1954 at New London Conn. Between March 1954 and December 1956 Bang operated out of New London on various exercises conducted two training cruises in the Caribbean one cruise to Halifax Nova Scotia and one trip to Quebec Canada.

Bang received six battle stars for her World War II patrols.

[Note: The above USS BANG (SS-385) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS BANG (SS-385) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]