SS-310 General Specifications
Class: Balao class submarine
Complement: 10 Officers and 68 Enlisted
Displacement: 1470 tons
Length: 311 feet 6 inches
Beam: 27 feet 3 inches
Draft: 16 feet 10 in
Range: 11 000 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition: Memorial at Muskogee Oklahoma 18 February 1972
USS BATFISH (SS-310)
Acoupa (SS-310) was renamed Batfish 24 September 1942; launched 6 May 1943 by Portsmouth Navy Yard; sponsored by Mrs. A. J. Fortier; and commissioned 21 August 1943
Lieutenant Commander W. R. Merrill in command.
Batfish's war operations span a period from 11 December 1943 to
26 August 1945 during which she completed six war patrols. She is credited with having
sunk nine Japanese ships totaling 10
658 tons while operating east of Japan
in the Philippine Sea
and South China Sea. Combatant vessels sunk were: the destroyer Samidare
26 August 1944 in 08°30' N.
134°37' E. and the submarines RO-55
10 February 1945 in 18°56' N.
121°34' E.; RO-112
11 February 1945 in 18°53' N.
121°50' E.; and RO-113
13 February 1945 in 19°10' N.
Batfish returned to the United States after the Japanese surrender and following completion of her pre-inactivation overhaul was placed out of commission in reserve at Mare Island Navy Yard 6 April 1946.
On 7 March 1952 she was recommissioned and on 21 April assigned to Submarine Division 122 based at Key West
to carry out training duty. Since that time she has operated between Key West and Caribbean ports.
Batfish received the Presidential Unit Citation for her sixth war patrol in the South China Sea during which she sank the three Japanese submarines. She was also awarded nine battle stars for her World War II service.