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USS BATFISH (SS-310) - a Balao class submarine

In Commission 1943 to 1946

SS-310 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC1942-Keel Date: 27 DEC 1942
at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Kittery ME
MAY1943-Launch Date: 5 MAY 1943
AUG1943-Commissioned: 21 AUG 1943
JAN1957-Shellback Initiation - 25 JAN 1957 - Pacific Ocean
NOV1969-Decommissioned: 1 NOV 1969

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


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 Luzon Strait and South China Sea. Combatant vessels sunk were: the destroyer Samidare 26 August 1944 in 0830' N. 13437' E. and the submarines RO-55 10 February 1945 in 1856' N. 12134' E.; RO-112 11 February 1945 in 1853' N. 12150' E.; and RO-113 13 February 1945 in 1910' N. 12125' E.

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 Fla. 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.

[Note: The above USS BATFISH (SS-310) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS BATFISH (SS-310) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]