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USS REDFISH (SS-395) - a Balao class submarine

In Commission 1944 to 1968

SS-395 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
SEP1943-Keel Date: 9 SEP 1943
at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Kittery ME
JAN1944-Launch Date: 27 JAN 1944
APR1944-Commissioned: 12 APR 1944
APR1959-OCT1959West Pac
JUL1960-Reclassified AGSS-395 on 1 July 1960
JUN1968-Decommissioned: 27 JUN 1968

SS-395 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: Sunk as target off San Diego California 6 February 1969


The first Redfish (SS-395) was laid down 9 September 1943 by Portsmouth Navy Yard Portsmouth N.H.; launched 27 January 1944; sponsored by Miss Ruth Roper; and commissioned 12 April 1944 Comdr. Louis D. McGregor in command.

Redfish arrived at Pearl Harbor 27 June 1944. Departing 23 July she sank the 5 953-ton Japanese cargo ship Batopaha Maru 25 August the 7 311-ton tanker Ogura Maru No. 2 on 16 September and the 8 506-ton transport Mizuho Maru 21 September all off Formosa before arriving at Midway 2 October. Departing Midway on the 25th and Saipan on 3 November she sank the 2 345-ton Japanese transport Hozan Maru during the night of 22-23 November. Departing Saipan 1 December she combined with Sea Devil the night of 8-9 to damage heavily the Japanese aircraft carrier Hayataka putting that enemy ship out of action for the remainder of the war.

Redfish sank the newly built 18 500-ton Japanese aircraft carrier Unryu bound for Mindoro 19 December. After diving to 232 feet she rose to the surface and raced to escape Japanese pursuit. Arriving at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for repairs 17 February 1945 she returned to Pearl Harbor 23 July and remained there until the end of the war.

After duty at Guam from September 1945 to January 1946 she arrived at San Diego on the 30th. Departing 3 March 1947 she voyaged to Guam and Japan before returning 21 June. After operations off the west coast and Hawaii she sailed toward Korea 2 February 1951 and operated out of Yokosuka Japan until 24 June in support of U.N. forces. Returning to San Diego 3 July she operated off the west coast.

In the spring of 1954 she participated in the Walt Disney production of Jules Verne's "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea " and in September 1957 in the motion picture "Run Silent Run Deep."

Reclassified AGSS on 1 July 1960 she was underway from San Diego on western Pacific deployment from 26 March to 26 September. From then into 1968 she made annual training cruises to the western Pacific. Decommissioned 27 June 1968 at San Diego she was struck from the Navy list 30 June and sunk as a target.

Redfish received two battle stars for World War II service.

[Note: The above USS REDFISH (SS-395) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS REDFISH (SS-395) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]