- USS Redfish (SS-395)
USS "Redfish" (SS/AGSS-395), a "Balao"-class submarine, was the first ship of the
United States Navyto be named for the redfish, a variety of salmonalso called blueback, sawqui, red salmon, and nerka. Her keel was laid down on 9 September 1943by the Portsmouth Navy Yardof Kittery, Maine. She was launched on 27 January 1944sponsored by Miss Ruth Roper, and commissioned on 12 April 1944with Commander Louis D. McGregor in command.
"Redfish" arrived at Pearl Harbor on
27 June 1944. Departing 23 July, she sank the 5,953-ton Japanese cargo ship "Batopaha Maru" on 25 August, the 7,311 ton tanker "Ogura Maru Number Two" on 16 September, and the 8,506 ton transport "Mizuho Maru" on 21 September, all off Formosa, before arriving at Midway Islandon 2 October. Departing Midway on 25 Octoberand Saipanon 3 November, she sank the 2,345 ton Japanese transport "Hozan Maru" during the night of 22 November– 23 November. Departing Saipanon 1 December, she combined with USS|Sea Devil|SS-400|3 the night of 8 December– 9 Decemberto heavily damage the Japanese aircraft carrier "Junyō", putting that enemy ship out of action for the remainder of the war.
"Redfish" sank the newly built 18,500 ton Japanese aircraft carrier "Unryū", bound for
Mindoro, on 19 December. After diving to 232 feet (71 m), she rose to the surface and raced to escape Japanese pursuit. Arriving at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyardfor repairs on 17 February 1945, she returned to Pearl Harbor 23 July, and remained there until the end of the war.
After duty at
Guamfrom September 1945 to January 1946, she arrived at San Diego, California, on 30 January. Departing on 3 March 1947, she voyaged to Guamand Japanbefore returning 21 June. After operations off the West Coast and Hawaii, she sailed toward Koreaon 2 February 1951, and operated out of Yokosuka, Japan, until 24 June, in support of United Nationsforces. Returning to San Diego on 3 July, she operated off the West Coast.
In the spring of 1954, fitted with a "dummy" rear fin, "Redfish" played the part of
Jules Verne's "Nautilus" in the Walt Disneyfilm "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea". In September 1957, with deck and armament modifications, she played the part of the submarine USS|Nerka in the motion picture " Run Silent, Run Deep". She capped her film career by making several appearances in the popular black-and-white television series “Silent Service”.
Reclassified AGSS on
1 July 1960, she was underway from San Diego, California, on western Pacific deployment from 26 Marchto 26 September. From then into 1968, she made annual training cruises to the western Pacific. Decommissioned on 27 June 1968at San Diego, she was struck from the Naval Vessel Register 30 June, and sunk as a target.
"Redfish" received two
battle stars for World War IIservice.
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