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USS Bluefish

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassGato-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-222
BuilderElectric Boat Company
Laid Down5 Jun 1942
Launched21 Feb 1943
Commissioned24 May 1943
Decommissioned12 Feb 1947
Displacement1549 tons standard; 2463 tons submerged
Length312 feet
Beam27 feet
Draft17 feet
MachineryFour General Motors Model 16-248 V16 diesel engines (5,400shp), four high-speed General Electric electric motors (2,740shp), two 126-cell Sargo batteries, two propellers
Bunkerage97,140 gals oil
Speed21 knots
Range11,000nm at 10 knots surfaced, 48 hours at 2 knots submerged
Crew60
Armament6x533mm forward torpedo tubes, 4x533m aft torpedo tubes, 24 torpedoes, 1x76mm 50cal deck gun, 2x .50cal machine guns, 3x .30cal machine guns
Submerged Speed9 knots

Contributor:

ww2dbaseUSS Bluefish was commissioned into service in May 1943 and embarked on her first war patrol in Sep 1943. In nine war patrols, she sank 12 enemy ships, including one destroyer and one submarine. She was decommissioned in 1947 and saw a second commission between early 1952 and late 1953. She was sold for scrapping in 1960.

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USS Bluefish Operational Timeline

5 Jun 1942 The keel of submarine Bluefish was laid down by the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut, United States.
21 Feb 1943 Submarine Bluefish was launched at Groton, Connecticut, United States, sponsored by the wife of Robert Y. Menzie.
24 May 1943 USS Bluefish was commissioned into service with Commander George E. Porter in command.
21 Jul 1943 USS Bluefish departed New London, Connecticut, United States.
21 Aug 1943 USS Bluefish arrived at Brisbane, Australia.
9 Sep 1943 USS Bluefish departed Brisbane, Australia for her first war patrol.
18 Sep 1943 USS Bluefish sank small Japanese ship with her deck gun in the Dutch East Indies.
21 Sep 1943 USS Bluefish attacked a Japanese ship in the Celebes Sea; all four torpedoes missed.
25 Sep 1943 USS Bluefish sank a Japanese ship south of Celebes, Dutch East Indies, hitting her with 3 of 10 torpedoes fired.
26 Sep 1943 USS Bluefish sank a Japanese patrol ship and damaged a transport south of Celebes, Dutch East Indies, hitting the patrol ship with 2 of 3 torpedoes fired and the transport with 1 of 5 torpedose fired.
28 Sep 1943 USS Bluefish sank a Japanese transport in the Banda Sea, hitting her with 2 of 2 torpedoes fired.,
8 Nov 1943 USS Bluefish attacked a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea, sinking two tankers and damaging several other ships; she expended 18 torpedoes in this series of attacks, 13 of which made hits.
11 Nov 1943 USS Bluefish sank a Japanese patrol boat with her deck gun in the Sulu Sea.
18 Nov 1943 USS Bluefish sank Japanese destroyer Sanae and damaged an oiler in the Celebes Sea, hitting Sanae with 3 of 3 torpedoes fired and the oil with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired.
30 Dec 1943 USS Bluefish sank a Japanese oiler southwest of Borneo, Dutch East Indies, hitting her with 5 of 5 torpedoes fired.
4 Jan 1944 USS Bluefish sank a Japanese oiler and damaged other ships in the South China Sea, hitting them with 3 of 13 torpedoes fired.
5 Jan 1944 USS Bluefish attacked a Japanese transport in the South China Sea; all 3 torpedoes missed.
3 Mar 1944 USS Bluefish attacked a Japanese transport in the South China Sea; all 10 torpedoes missed.
4 Mar 1944 USS Bluefish sank a Japanese oiler in the South China Sea, hitting her with 3 of 3 torpedoes fired.
29 Mar 1944 USS Bluefish attacked a Japanese ship northeast of Borneo, Dutch East Indies; all 5 torpedoes missed.
12 Jun 1944 USS Bluefish attacked a Japanese ship in the Makassar Strait; all 6 torpedoes missed.
15 Jun 1944 USS Bluefish attacked a Japanese transport in the Celebes Sea; all 5 torpedoes missed.,
16 Jun 1944 USS Bluefish sank a Japanese transport in the Celebes Sea, hitting her with 1 of 3 torpedoes fired.
20 Jun 1944 USS Bluefish pursued a Japanese transport in the Makassar Strait, expending 5 torpedoes.,
21 Jun 1944 USS Bluefish sank the Japanese transport she had been pursuing for several hours in the Makassar Strait, hitting her with 2 of 4 torpedoes fired.
17 Aug 1944 USS Bluefish and USS Puffer sank a Japanese oiler off of Mindoro, Philippine Islands; USS Bluefish hit her with 1 of 1 torpedo fired.
19 Aug 1944 USS Bluefish sank a Japanese transport and a Japanese oiler in the South China Sea, hitting them with 9 of 12 torpedoes fired.
19 Mar 1945 USS Bluefish damaged a Japanese boat south of Japan with her deck gun.
8 Jul 1945 USS Bluefish sank a Japanese patrol boat in the South China Sea, hitting her with 2 of 12 torpedoes fired.
14 Jul 1945 USS Bluefish sank Japanese submarine I-351 in the South China Sea.
15 Jul 1945 USS Bluefish sank Japanese submarine I-351 in the South China Sea, hitting her with 2 of 5 torpedoes fired.
19 Jul 1945 USS Bluefish sank a Japanese patrol boat with her deck gun southeast of Singapore.
29 Jul 1945 USS Bluefish ended her ninth war patrol.
9 Oct 1945 USS Bluefish arrived at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, United States.
31 Oct 1945 USS Bluefish arrived at New London, Connecticut, United States.
12 Jun 1946 USS Bluefish arrived at New London, Connecticut, United States.
12 Feb 1947 USS Bluefish was decommissioned from service.
7 Jan 1952 USS Bluefish was recommissioned into service at New London, Connecticut, United States.
7 Apr 1952 USS Bluefish departed New London, Connecticut, United States.
11 Apr 1952 USS Bluefish arrived at Key West, Florida, United States and joined Submarine Division 41.
7 Jun 1953 USS Bluefish arrived at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States.
20 Nov 1953 USS Bluefish was decommissioned from service at New London, Connecticut, United States.
1 Sep 1958 Submarine Bluefish was struck from the US Navy Register.
8 Jun 1960 Submarine Bluefish was sold for scrap.

Photographs

Launching of submarine Bluefish, Croton, Connecticut, United States, 21 Feb 1943Submarine Bluefish shortly after launching, Groton, Connecticut, United States, 21 Feb 1943USS BluefishUSS Bluefish and another submarine possibly at New London, Connecticut, United States, early 1952




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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Anonymous says:
9 May 2013 09:27:47 AM

wow it looks like they fired more torpedoes than the rest of the navy!
2. Dana Johnson says:
23 Oct 2016 07:36:33 PM

My dad, Engineman Curtis Johnson, served on the Bluefish in 1944-45.
I have his certificate awarding him his dolphins.
3. pamela m kreft says:
25 Oct 2016 03:09:20 AM

my dad was on the blue fish too. i can't believe i looked this up and there is a comment from oct 23 2016 and today is 0ct 25. unreal. i do not know when he was on it.
4. Steven Schovan says:
27 Dec 2016 08:45:58 AM

My great uncle, Jim Blakesley served on the Bluefish in 1943 and perhaps longer. Still researching. Very proud.
5. airforcebrat says:
15 Jan 2017 08:02:49 AM

My grandfather was one of the crew on the bluefish. He had told me of a time when they were under attack from another sub and they got so close to being hit by the enemies torpedo that they could hear the torpedo scrape down the side of the hull!!! Crazy story and terrifying aswell!
6. Anonymous says:
16 Mar 2017 06:06:35 PM

True Hero
7. Anonymous says:
16 Mar 2017 06:09:14 PM

True Patriots

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