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CountryUnited States
Ship ClassBalao-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-389
Builder NamePortsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, United States
Laid Down21 Jun 1943
Launched27 Oct 1943
Commissioned5 Feb 1944
Decommissioned31 May 1946
Displacement1,526 tons standard; 2,391 tons submerged
Length312 feet
Beam27 feet
Draft15 feet
MachineryFour Fairbanks Morse diesel engines, four Elliot Motor Co. electric motors
Bunkerage116,000 gallons, two 126-cell main storage batteries
Power Output5,400 SHP
Speed20 knots
Range11,000 miles at 10 knots
Armament10x21" torpedo tubes with 24 torpedos, 1x5" deck gun, 1x40mm, 1x20mm, 2x0.50 caliber machine guns
Submerged Speed8.75 knots


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5 Feb 1944 Piranha was commissioned into service.
31 May 1946 Piranha was decommissioned from service.


PiranhaSubmarine tender USS Griffin with unidentified submarines (possibly USS Piranha, USS Lionfish, USS Moray, USS Devilfish, or USS Hacklebak), Midway Atoll, 26 Aug-1 Sep 1945Inactivated submarines at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, early 194652 submarines and 4 submarine tenders of the US Navy Reserve Fleet, Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, circa Jan 1946
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