Sawfish file photo [1788]


CountryUnited States
Ship ClassGato-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-276
BuilderPortsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, United States
Laid Down20 Jan 1942
Launched23 Jun 1942
Commissioned26 Aug 1942
Decommissioned26 Jun 1946
Displacement1,526 tons standard; 2,410 tons submerged
Length312 feet
Beam27 feet
Draft15 feet
MachineryFour Fairbanks Morse diesel engines, four General Electric main motors, two screws
Bunkerage94,400 gallons, two 126-cell main storage batteries
Power Output5,400 shaft horsepower
Speed20 knots
Range11,000 nm at 10 knots
Submerged Speed8.75 knots


ww2dbaseThe submarine Sawfish held her shakedown cruiser in Narragansett Bay before sailing for Hawaii via the Panama Canal. She arrived at Pearl Harbor on 2 Jan 1943 and got underway for her first of ten patrols on 31 Jan. During the course of the war, she patrolled waters off Japan, China, and Taiwan, scoring kills either alone or as a member of a wolfpack. She also performed rescue missions from time to time, including the rescue of a downed pilot off Taiwan on 16 Oct 1944 and another on 21 Jan 1945. When the war ended, she just came out of the drydocks, en route back to Pearl Harbor. She was decommissioned by the Navy on 26 Jun 1946 and became a Naval Reserve training ship in May 1947. She was scrapped in 1960.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: Aug 2006

Submarine Sawfish (SS-276) Interactive Map


Sawfish off Hunters Point near San Francisco, California, United States, circa late 194352 submarines and 4 submarine tenders of the US Navy Reserve Fleet, Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, circa Jan 1946Submarines Sawfish, Pargo, Puffer, and Steelhead at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 14 Feb 1947

Sawfish Operational Timeline

26 Aug 1942 Sawfish was commissioned into service.
26 Jun 1946 Sawfish was decommissioned from service.

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