Apogon file photo [1108]

USS Apogon

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassBalao-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-308
BuilderPortsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, United States
Laid Down9 Dec 1942
Launched10 Mar 1943
Commissioned16 Jul 1943
Decommissioned29 Apr 1946
Displacement1526 tons standard; 2424 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 Output5400 SHP
Speed20 knots
Range11,000 miles at 10 knots
Submerged Speed8.75 knots


ww2dbaseApogon was originally named Abadejo, but the name was changed on 24 Sep 1942 before the keel was laid down. After a shakedown cruise off New England, Apogon sailed for Pearl Harbor via Panama Canal for a three-week long training mission. On 3 Nov 1942, she patrolled between Truk and Kwajalein in the Central Pacific, indirectly supporting Operation Galvanic which landed American troops on the Gilbert Islands. She concluded her maiden patrol with the sinking of Japanese gunboat Daido Maru on 4 Dec. She remained active throughout the entire Pacific War, launching eight separate patrols. She was decommissioned in Apr 1946 and was destroyed at Bikini Atoll during atomic bomb test Baker of Operation Crossroads.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

USS Apogon Operational Timeline

16 Jul 1943 Apogon was commissioned into service.
29 Apr 1946 Apogon was decommissioned from service.


ApogonThe launch of submarine Apogon, 10 Mar 1943American submarine Apogon alongside a LCVP from LST 52, circa Feb 1946

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