CountryUnited States
Ship ClassSargo-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-193
BuilderMare Island Navy Yard


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Submarine USS Swordfish shortly after launching at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 1 Apr 1939United States submarine Swordfish on the ways at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on the day of her launching, 1 Apr 1939Supply ship SS Nira Luckenbach, submarine tenders Bushnell and Sperry, and submarines Sunfish, Haddock, Tarpon, Seahorse, and Swordfish at the submarine base piers on Sand Island, Midway Atoll, 29 Sep 1943.

Swordfish Operational Timeline

22 Jul 1939 USS Swordfish was commissioned into service.
9 Dec 1941 USS Swordfish became the first US submarine to attack the enemy when she fired on a Japanese ship 150 miles west of Manila.
16 Dec 1941 US submarine Swordfish was credited with the first confirmed sinking of a Japanese ship in the Pacific War.
24 Jan 1942 USS Swordfish sank Japanese gunboat Myoken Maru off Kendari, Celebes, Dutch East Indies.
14 Feb 1942 USS Swordfish sank Japanese transport Amagisan Maru 91 miles east of Davao, Mindanao, Philippine Islands.
29 May 1942 USS Swordfish sank Japanese transport Tatsufuku Maru, already damaged by USS Seal on the previous day, between Dutch Borneo and the Philippine Islands.
12 Jun 1942 USS Swordfish sank Japanese transport Burma Maru in the Gulf of Thailand.
9 Jun 1944 The American submarine USS Swordfish (SS-193) fired four torpedoes at a Japanese convoy 55 miles east of Chichi Jima, Bonin Islands (Ogasawara Islands), Japan. Two torpedoes struck and sank the Kamikaze-class destroyer Matsukaze, 55 miles east of Chichi Jima.
12 Jan 1945 The US submarine Swordfish became missing, presumably sunk by either Japanese depth charges or in a minefield, off Okinawa, Japan.

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1. Brady says:
10 Apr 2021 09:15:47 PM

My great grandfather served on the swordfish the mission before it went missing. I’d like to see if I can find his name on a list or something.

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