CountryUnited States
Ship ClassGato-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-242


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Bluegill Operational Timeline

29 Mar 1942 USS Bluegill fired 2 torpedoes at Japanese cargo ship Konan Maru (former British cargo steamer War Sirdar, captured at Batavia, Dutch East Indies in 1942). Both torpedoes hit, sinking her off Ninh Hoa, Annam, French Indochina.
29 May 1945 USS Bluegill landed US and Australian personnel on Pratas of the Pratas Islands (Chinese: Dongsha Islands) in the South China Sea and destroyed the Japanese radio tower, weather station, fuel, ammunition dump, and several buildings. The operation was unopposed as the Japanese had already abandoned the island.


52 submarines and 4 submarine tenders of the US Navy Reserve Fleet, Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, circa Jan 1946USS Dentuda, USS Searaven, and USS Tuna in foreground, with USS Parche, USS Bluegill, and USS Hackleback also present, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, United States, 17 Oct 1946Decommissioning ceremony of USS Bluegill, 7 Jul 1952; note USS Rock berthed next to her

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1. Maurice says:
26 Oct 2020 08:24:44 PM

This is the first time I realised Australian Commandos operated from US subs and so far from Australia.

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