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USS Boarfish

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassBalao-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-327
BuilderElectric Boat Company
Laid Down12 Aug 1943
Launched21 May 1944
Commissioned23 Sep 1944
Decommissioned23 May 1948
Displacement1550 tons standard; 2463 tons submerged
Length312 feet
Beam27 feet
Draft17 feet
MachineryFour General Motors Model 16-278A V16 diesel engines (5,400shp), four General Electric electric motors (2,740shp), two 126-cell Sargo batteries, two propellers
Bunkerage118,000gal fuel oil
Speed20 knots
Range11,000nm at 10 knots surfaced, 48 hours at 2 knots submerged
Crew80
Armament6x533mm forward torpedo tubes, 4x533mm aft torpedo tubes, 24 torpedoes, 1x127mm 25cal deck gun, 1x40mm Bofors gun
Submerged Speed8.75 knots

Contributor:

ww2dbaseUSS Boarfish was commissioned into service in Sep 1944. She held shakedown training off the New England region of northeastern United States and additional training in the Caribbean Sea off the Panama Canal Zone. She arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii on 2 Dec 1944 for a final round of training before embarking on her first war patrol later that month. Her first sinking was achieved in the South China Sea on 31 Jan 1945, receiving the credit for the sinking of cargo ship Enki Maru and partial credit for the sinking of Taietsu Maru. Her first war patrol would ultimately be her most productive patrol during the war. She was alongside submarine tender USS Howard W. Gilmore for refitting at Subic Bay in the Philippine Islands when WW2 ended. In Feb 1946, her area of operations was shifted from the Pacific area to waters off the west coast of the United States, participating mainly in local training exercises in the area of San Diego, California, United States. In 1947, as the flagship of Rear Admiral Allan Rockwell McCann of Task Group 17.3, she ventured under the Polar Ice Cap in the Bering Strait for the purpose of testing sonar systems under ice. In the following year, she was transferred to the Turkish Navy at Izmir, Turkey. Recommissioned as Sakarya (S-332), she received Guppy I interior modifications at Golcuk Naval Yard in Turkey and remaining snorkel modifications at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in Pennsylvania, United States in 1953. She would fly the Turkish Navy ensign until 1972. In 1974, she was returned to the United States for scrapping.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia

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USS Boarfish Operational Timeline

12 Aug 1943 The keel of submarine Boarfish was laid down by the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut, United States.
21 May 1944 Submarine Boarfish was launched at Groton, Connecticut, United States, sponsored by Miss Barbara Walsh, daughter of Senator Arthur Walsh of the US state of New Jersey.
23 Sep 1944 USS Boarfish was commissioned into service with Commander Royce L. Gross in command.
29 Oct 1944 USS Boarfish departed New London, Connecticut, United States for the Panama Canal Zone.
21 Nov 1944 USS Boarfish transited the Panama Canal.
2 Dec 1944 USS Boarfish arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
24 Dec 1944 USS Boarfish departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her first war patrol.
5 Jan 1945 USS Boarfish departed Saipan, Mariana Islands.
21 Jan 1945 USS Boarfish attacked a Japanese convoy three times in the South China Sea in a period of three hours before dawn; all 16 torpedoes missed.
31 Jan 1945 USS Boarfish attacked a Japanese convoy three times in the South China Sea, sinking cargo ship Enki Maru (1 of 2 torpedoes hit) and damaging cargo ship Taietsu Maru (1 of 2 torpedoes hit; she would later be finished off by US aircraft).
15 Feb 1945 USS Boarfish arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her first war patrol.
11 Mar 1945 USS Boarfish departed Fremantle, Australia for her second war patrol.
28 Mar 1945 USS Boarfish attacked a Japanese patrol vessel in the South China Sea; all 3 torpedoes missed.
21 Apr 1945 USS Boarfish arrived at Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, ending her second war patrol.
16 May 1945 USS Boarfish departed Subic Bay, Philippine Islands for her third war patrol.
27 May 1945 USS Boarfish intercepted a two-masted junk in the Java Sea; the search party sent aboard found nothing suspicious and allowed the ship to leave.
29 May 1945 USS Boarfish attacked a Japanese convoy in the Java Sea between Sumatra and Java with four torpedoes and observed at least one explosion against an oiler; she was severely damaged in the subsequent depth charge counterattack, but she would be able to set sail for home.
8 Jun 1945 USS Boarfish arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her third war patrol.
5 Jul 1945 USS Boarfish departed Fremantle, Australia for her fourth war patrol.
8 Jul 1945 USS Boarfish was attacked by bombs by a Japanese aircraft, but sustained no damage.
29 Jul 1945 USS Boarfish performed lifeguard duties off Singapore.
6 Aug 1945 USS Boarfish departed Malayan waters.
10 Aug 1945 USS Boarfish arrived at Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, ending her fourth war patrol.
5 Sep 1945 USS Boarfish departed Subic Bay, Philippine Islands.
17 Nov 1945 USS Boarfish departed Apra Harbor, Guam.
9 Sep 1946 USS Boarfish departed California, United States for a tour in the western Pacific.
1 Oct 1946 USS Boarfish departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
15 Nov 1946 USS Boarfish set sail for San Diego, California, United States.
30 Jul 1947 USS Boarfish became the flagship of Rear Admiral Allan Rockwell McCann of Task Group 17.3, which was to embark on the first expedition under the Polar Ice Cap in the Bering Strait.
15 Nov 1947 USS Boarfish arrived at Mare Island Navy Yard in Vallejo, California, United States for a scheduled overhaul.
21 Feb 1948 USS Boarfish departed Mare Island Navy Yard in Vallejo, California, United States.
23 May 1948 USS Boarfish was decommissioned from service at Izmir, Turkey and was struck from the US Navy Register. On the same day, she was transferred to Turkey and was recommissioned under the new name of Sakarya (S-332).
1 Jan 1974 Turkish submarine Sakarya (S-332), the former US submarine Boarfish, was returned to the United States for scrapping.

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USS Boarfish off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States, 1946USS Boarfish and USS Blueback in the drydock at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States, 12 Jun 1946Bow view of USS Boarfish off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States, 9 Aug 1946Starboard side view of USS Boarfish off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, United States, 9 Aug 1946
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