USS Ling file photo [19653]


CountryUnited States
Ship ClassBalao-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-297
Builder NameCramp Shipbuilding Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Yard Number552
Laid Down2 Nov 1942
Launched15 Aug 1943
Commissioned8 Jun 1945
Decommissioned26 Oct 1946
Displacement1,550 tons standard; 2,460 tons submerged
Length312 feet
Beam27 feet
Draft17 feet
Machinery4 Fairbanks-Morse Model 38D8-1/8 9-cyl diesel engines (5,400shp), 2 126-cell Sargo batteries, 4 Elliott electric motors (2,740shp), 2 propellers
Speed20 knots
Range11,000nm at 10 knots surfaced, 48 hours at 2 knots submerged
Armament6x533mm forward torpedo tubes, 4x533mm aft torpedo tubes, 24 torpedoes, 1x102mm/50cal deck gun
Submerged Speed8.75 knots


ww2dbaseUSS Ling was commissioned into service during WW2 in Jun 1945. Originally destined for the Pacific War, by the time her post-shakedown repairs were completed, the war was over. After a brief service, she was decommissioned on the west coast of the United States in Oct 1946. In Mar 1960, she was towed to Brooklyn, New York, United States where she was converted into a training ship at the New York Navy Yard; she was re-designated AGSS-297 for this role in 1962. She was struck from the Naval Register in 1971. In 1972, she was donated to the Submarine Memorial Association, which ultimately established her as the center piece of the New Jersey Naval Museum in Hackensack, New Jersey, United States. The museum closed after Hurricane Sandy of 2012 damaged the submarine. In 2018, trespassers stole several pieces of artifact from the submarine. Also in 2018, a hole in the aft torpedo room, caused by rust, brought on flooding. At the time of this writing in Dec 2019, a group of submarine enthusiasts had formed the Louisville Naval Museum organization for the intention of restoring Ling for future display in Louisville, Kentucky, United States.

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Last Major Revision: Dec 2019

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Ling Operational Timeline

2 Nov 1942 The keel of submarine Ling was laid down by the Cramp Shipbuilding Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.
15 Aug 1943 Submarine Ling was launched at the Cramp Shipbuilding Company facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, sponsored by Mrs. E. J. Foy.
8 Jun 1945 USS Ling was commissioned into service at the Boston Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, with Commander George Garvie Molumphy in command.
15 Sep 1945 USS Ling began a post-shakedown-repair trial cruise.
11 Feb 1946 USS Ling departed Naval Submarine Base New London, Connecticut, United States.
19 Feb 1946 USS Ling arrived at Panama Canal Zone.
9 Mar 1946 USS Ling departed Panama Canal Zone.
23 Oct 1946 USS Ling began her inactivation procedures.
26 Oct 1946 USS Ling was decommissioned from service and entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
1 Dec 1971 Submarine Ling was struck from the US Naval Register.
28 Jun 1972 Submarine Ling became a museum at Hackensack, New Jersey, United States.


Aerial view of William Cramp & Sons shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 15 Mar 1943Launching of submarine Ling, William Cramp & Sons shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 15 Aug 1943Mrs. E. J. Foy at the launching ceremony of submarine Ling, William Cramp & Sons shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 15 Aug 1943Submarine Ling underway during trials, Jul 1945
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Aerial view of William Cramp & Sons shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 15 Mar 1943
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