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Ling (SS-297) (AGSS-297) (IXSS-297)

Radio Call Sign: November - Xray - November - Delta

Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 2 November 1942, at Cramp Ship building Corp., Philadelphia, PA.; Launched, 15 August 1943; Commissioned USS Ling (SS-297), 8 June 1945, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.; Decommissioned 26 October 1946; Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet; Assigned to Naval Reserve Training duty at Brooklyn, NY in March 1960; Reclassified Auxiliary Submarine (AGSS-297) in 1962; Reclassified Miscellaneous Unclassified Submarine (IXSS-297), and struck from the Naval Register, 1 December 1971; Final Disposition, placed on permanent display as a memorial at Hackensack, NJ, 28 June 1972. Ling received one battle star for World War II service.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,526 t., Submerged: 2,424 t.; Length 311' 6"; Beam 27' 3"; Draft 15' 3"; Speed, Surfaced 20.25 kts, Submerged 8.75 kts; Cruising Range, 11,000 miles surfaced at 10kts; Submerged Endurance, 48 hours at 2kts; Operating Depth Limit, 400 ft; Complement 6 Officers 60 Enlisted; Armament, ten 21" torpedo tubes, six forward, four aft, 24 torpedoes, one 5"/25 deck gun, one 40mm gun, two .50 cal. machine guns; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Propulsion, diesel-electric reduction gear with four Fairbanks-Morse main generator diesel engines, 5,400hp, Fuel Capacity 116,000 gal., four Elliot Motor Co., main motors with 2,740 hp, two 126-cell main storage batteries, two propellers.
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Ling 236k Operating orders for the Ling (SS-297) 19 April 1945 from Sec. of the Navy, James Forrestal. USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Ling 72k Ling (SS-297) at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA., the day before her commissioning, 7 June 1945. USN photo.
Ling 159k Ling (SS-297) is wearing a light camouflage paint scheme in this 6th July 1945 photo during sea trials. USN Archives photo # 19-N-85741, courtesy of John Hummel.
Ling 81k Ling (SS-297) looking forward of the torpedo tubes in the forward torpedo room. The door is open on the top right tube while a "fish" is half way loaded into the top left tube. Photo and text courtesy of The Floating Drydock, Fleet Subs of WW II, by Thomas F. Walkowiak. Photo by Robert F. Sumrall.
Ling 71k The bow and stern planes control station of the Ling (SS-297). The large gauges on the panel are the depth gauges. The panel on the right is the "Christmas Tree" which tells which hull openings are shut or open. Photo and text courtesy of The Floating Drydock, Fleet Subs of WW II, by Thomas F. Walkowiak. Photo by Robert F. Sumrall.
Ling 58k Looking forward towards the galley of the Ling (SS-297) in the crew's mess, which is located in the after battery compartment. Twenty four men can be fed at a sitting. The food is served family style. Photo and text courtesy of The Floating Drydock, Fleet Subs of WW II, by Thomas F. Walkowiak. Photo by Robert F. Sumrall.
Ling 76k View of the after room engine of the Ling (SS-297). In the center is the starboard diesel engine. Photo and text courtesy of The Floating Drydock, Fleet Subs of WW II, by Thomas F. Walkowiak. Photo by Robert F. Sumrall.
Ling 27k Ling (IXSS-297) on display at Hackensack, N.J., post 1972. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
Ling 175k Ling (IXSS-297) on display at Hackensack, N.J. post 1972. USN photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Ling 343k The Propulsion control cubicle of the Ling (SS-297) in the Maneuvering room, taken from the after torpedo room. Courtesy of John Hummel.
Ling 400k Bow plane wheel, and hydraulic manifold with christmas tree (indicator panel for hull openings, vents, flood valves) of the Ling (SS-297), 2005. Courtesy of John Hummel.
Ling 333k Taken from after corner of looking toward the helm...both periscopes can be seen. Courtesy of John Hummel.
Ling 349k Another view from aft looking toward the helm of the Ling (SS-297), 2005. Courtesy of John Hummel.
Ling 402k Taken from helm looking aft, 2005. Courtesy of John Hummel.
Ling 272k Broadside view of the Ling (SS-297) on display, 2005. Courtesy of John Hummel.
Ling 365k Ling's (SS-297) topside 4" 50 gun on display, 2005. Courtesy of John Hummel.
Ling 309k Ling's (SS-297) after battery berthing on display, 2009. Courtesy of John Hummel.
Ling 316k Ling's (SS-297) after engine room on display, 2009. Courtesy of John Hummel.

View the Ling (SS / AGSS / IXSS-297)
DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
Fleet Reserve Association

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
New Jesery Naval Museum
Historic Naval Ship Visitors Guide - USS Ling (SS-297)
Ep-21 (1) - Victory At Sea ~ Full Fathom Five - HQ
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