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Batfish (SS-310) (AGSS-310)

Radio Call Sign: November - Yankee - Sierra - Delta

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons


Presidential Unit Citation

Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 27 December 1942, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME.; Launched, 5 May 1943; Commissioned USS Batfish (SS-310), 21 August 1943; Decommissioned, 6 April 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.; Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Mare Island Group; Recommissioned, 7 March 1952; Redesignated Auxiliary Research Submarine (AGSS-310), 1 December 1962 (Bauer, Friedman) or 1 July 1960; Decommissioned, 1 November 1969; Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet; Struck from the Naval Register, 28 February 1972; Final Disposition, placed as a permanent memorial at Muskogee, OK. Batfish was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and earned six battle stars for her World War II service.
Partial data submitted by Yves Hubert.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,526 t., Submerged: 2,424 t.; Length 311' 10"; 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, diesels-electric reduction gear with four Fairbanks-Morse main generator engines., 5,400 hp, Fuel Capacity, 94,400 gal., four Elliot Motor Co., main motors with 2,740 hp, two 126-cell main storage batteries, two propellers.
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Batfish21k Commemorative launch day badge from Batfish's (SS-310) following her launching at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME., 5 May 1943. Courtesy of James A Munroe in remembrance of his father Raymond L Munroe Sr. who worked at the yard during WW II and the Korean wars as a chauffeur.
Batfish86kBatfish's (SS-310) Sponsor, Mrs. A. J. Fortier, holds her boquet of flowers on the boat's launching day, 6 May 1943 at Portsmouth Navy Yard. USN photo # 80-G-66681, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Batfish80kThe ceremonial bottle of Champagne in its wooden case is held by the matron of honor. USN photo # 80-G-66684, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Batfish68kLaunching party of the Batfish (SS-310) included her Sponsor, Mrs. A. J. Fortier, holds her boquet of flowers and the Matron of Honor, on the boat's launching day, 6 May 1943 at Portsmouth Navy Yard. USN photo # 80-G-66682, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Batfish66kThe ceremonial bottle of Champagne is tied to a rope held by her Sponsor, Mrs. A. J. Fortier, to prevent it from wondering anywhere than the bow of the Batfish (SS-310) on 6 May 1943 at Portsmouth Navy Yard. USN photo # 80-G-66683, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Batfish78kMr & Mrs Sponsor, A. J. Fortier,. USN photo # 80-G-66685, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Batfish137k Officers and crew line the deck of the Batfish (SS-310) as she is waterborne following her launching at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME., 5 May 1943. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org
Batfish95k Batfish (SS-310), during her shakedown period off the New England coast, 30 September 1943. U.S. Navy photo.
Batfish111kOfficers and crew line the deck of the Batfish (SS-310) as she enters Pearl Harbor, circa 1944. Note the battle flag flying from her periscope shears. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org
Batfish64kBatfish (SS-310) underway outside Pearl Harbor, circa 1944, starboard view. Courtesy of Jerry Bliss, RMCM(SS), USN-Ret.
Batfish61kThe IJN destroyer Samidare, a Shiratsuyu class destroyer sunk by the Batfish (SS-310), 25 August 1944 in Battle of the Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of combinedfleet.com. & Tommy Trammp.
Batfish59k DO H.W. Kreis, J L Garnet stern planes on Batfish (SS-310), circa 1945. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org. Photo i.d. courtesy of John Hummel.
Batfish329k Sailor at work in the electric engine maneuvering room of Batfish (SS-310) on war patrol. May 1945. Text courtesy of John Hummel.
Photo from NARA #: 080-G-468645, photographed by Lt. Comdr. Horace Bristol, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Batfish266kSignalmen attach Japanese flags to the periscope shears and radar of the Batfish (SS-310) as she enters Pearl Harbor, May 1945. U.S. Navy photo # 080-G-468626 courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org.
Batfish23kBatfish (SS-310) heading for San Francisco at war's end,1945. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of hsna.org (Historical Ships Naval Association)
Batfish 80k Batfish (SS-310) heading for San Francisco at war's end, 1945.
NARA photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Batfish1.00kBatfish (SS-310) docks at end of war patrol against Japanese ships. US National Archives photo # 080-G 468136 photographed by Lt. Comdr. Horace Bristol, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Batfish60k Battleflag of the Batfish (SS-310). U.S. Navy photo courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org
Batfish721kPost war Batfish (SS-310). USN photo courtesy of Dan Bailey in memory of his father, Capt Daniel Bailey USNA class of 47.
Photo added 11/06/13.
Mare Island Reserve Fleet137kReserve fleet at Mare Island, circa January 1946. There are 52 submarines and 4 Sub Tenders in this photo. This photo is a Berthing list identifying the ships in the picture. Photo commemorating 50 years, U. S. Submarine Veterans of WW II 1996 calendar, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mare Island Reserve Fleet453kPhoto of the Reserve fleet at Mare Island, circa January 1946. There are 52 submarines and 4 Sub Tenders in this photo. Whether coincidental or on purpose, the number of boats in the photo is the same as that which were lost in WW II.
From back to front and left to right, first group of 12 boats:
Sandlance (SS-381)
Tunny (SS-282)
Aspro (SS-309)
Lionfish (SS-298)
Guvania (SS-362)
Sunfish (SS-281)
Macabi (SS-375)
Gurnard (SS-254)
Pampanito (SS-383)
Mingo (SS-261)
Guitarro (SS-363)
Bashaw (SS-241)
From back to front and left to right, second group of 12 boats:
Sealion (SS-315)
Hammerhead (SS-364)
Bream (SS-243)
Seahorse (SS-304)
Tinosa (SS-283)
Pintado (SS-387)
Mapiro (SS-376)
Pipefish (SS-388)
Moray (SS-300)
Batfish (SS-310)
Hackleback (SS-295)
Bluegill (SS-242)
From back to front and left to right, third group of 12 boats:
Hawkbill (SS-366)
Menhaden (SS-377)
Perch (SS-313)
Loggerhead (SS-374)
Barbero (SS-317)
Baya (SS-318)
Hardhead (SS-365)
Spadefish (SS-411)
Springer (SS-414)
Devilfish (SS-292)
Kraken (SS-370)
Dragonet (SS-293)
From back to front and left to right, fourth group of 12 boats:
Lamprey (SS-372)
Piranha (SS-389)
Manta (SS-299)
Pargo (SS-264)
Rancador (SS-301)
Archerfish (SS-311)
Mero (SS-378)
Sawfish (SS-276)
Spot (SS-413)
Lizardfish (SS-373)
Jallao (SS-368)
Icefish (SS-367)
From back to front and left to right, last group of 4 boats:
Steelhead (SS-280)
Puffer (SS-268)
Stickleback (SS-415)
Trepang (SS-412)
From back to front, Submarine Tenders group of 4 ships:
Pelias (AS-14)
Aegir (AS-23)
Euryale (AS-22)
Griffin (AS-13)
Photo commemorating 50 years, U. S. Submarine Veterans of WW II 1996 calendar, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Batfish266k Officers salute as the colors are lowered on Batfish (SS-310) at the end of her decomissioning ceremony at Mare Island on 16 April 1946. Moray (SS-300), is to the left; incomplete destroyer escorts Ely (DE-309) and D. W. Halsey (DE-310) are forward await scrapping; Euryal (AS-22) and Pelias (AS-14) are to the right. US Navy Photo # 1504-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Mare Island Reserve Fleet 173k Submarines aft of unidentifed submarine in foregroud at Mare Island Reserve Fleet on 28 September 1950 are:
Left to right: Dragonet (SS-293), Menhaden (SS-377), Mapiro (SS-376), Seahorse (SS-304), Sand Lance (SS-381), Batfish (SS-310), Capitaine (SS-336), Pipefish (SS-388) and Manta (SS-299).
U.S. Navy photo # 6988-9-50, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Medregal726kFrom left to right:Mackerel (SST-1), unknown, Medregal (SS-480), Batfish (SS-310) & Chivo (SS-341) at Key West, 1955.Courtesy of John Hummel.
Batfish 2.50k Twenty nine page history PDF of the Batfish (SS-310). PDF courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Batfish 1.74k Batfish (SS-310) beats the boneyard.
Eight page PDF history of post WW II life for the Batfish.
PDF courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Batfish56k Batfish (SS-310) entering Key West in 1954. US Navy Photo from the collection of Robert Seitz RD1, USN 51-54, courtesy of Robert Hall.
Batfish54k Newspaper clipping: "Once she was happy, now she's forlorn; just like a relic tattered and torn. The submarine Batfish (SS-310) scourge of the Pacific during WW II, is listing to port and in danger of slipping her moorings. She floats in the Arkansas River at Muskogee, Okla., while state officials look for a way to dump the vessel hailed as the state's No. 1 tourist attraction" less than a year ago. The Tourism Commission has drafted a letter disowning the once proud submarine, and asking the Navy to take it back." (UPI Photo)
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of ussubvetsofworldwarii.org
Batfish407k Present home of the Batfish (SS-310), at Muskogee, OK. Photo courtesy of Jim Adkison.
Batfish43kThe First of Three Mk 45 torpedoes has arrived and was installed on a rack in the FTR on the Batfish (SS-310), one of three submarine Memorials in the Central Region that will receive MK 45 torpedoes. The Razorback (SS-394) and Cavalla (SS-244) will also receive Mk 45 torpedoes in the near future. The Mk 45 will bring back memories of the Cold War days. Many of us slept close to these babies in the FTR. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.

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