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Blackfin (SS-322)

Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Alpha - Yankee

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign (3) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Vietnam Service Medal

Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 10 June 1943, at Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT.; Launched, 12 March 1944; Commissioned USS Blackfin (SS-322), 4 July 1944; Decommissioned, 19 November 1948, for Guppy conversion at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.; Recommissioned, 15 May 1951; Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 15 September 1972; Final Disposition, sunk as a target off Monterey, CA in "Project 'Thurber" on 13 May 1973. Blackfin was used in the movie "Move Over Darling" w/Doris Day & James Garner. Blackfin received three battle stars for her World War II service.
Partial data submitted by Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.)

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,526 t., Submerged: 2,242 t.; Length 311' 9"; 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, 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, one 20mm gun, two .50 cal. machine guns; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Propulsion, diesel-electric reduction gear with four main generator engines., General Motors diesel engines, HP 5400, Fuel Capacity 118,000, four General Electric motors, HP 2,740, two 126-cell main storage batteries, two propellers.
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Blackfin21kCommemorative postal cover marking the keel laying of the Blackfin (SS-322), 10 June 1943, at Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT.USN photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Blackfin30kCommemorative postal cover marking the Blackfin's (SS-322) launching on 12 March 1944, at Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT.USN photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Blackfin11kCommemorative medallion on the occasion of the commissioning of the Blackfin (SS-322), 4 July 1944, at Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT.Photo courtesy of David W. Flight.
Blackfin159kOfficers and crew salute the national ensign on the bridge of the Blackfin (SS-322) at Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT. during her commissioning ceremony on 4 July 1944.US Navy photo courtesy of usssubvetsofwwii.org.
Blackfin34kBlackfin (SS-322), underway, 4 August 1944.US Navy photo. Images from "U.S. Warships of World War Two", contributed by Mike Green.
Blackfin55kStarboard view of the Blackfin (SS-322), 1944.US Navy photo courtesy of maritime.org.
Blackfin66k Blackfin's (SS-322) battle-flag. US Navy photo courtesy of usssubvetsofwwii.org.
Blackfin232k Bow on view of Blackfin (SS-322) departing Mare Island on 28 June 1946. US Navy photo # 2216-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Blackfin242k Broadside view of Blackfin (SS-322) off Mare Island on 28 June 1946. She was in overhaul at the yard from 17 March to 28 June 1946. US Navy photo # 2218-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Blackfin228k Stern view of Blackfin (SS-322) departing Mare Island on 28 June 1946. US Navy photo # 2220-46, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Blackfin58kBroadside view of the Blackfin (SS-322), underway, off Mare Island, CA., 28 June 1946.USN Archives photo # 19-N-95957, courtesy of usssubvetsofwwii.org.
Blackfin95kDecommissioning ceremonies aboard Blackfin (SS-322) at Mare Island on 19 November 1948. Included here is a PDF of ship's history 1942-48 and a PDF of 1951 Commissioning Plan. US Navy photo # 2371-11-48, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Blackfin115k Blackfin (SS-322), entering Pearl Harbor and about to tie up, circa post mid 1952.US Navy photo courtesy of usssubvetsofwwii.org.
Caiman 54k The Caiman (SS-323) was moored outboard of a fleet-type boat (unidentified) and inboard of the Blackfin (SS-322) in Yokosuka, Japan, 1952. The floating crane had come alongside to load torpedoes into the Blackfin. Courtesy of Grant Riddle / submarinebaseph.com.
Caiman 63k The Caiman (SS-323) & Blackfin (SS-322) moored outboard of the ASR in Yokosuka, Japan, 1952. Courtesy of Grant Riddle / submarinebaseph.com.
SS-322, 563,565 & 567 328k Tang (SS-563), Wahoo (SS-565),Gudgeon (SS-567) & Blackfin (SS-322) at the sub base, Pearl Harbor. Circa 1958. Looks like a Change of Command for SubRon 7 is taking place. Photo courtesy of Dan Craw ETC/SS Ret. Tang SS563, 1968-71. Text i.d. courtesy of Ken Wiltshire.
Blackfin & Tang74k Blackfin (SS-322) (on right) & Tang (SS-563) moored side by side, possibly at Pearl Harbor, date unknown.US Navy photo courtesy of usssubvetsofwwii.org.
Blackfin106kBlackfin (SS-322), underway off the Oahu coast just outside of Pearl Harbor. The occasion was the shake down after a major overhaul where the sail was replaced with a "step" sail. With that kind of sail the lookouts and OOD stood their surface watches in the lower part of the sail. There was a Plexiglas bubble that could be raised to offer some protection (but not much) from high waves. Circa late 1965 or early 1966. Text courtesy of Jerry Nicholas EN2(SS)(Ret). US Navy photo courtesy George M. Arnold.
Blackfin150k 1969 - 25th Anniversary patch of the Blackfin (SS-322).
Included here is a PDF of 1969 Officer's roster. .
US Navy photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Blackfin526kCirca 1950 five page PDF Welcome Aboard the Blackfin (SS-322). USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
PDF added 10/07/13.
Blackfin50kStarboard view of the Blackfin (SS-322), underway after Guppy conversion, 18 January 1962.US Navy photo NPC 1059546 1-18-62 courtesy of usssubvetsofwwii.org.
Blackfin106kBlackfin's (SS-322) battle-flag drawn by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Photo courtesy of Navy Yard Associates.
Blackfin414kAfter Caiman's (SS-323) decommissioning ceremony as seen from the shore on 30 July 1972:
Harder (SS-568),
Blackfin (SS-322),
Trigger (SS-564) &
Sperry (AS-12).
Blackfin's time clock was ticking, 45 days the boat would be decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register on 15 September 1972.
Photo courtesy of Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret),Turkish Navy.
Blackfin492kAfter Caiman's (SS-323) decommissioning ceremony, from left to right:
Trigger (SS-564),
Blackfin (SS-322), &
Harder (SS-568).
Photo courtesy of Sait Kucuk, CPOS (Ret),Turkish Navy.

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DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site.
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U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
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Guppy Submarines
Ep-21 (1) - Victory At Sea ~ Full Fathom Five - HQ

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