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Redfish (SS-395) (AGSS-395)

Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Oscar - Alpha

Balao Class Submarine: Laid down, 9 September 1943, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME.; Launched, 27 January 1944; Commissioned USS Redfish (SS-395), 12 April 1944; Designation changed to Auxiliary Submarine (AGSS-395), 1 July 1960; Decommissioned, 27 June 1968; Struck from the Naval Register, 30 June 1968; Final Disposition, sunk as a target, 6 February 1969, by Medegral (SS-480), off San Diego, CA. Redfish received two battle stars for World War II service.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced 1,526 t., Submerged 2,391 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 10 kts; Submerged Endurance, 48 hours at 2 kts; 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 single 40mm gun mount, one single 20mm gun mount, two .50 cal. machine guns; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Propulsion, diesel-electric reduction gear, Fairbanks Morse diesel engines, 5,400 HP, Fuel Capacity, 116,000 gal., four Elliot Motor Co. electric main motors with 2,740 shp, two 126-cell main storage batteries, two propellers.
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Drydock493kEarly 1944 photo of the Redfish (SS-395), Ronquil (SS-396) & Razorback (SS-394) under construction and soon to be launched, with prefabricated sections and other building parts for the soon to be constructed Piper (SS-409) & Threadfin (SS-410) in the foreground.Photo courtesy of John D. Alden, author of The Fleet Submarine in the U.S. Navy: A Design and Construction History.
Quintuplets123kCommemorative postal cover marking the quadruple launching of the Razorback (SS-394), Redfish (SS-395), Ronquil (SS-396) & Scabbardfish (SS-397) launching, 27 January 1944 at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Redfish 154k Preparing for the Christening ceremony aboard the Redfish (SS-395) at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME., 27 January 1944. Two of the submarines behind the Redfish are either the Razorback (SS-394), Ronquil (SS-396) & Scabbardfish (SS-397). All 4 boats were launched that day. US Navy photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Redfish 178k Miss Ruth Roper holds the bottle at the Christening ceremony aboard the Redfish (SS-395) at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME., 27 January 1944. Two of the submarines behind the Redfish are either the Razorback (SS-394), Ronquil (SS-396) & Scabbardfish (SS-397). All 4 boats were launched that day. US Navy photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Redfish 16k Commemorative postal cover marking the Redfish's (SS-395) first day in commission, 12 April 1944. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Redfish 692k The fleet aircraft carrier HIJMS Unryu on 16 July 1944, shortly before her commissioning.
Unryu seen here sinking after being torpedoed by the submarine Redfish (SS-395) on 19 December 1944 200 nm SE of Shanghai (29 degrees 59' N, 124 degrees 03' E).
Imperial Japanese Navy official photo. Photo from "Navies of the Second World War: Japanese Aircraft Carriers and Destroyers" Macdonald & Co. (publishing): London. Insert photo USN Photo, both courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Photo added 03/12/14.
Redfish 692k Mizuho Maru was a Japanese Passenger ship of 8,182 tons built in 1912 by Russell & Co., Port Glasgow, Yard No 633 as the Infanta Isabel. She was powered by two steam quandruple engines, twin screw. Engines by Rowans, Glasgow. Transferred along with rest of fleet to Cia Transoceanica de Navegaceon, Barcelona in 1925 but sold on to Osaka Chosen Kaisha in 1926 and became Midzuho Maru later Mizuho Maru.
She is pictured here as the Midzuho Maru, Kobe-Darien Liner, Osaka Shosen Kaisha Ship Line ~ c. 1930's Post Card
During the China~Japan war she was used as a troopship and in WW2 was classified as a Hospital Ship. Whether or not she was used in this role, it did not spare her from Redfish (SS-395) who torpedoed and sank her on 21st September 1944.
Redfish arrived at Pearl Harbor 27 June 1944. Departing 23 July, she sank the 5,953-ton Japanese cargo ship Batopaha Maru 25 August, the 7,311-ton tanker Ogura Maru No. 2 on 16 September, and the 8,506-ton transport Mizuho Maru 21 September, all off Formosa, before arriving at Midway.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
Redfish 633k Redfish (SS-395), circa 1945. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Redfish 1.02k Five page PDF history of the Redfish (SS-395).Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Redfish 228k Cut out of the Redfish (SS-395). Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Redfish 52k WW II battle flag of the Redfish (SS-395). US Navy photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Redfish 1.90k Redfish (SS-395) starboard side view underway with a pair of deck guns, circa post war. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Redfish 687k Grey interior areas of the Redfish (SS-395). US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Redfish 33k Some of the crew of the Redfish (SS-395) in 1952 above the Arctic Circle. Photo courtesy of Robert Crow (USN retired).
Redfish 35k Redfish (SS-395) in 1952 above the Arctic Circle dodging blocks of ice. Photo courtesy of Robert Crow (USN retired).
Redfish 27k Desolate scenery awaited the Redfish (SS-395) in 1952 above the Arctic Circle. Photo courtesy of Robert Crow (USN retired).
Redfish 32k Redfish (SS-395) in 1952 above the Arctic Circle. The icebreaker is Burton Island (AG-88). US Navy photo courtesy of the US Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory. Text courtesy of Robert Crow (USN retired).
Redfish 17k Redfish (SS-395) in 1952 above the Arctic Circle. The icebreaker is Burton Island (AG-88). Photo courtesy of Robert Crow (USN retired).
Redfish 31k Redfish (SS-395) in 1953 in the Arctic ice pack. US Navy photo courtesy of the US Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory.
Redfish 448k Redfish (SS-395) starboard side view underway, after her deck guns had been removed, circa 1950's. US Navy photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Redfish 67k Redfish (SS-395) starboard side view underway, after her deck guns had been removed, circa 1950's. US Navy photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Redfish 818k Port side views of the Redfish (SS-395) underway, after her deck guns had been removed, circa 1950's. US Navy photo courtesy of ussubvetsofwwii.org.
Redfish 1.00k In the spring of 1954, Redfish (SS-395) participated in the Walt Disney production of Jules Verne's "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea," and, in September 1957, in the motion picture "Run Silent, Run Deep." She appears in this view in between films on 23 July 1956. Text courtesy of DANFS.
US Navy photo # USN 1003237 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Redfish 73k Run Silent, Run Deep is a war film released in 1958 based on the 1955 novel by then-Commander Edward L. Beach, Jr.. It was directed by Robert Wise and starred Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster; and featured the film debut of Don Rickles. World War II United States Navy submarine Commander P.J. Richardson, (Clark Gable) has an obsession with the Japanese destroyer that sank his previous boat and three others. He convinces the navy board to give him a new sub command with the provision that his exec be someone who has just returned from active sea patrol. He is single-mindedly training the crew of his new boat, the Nerka, to return to the Bungo Straits and sink the destroyer, captained by the crafty ex-submariner, now destroyer captain, nicknamed Bungo Pete. The Executive Officer, Lieutenant Jim Bledsoe, is played by Burt Lancaster. The Redfish (SS-395) was used for many of the exterior shots during the production of the movie. Photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Redfish 138k The Redfish (AGSS-395) arrives at Mare Island for overhaul on 21 June 1961. She was in overhaul at the yard until 27 October 1961. USN photo # 001-6-61, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Redfish 65k The wardroom aboard Redfish (AGSS-395) after modification at Mare Island as seen on 30 October 1961. USN photo # 53076-10-61, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Redfish 75k The wardroom aboard Redfish (AGSS-395) after modification at Mare Island as seen on 30 October 1961. USN photo # 53077-10-61, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Redfish 86k The washroom aboard Redfish (AGSS-395) after modification at Mare Island as seen on 30 October 1961. USN photo # 53078A-10-61, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Redfish 74k The washroom aboard Redfish (AGSS-395) after modification at Mare Island as seen on 30 October 1961. USN photo # 53078B-10-61, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Redfish 32k Spinax (SS-489), Redfish (SS-395), and Volador (SS-490) nested alongside the Nereus (AS-17), at San Diego, circa 1964-66. Photo by Patrick Householder.
Ballast Point 81k Ballast Point Nest 1967: Volador (SS-490), Redfish (SS-395), Salmon (SS-573) & Rock (SS-274). Photo by J.D. Decrevel EM2(SS).

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