Allied Warships

Burrfish (SS-312)

Submarine of the Balao class


USS Burrfish as Radar Picket Submarine

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassBalao 
Pennant312 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered21 Apr 1942 
Laid down24 Feb 1943 
Launched18 Jun 1943 
Commissioned14 Sep 1943 
End service11 May 1961 
History

Decommissioned 10 October 1946.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
Recommissioned 2 November 1948 and converted to a Radar Picket Submarine.
Decommissioned 17 December 1956.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
Recommissioned 17 January 1961.
Decommissioned 11 May 1961 and loaned to Canada being renamed HMCS Grilse (SS-71).
Returned to the U.S.N. and struck from the Naval Register 19 July 1969.
Sunk as a target off San Clemente Island, California 19 November 1969.

 

Commands listed for USS Burrfish (312)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. William Beckwith Perkins, Jr., USN14 Sep 194320 Dec 1944
2Lt.Cdr. Morton H. Lytle, USN20 Dec 194429 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Burrfish include:


27 Nov 1943
USS Burrfish (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Perkins, Jr., USN) arrived at Key West Florida to provide training services to the Fleet Sound School.

29 Nov 1943
USS Burrfish conducted exercises off Key West.

30 Nov 1943
USS Burrfish conducted exercises off Key West.

1 Dec 1943
USS Burrfish conducted exercises off Key West.

2 Dec 1943
USS Burrfish conducted exercises off Key West.

3 Dec 1943
USS Burrfish conducted exercises off Key West.

4 Dec 1943
USS Burrfish conducted exercises off Key West.

6 Dec 1943
USS Burrfish conducted exercises off Key West.

7 Dec 1943
USS Burrfish conducted exercises off Key West.

8 Dec 1943
USS Burrfish conducted exercises off Key West.

9 Dec 1943
USS Burrfish conducted exercises off Key West.

10 Dec 1943
USS Burrfish conducted exercises off Key West.

11 Dec 1943
USS Burrfish conducted exercises off Key West.

13 Dec 1943
USS Burrfish conducted exercises off Key West.

14 Dec 1943
USS Burrfish (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Perkins, Jr., USN) departed Key West, Florida for the Panama Canal Zone.

18 Dec 1943
USS Burrfish (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Perkins, Jr., USN) arrived in the Panama Canal Zone from Key West, Florida.

21 Dec 1943
USS Burrfish (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Perkins, Jr., USN) transited the Panama Canal.

2 Feb 1944
USS Burrfish (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Perkins, Jr.) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Caroline Islands area.

22 Mar 1944
USS Burrfish (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Perkins, Jr.) ended her 1st war patrol at Midway.

14 Apr 1944
USS Burrfish (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Perkins, Jr.) departed from Midway for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol south of the Japanese home islands.

7 May 1944
USS Burrfish (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Perkins, Jr.) torpedoed and sank the German oiler Rossbach (5984 GRT, former Norwegian Madrono, offsite link) south of Murotosaki, Japan in position 33°15'N, 134°11'E.

4 Jun 1944
USS Burrfish (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Perkins, Jr.) ended her 2nd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

10 Jul 1944
USS Burrfish (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Perkins, Jr.) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Palau's.

27 Aug 1944
USS Burrfish (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Perkins, Jr.) ended her 3rd war patrol at Majuro.

18 Sep 1944
USS Burrfish (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Perkins, Jr.) departed from Majuro for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol of the Bonin Islands.

17 Nov 1944
USS Burrfish (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Perkins, Jr.) and USS Ronquil (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Monroe) heavily damaged the Japanese guard boat Fusa Maru (177 GRT) south of Hachiro Jima, Japan in position 32°15'N, 140°00'E.

Burrfish is damaged by gunfire from the Japanese ship and Ronquil is damaged, most likely, by the premature explosion of a 40 millimetre shell.

2 Dec 1944
USS Burrfish (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Perkins, Jr.) ended her 4th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

3 Jan 1945
USS Burrfish (Lt.Cdr. M.H. Lytle) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol south of Japan.

11 Feb 1945
USS Burrfish (Lt.Cdr. M.H. Lytle) is damaged by depth charges and aerial bombs off the Bonin Islands in position 27°51'N, 141°55'N. She is able to remain on patrol.

24 Feb 1945
USS Burrfish (Lt.Cdr. M.H. Lytle) ended her 5th war patrol at Guam.

25 Mar 1945
USS Burrfish (Lt.Cdr. M.H. Lytle) departed from Guam for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Luzon Strait.

4 May 1945
USS Burrfish (Lt.Cdr. M.H. Lytle) ended her 6th war patrol at Saipan.

13 May 1945
USS Burrfish arrived at Pearl Harbor.

7 Jun 1945
USS Burrfish (Lt.Cdr. M.H. Lytle, USN) arrived in the Panama Canal Zone.

12 Jun 1945
USS Burrfish (Lt.Cdr. M.H. Lytle, USN) departed the Panama Canal Zone for the Portsmouth Navy Yard.

19 Jun 1945
USS Burrfish arrived at the Portsmouth Navy Yard at Kittery, Maine for a major overhaul.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

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U.S. Submarines Through 1945

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