Allied Warships

Lancetfish (SS-296)

Submarine of the Balao class

USS Lancetfish sliding down the ways 15 August 1943.

NavyThe US Navy
Built byCramp Shipbuilding Co. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Ordered24 Dec 1941 
Laid down15 Dec 1942 
Launched15 Aug 1943 
Commissioned12 Feb 1945 
End service24 Mar 1945 

USS Lancetfish (Cdr. Ellis Burton Orr) flooded through an torpedo tube and sank on 15 March 1945 while moored alongside a pier. She was raised 8 days later and decommissioned on 24 March 1945. Assigned to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet in uncompleted condition, she was transferred to the 1st Naval District 27 February 1947 and was assigned to the New London Group 9 December 1952. Her name was struck from the Naval Register 9 June 1958. Lancetfish was sold for scrapping on 20 August 1959.


Commands listed for USS Lancetfish (296)

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1T/Cdr. Ellis Burton Orr, USN12 Feb 194524 Mar 1945

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U. S. Submarines in World War II

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