Allied Warships

Lionfish (SS-298)

Submarine of the Balao class


USS Lionfish as completed.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassBalao 
Pennant298 
Built byCramp Shipbuilding Co. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Ordered24 Dec 1941 
Laid down15 Dec 1942 
Launched7 Nov 1943 
Commissioned1 Nov 1944 
End service15 Dec 1953 
History

Decommissioned 16 December 1946.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet.
Recommissioned 31 January 1951.
Decommissioned 15 December 1953.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
Placed in service in reserve 1 March 1960 for service as a Naval Reserve training ship at Providence, Rhode Island.
Stricken 20 December 1971.
Placed on permanent display as a memorial at Fall River, Massachusetts on 30 August 1972.

 

Commands listed for USS Lionfish (298)

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1Lt.Cdr. Edward Dean Spruance, USN1 Nov 19445 Jun 1945
2Cdr. Bricker Mcdowell Ganyard, USN5 Jun 194522 Aug 1945

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Notable events involving Lionfish include:


17 Dec 1944
USS Lionfish (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Spruance, USN) arrived at Newport, Rhode Island from Portsmouth, New Hampshire for torpedo trials.

21 Dec 1944
With her torpedo trials completed, USS Lionfish (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Spruance, USN), arrived at New London, Connecticut from Newport, Rhode Island.

29 Dec 1944
USS Bullhead (Cdr. W.T. Griffith, USN) conducted exercises in Long Island sound together with USS Enright (Lt.Cdr. A.B. Bradley, Jr., USNR), USS Scott (Lt.Cdr. Cdr. H.W. Osterhaus, Jr., USNR), USS Schmitt (Lt. T.A. Melusky, USNR) and USS Lionfish (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Spruance, USN).

30 Dec 1944
USS Bullhead (Cdr. W.T. Griffith, USN) conducted exercises in Long Island sound together with USS Enright (Lt.Cdr. A.B. Bradley, Jr., USNR), USS Scott (Lt.Cdr. Cdr. H.W. Osterhaus, Jr., USNR), USS Schmitt (Lt. T.A. Melusky, USNR) and USS Lionfish (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Spruance, USN).

8 Jan 1945
USS Lionfish (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Spruance, USN) departed New London, Connecticut for Key West, Florida.

15 Jan 1945
USS Lionfish (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Spruance, USN) arrived at Key West, Florida.

24 Jan 1945
USS Lionfish (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Spruance, USN) departed Key West, Florida for the Panama Canal Zone.

28 Jan 1945
USS Lionfish (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Spruance, USN) arrived in the Panama Canal Zone.

8 Feb 1945
USS Lionfish (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Spruance, USN) departed the Panama Canal Zone for Pearl Harbour.

25 Feb 1945
USS Lionfish (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Spruance) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

19 Mar 1945
USS Lionfish (Lt.Cdr. Edward Dean Spruance) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol, and was ordered to patrol south of Bongo Suido. Later she was ordered to patrol in the Yellow and East China Seas as well.

1 May 1945
USS Lionfish (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Spruance) sank a Japanese sailing vessel with gunfire in the Yellow Sea in position 35°28'N, 124°05'E.

15 May 1945
USS Lionfish (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Spruance) ended her 1st war patrol at Midway.

20 Jun 1945
USS Lionfish (Cmdr Bricker Mcdowell Ganyard) departed from Midway for her 2nd war patrol, and was ordered to patrol off the Bungo Suido.

21 Jul 1945
USS Lionfish (Cmdr Bricker Mcdowell Ganyard) calls at Saipan to take on board additional fuel and torpedoes, and then resumes her 2nd war patrol the next day.

22 Aug 1945
USS Lionfish (Cmdr Bricker Mcdowell Ganyard) ended her 2nd war patrol at Midway.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret


U.S. Submarines Through 1945

Friedman, Norman


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