Allied Warships

Lizardfish (SS-373)

Submarine of the Balao class


USS Lizardfish on sea trials in Lake Michigan in January 1945, note the ice in the water!

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassBalao 
Pennant373 
Built byManitowoc Shipbuilding Co. (Manitowoc, Wisconsin, U.S.A.) 
Ordered6 Jun 1942 
Laid down14 Mar 1944 
Launched27 Jul 1944 
Commissioned30 Dec 1944 
End service9 Jan 1960 
History

Decommissioned 24 June 1946.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet.
Recommissioned 16 March 1959.
Decommissioned and transferred to Italy 9 January 1960 being renamed Evangelista Torricelli (S-512).
Decomissioned by the Italian Navy in 1976.

 

Commands listed for USS Lizardfish (373)

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1Cdr. Ovid Mcmaster Butler, USN30 Dec 19443 Apr 1946

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Notable events involving Lizardfish include:


6 Feb 1945
USS Lizardfish (Cdr. O.M. Butler, USN) departed New Orleans, Louisiana for the Panama Canal Zone.

6 Mar 1945
USS Lizardfish (Cdr. O.M. Butler, USN) departed the Panama Canal Zone for Pearl Harbour.

23 Mar 1945
With her trials and initial training completed USS Lizardfish (Cdr. O.M. Butler) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

9 Apr 1945
USS Lizardfish (Cdr. O.M. Butler) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

21 Apr 1945
USS Lizardfish (Cdr. O.M. Butler) topped up with fuel at Saipan.

2 Jun 1945
USS Lizardfish (Cdr. O.M. Butler) ended her 1st war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

28 Jun 1945
USS Lizardfish (Cdr. O.M. Butler) departed from Fremantle for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Java Sea.

5 Jul 1945
USS Lizardfish (Cdr. O.M. Butler) enters Chelukan Bawang Bay, Bali, Netherlands East Indies and destroyed five small Japanese vessels and the Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser Cha-37 (130 tons) with gunfire in position 08°10'S, 114°50'E.

19 Jul 1945
USS Lizardfish (Cdr. O.M. Butler) sank three small Japanese vessels with gunfire in the Sunda Strait in position 05°55'S, 105°48'E.

20 Jul 1945
USS Lizardfish (Cdr. O.M. Butler) sank a small Japanese vessel with gunfire off the Sunda Strait in position 05°41'S, 106°37'E.

6 Aug 1945
USS Lizardfish (Cdr. O.M. Butler) ended her 2nd war patrol at Subic Bay, Philippines.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

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U.S. Submarines Through 1945

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