USS Lionfish (SS-298)

Lionfish berthed in Fall River, Massachusetts, in 2014. Author photo.

Nation
Ship Class
Laid Down
1942
Launched
1943
Commissioned
1944
Decommissioned
1953
AD/BC
AD
History

One of the Balao-class, USS Lionfish is a diesel-electric submarine. Completed too late to see much action during World War II, Lionfish conducted two patrols in the Pacific between April and August, 1945, sinking a Japanese schooner, and unsuccessfully attacking several submarines. Lionfish decommissioned in 1946, but was reactivated in 1951. She served on training duty in the Atlantic, and conducted exercises in the Mediterranean with NATO forces, before returning to the reserves in 1953. She was used as a reserve training sub in Providence, Rhode Island, from 1960, but was removed from the Navy list in 1971. Lionfish escaped the scrap yard, and joined the battleship USS Massachusetts in Fall River, Massachusetts, as a museum ship from 1973. Lionfish was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

Bonus Information

Fun Fact: Lionfish is one of only a few WWII American submarines that were not upgraded during the Cold War, and is still in her original configuration.