The SS-222, U.S.S. Bluefish launched 21 February 1943 at the Electric Boat yard at Groton, CN, Bluefish was placed in commission on 24 May, with Commander George E. Porter in command.

Arriving in Australia in August 1943, Bluefish conducted a total of nine war patrols, mostly operating out of Fremantle. She was credited with sinking 12.5 ships (sharing credit with Puffer for a 5,135-ton tanker), for 50,839 tons.

Bluefish returned to the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 9 October 1945. At the end of the month she was moved to New London. She was decommissioned and placed in reserve 12 February 1947.

Reactivated on 7 January 1952 at New London, Bluefish operated with SubDiv 41 out of Key West, participating in local patrols and training exercises during the Korean War. In November 1953, she was again placed in reserve at New London.

Note: This is one of those boats for which we have so far been unable to find final disposal information. A new U.S.S. Bluefish (SSN-675), a Sturgeon class nuclear attack submarine, was laid down in 1968, so the original was obviously disposed of prior to that time.

HISTORY FOR U.S.S. Bluefish
Launched:Builder:Sponsor:Commissioned:First Captain:Stricken/Lost:
2/21/43Electric BoatMrs R.Y. Menzie5/24/45CDR George E. Porter1953
Patrols
No:Captain:From:Date:Duration:Score (WT):JANACReturn:
1George E. PorterBrisbane9/43254/16,2002/3,822Brisbane
2George E. PorterBrisbane10/43323/22,8002/11,390Brisbane
3George E. PorterBrisbane12/43272/20,1002/11,000Fremantle
4Charles M. HendersonFremantle2/44581/7,5001/10,500Fremantle
5Charles M. HendersonFremantle5/44532/7,0002/4,700Fremantle
6Charles M. HendersonFremantle7/44542.5/34,5001.5/9,067Pearl Harbor
7Charles M. HendersonPearl Harbor2/45420/00/0Pearl Harbor
8George W. Forbes, Jr.Pearl Harbor4/45380/00/0Fremantle
9George W. Forbes, Jr.Fremantle6/44331/2,0002/2,750Fremantle

 

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