The USS Torsk, a Tench-Class submarine, nicknamed the Galloping Ghost of the Japanese Coast, was commissioned December 16, 1944.  The ship was deployed to the Pacific for World War II and made 2 war patrols.  During her second patrol, the Torsk was credited with sinking three Japanese ships.  Of particular note, the USS Torsk set the all-time record number of dives for a submarine which is an impressive 11,884 dives.

Battle Stars Awarded:

  • 1960 – Presidential Unit Citation for service during the Lebanon Crisis
  • 1962 – Navy Commendation Medal for actions during the Cuban Blockade

She was decommissioned on 4 March 1968 and serves as one of the historic ships in Baltimore as a museum and memorial.

History of the SS-423, USS Torsk Submarine

Launched:Builder:Sponsor:Commissioned:First Captain:Stricken/Lost:
1944Museum, Baltimore
No:Captain:From:Date:Duration:Score (WT):JANACReturn:
1Bafford E. LewellenPearl Harbor4/45630/00/0Pearl Harbor
2Bafford E. LewellenPearl Harbor7/45504/6,0003/2,476Pearl Harbor