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USS Bluegill (SS-242) WW2
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  • Class: Drum (SS-228) variant of Gato (SS-212) class.
  • Built at: Electric Boat, Groton, CT
  • Laid Down: 17 December 1942
  • Launched: 8 August 1943
  • Sponsor: Mrs. W. Sterling Cole
  • Commissioned: 11 November 1943 (Veterans Day)
  • First CO: LCDR Eric L. Barr, Jr.
  • Decommissioned: 1 March 1946
  • Also in commission:
    • 3 May 1951 to 2 July 1952
    • 2 May 1953 to 28 June 1969
  • Strike Date: 28 June 1969
  • Final Disposition: Used as salvage trainer in Hawaii. Rasied and resunk in deeper water 28 June 1969.
  • Remarks: BQR-4 sonar installed in expanded bow array, reclassified as SSK 18 February 1953. Boat made six war patrols during World War II and saw service during the Korean Conflict. During World War II the boat is credited with sinking 12 (10) ships with a tonnage of 51,200 (46,212) tons.
Courtesy of J.L. Christley, United States Naval Submarine Force Information Book - 1998.

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