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  • USS Bowfin Memorial History
    secured She was then towed to Pearl Harbor s Naval Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility In 1978 a non profit organization the Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association PFSMA was formed and chartered On 3 August 1979 they formally acquired BOWFIN from the U S Navy This acquisition was made possible through an act of Congress passed on 10 August 1956 This act authorized the Secretary of the Navy to transfer by gift or otherwise on terms prescribed to him any obsolete vessel of the Navy to any U S non profit organization who would promise to restore and preserve the vessel at no cost to the U S government and its taxpayers There were also other conditions that had be observed in accordance with receiving BOWFIN One condition mandated that no part of the submarine may be activated for the purpose of nav igation or movement of the submarine under her own power Another condition stipulated that BOWFIN must be maintained in a manner that would not be a discredit to the U S Navy or to the proud heritage of the submarine Later that month the submarine was towed to Pier 39 near downtown Honolulu where a group of volunteers from the civilian and military community alike eagerly assisted in cleaning and restoring BOWFIN after years of neglect The Dillingham Corporation did much of the preliminary restoration work as many Navy League members worked hard to secure the necessary funds to support the project Meanwhile PFSMA continued to search for a suitable permanent mooring site In December 1980 BOWFIN was moved to her present day location at Pearl Harbor next to the Arizona Memorial Visitor Center a fitting location for the submarine that had been launched a year after the attack on Pearl Harbor and nicknamed The Pearl Harbor Avenger

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  • History of USS Bowfin
    and helped to make famous the term Silent Service Bowfin was launched on 7 December 1942 exactly one year to the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor She was nicknamed the Pearl Harbor Avenger so it is fitting that she is permanently homeported at Pearl Harbor Hawaii Patrol Summary On these pages follow her history through nine arduous war patrols filled with hard work frustration courage and triumph Launching and Commissioning Patrol 1 Secret Mission Patrol 2 Presidential Unit Citation Patrol 3 An Admiral Aboard Patrol 4 The Hunter and the Hunted Patrol 5 Tough Luck Patrol 6 Sighted Bus Sank Same Patrol 7 A Cutie Patrol 8 Hell s Bells Patrol 9 Operation Barney Post War Summary Secrets of the Sub Hawaii Themed Submarines Hawaii Themed Submarines USS Kamehameha SSBN 642 was launched on 16 January 1965 and commissioned on 10 December 1965 This submarine holds the name for King Kamehameha the Great It is fitting that one of our submarines bear the name of this striking figure in Hawaiian history His people were intrepid seafarers and knowledge of stars winds and currents still arouse wonder and admiration For much of USS Kamehameha s service she was based in Rota Spain conducting deterrence patrols during the Cold War Commissioning gifts to the submarine are on display at the museum USS Honolulu SSN 718 a Los Angeles class submarine was the third ship of the United States to be named for Honolulu Hawaii She was launched on 24 September 1983 and commissioned on 6 July 1985 Honolulu s patrols are commemorated by ten surfboards signed by the crews aboard her at the time One of the four surfboards held at Bowfin Park is on display in the museum The USS Hawaii SSN 776 is the first commissioned vessel of

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  • Museum
    evening of 13 August as she transited Balabac Strait on the surface she was rocked by a great explosion She sank in 1 minute after striking the mine but 13 officers and men got out of her Eight of them reached the beach of Mantangula Island after 15 hours in the water Friendly natives guided them to a coast watcher who arranged for them to be picked up by submarine and on the night of 30 31 August they were taken on board by Redfin SS 272 Flier s story does not end here On February 1 2010 Commander Submarine Forces Pacific Fleet COMSUBPAC Rear Adm Douglas McAneny announced that a sunken vessel located in the Balabac Strait area of the Philippines is in fact the World War II submarine USS Flier SS 250 The last surviving crew member of Flier Ens Al Jacobson had never given up the search for his lost shipmates Sadly Jacobson passed away in 2008 but his family was determined to continue the search The family provided notes and research to the production company YAP Films which investigates nautical mysteries and Jacobson s son Steve and grandson Nelson participated in the search Led by the father and son team of divers Mike and Warren Fletcher their efforts paid off in the discovery of the vessel in 330 feet of water at approximately the same locaton that Al Jacobson had believed the boat was sunk A memorial ceremony for the men of USS Flier is scheduled to take place on August 12 13 2010 at the Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum GLNMM located in Muskegon Michigan GLNMM is the home of the historic submarine USS Silversides which is of the same class and general appearance as USS Flier An exhibit dedicated to Flier is also under development at the Museum USS Perch SS 176 USS Perch SS 176 On November 23 2006 a dive group led by Vidar Skoglie found USS Perch SS 176 in the Java Sea north northwest of Surabaya City Java at a depth of 190 feet In December 2006 diver photographer Kevin Denlay sent numerous photos of the wreck to Bowfin Park Her identity has not yet been confirmed by the U S Navy although physical evidence of the vessel s identity appears conclusive USS Ohio Leaps in Submarine Technology USS Ohio SSBN 726 Latest addition to the Cold War arsenal for Strategic Deterrence the Ohio class SSBN is 576 feet long carrying 24 D 5 missiles with multiple independently targeted re entry vehicle warheads that is the central feature of the Strategic Shield for the United States and the West Employing the most up to date technology for weapons sensors communications construction habitability this submarine is more quiet than the ocean that surrounds it The submarine uses its stealth to remain undetected and ready in the oceans of the world hiding and awaiting a message it hopes will never come It uses its sensors and equipment with maximum redundancy Its

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  • Waterfront Memorial
    Waterfront Memorial stands in tribute to the 52 U S submarines and more than 3 500 submariners who made the ultimate sacrifice for their nation during World War II The fifty two monuments chronicle the wartime career of each of the lost submarines and list the names of the officers and enlisted men who are on eternal patrol with their vessels An additional monument lists the names of submariners who where lost in the line of duty although their vessels were not sunk The Memorial has provided a much appreciated gathering place where people may pay their respects reminisce about the frightening yet exhilarating days of World War II and share rich memories with the younger generation Since its official dedication on 11 May 1992 the Memorial has hosted hundreds of reenlistments retirements commissionings memorial services changes of command receptions and even a wedding The Waterfront Memorial is the end result of four years of hard work by a talented team of historians architects graphic designers landscapers and skilled craftspeople Raising the funds necessary to support such a project has not been easy Although several of the plaques have been generously sponsored by individuals veterans groups and corporations most of

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  • Regulus
    Regulus Kaiten Battle Flags Poseidon Missile Bowfin Artifacts Regulus Regulus The Mail Missle Ever heard of receiving your mail via a missile Sounds crazy but on 8 June 1959 a Regulus I missile just like the one you see here was loaded with 3 000 letters and launched from the submarine USS Barbero SS 317 The missile traveled over 100 miles for approximately 22 minutes over the Atlantic Ocean It

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  • Kaiten
    Turn Toward Heaven The Human Torpedo The design of the Japanese Kaiten was originally based on the highly successful surfaced launched Type 93 Long Lance torpedo Nearly 400 Type 1 s were built and were the only type used operationally The Type 4 oxygen kerosene engine produced 1 500 horsepower on one shaft Top speed was 40 knots Range for Type 4 is listed as 38 52 miles at 20 knots 23 61 miles at 30 knots and 16 78 miles at 40 knots The warhead contained 3 960 pounds of TNT Approximately 45 50 Type 4 s were built in 1945 but were never used operationally An escape hatch was not provided for Kaiten built late in the war and in any case no pilot is known to have attempted to escape from his speeding torpedo as it approached its target Many Type 4 weapons were found at the Kure Naval Base after the War Kaiten were carried piggyback aboard mother submarines and possibly aboard a few surface ships adapted for that purpose At least three could be carried at a time on one mother sub some I boats carried as many as six Kaiten Maximum depth was 264

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  • Battle Flags
    replicas of submarine battle flags of submarines that fought the war in the Pacific Because these flags are unofficial and were individually designed by the crewmen of the different boats the creativity style and design of each varies The one element common to all of them is the pride of the men who served Generally a submarine s battle flag included a mascot in caricature a record of enemy ship sinkings and important commendations awarded to the boat the Presidential Unit Citation for example Damaged ships airmen rescued mines laid and other special missions were also indicated on the flags A few boats which were highly successful chose not to incorporate a battle record into their design One such boat was the USS Parche Other points of interest are the German U Boat sunk by and USS Barb the Vichy French ship sunk by Bowfin and ten aviators rescued by USS Scabbardfish Time continues to be a battle flag s worst enemy Without proper conservation battle flags deteriorate rapidly in an uncontrolled environment of bright lights and humidity The temperature and humidity are controlled and monitored by the museum staff daily Once damage has occurred it cannot be reversed even

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