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03-18-2007, 08:24 PM
Here are some photo's of the USS Lionfish... I took at a visit at Battleship Cove, Fall River Massachusetts back in 2005.

Sorry for some of the photo's quality.. but going up and down those ships is a bit easier when I was younger and in the Navy. LoL And I thought you might want to see them anyway.

Link: http://www.battleshipcove.org/ss298-history.htm









03-18-2007, 08:28 PM
Here are a few more... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif








03-18-2007, 09:50 PM
Very cool ! Thanks !

03-18-2007, 10:07 PM
Very awesome http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

That thing seems huge though :O how big is it compared to the UBoats?

03-18-2007, 10:23 PM
USS Lionfish SS-298...

USS Lionfish (SS-298), a Balao-class submarine, was the only ship of the United States Navy named for the lionfish, a scorpaenoid fish found in the West Indies and the tropical Pacific.

Lionfish was laid down on 15 December 1942; launched on 7 November 1943, sponsored by Mrs. Harold C. Train; and commissioned on 1 November 1944. Her first captain was Lieutenant Commander Edward D. Spruance, son of the famous World War II admiral, Raymond Spruance.

After completing her shakedown cruise off New England, she began her first war patrol in Japanese waters on 1 April 1945. Ten days later, she dodged two torpedoes fired by a Japanese submarine and on 1 May destroyed a Japanese schooner with her deck guns. After a rendezvous with the submarine Ray, she transported B-29 survivors to Saipan and then made her way to Midway Island for replenishment.

On 2 June she started her second war patrol, and on 10 July fired torpedoes at a surfaced Japanese submarine, after which Lionfish's crew heard explosions and observed smoke through their periscope. She subsequently fired on two more Japanese submarines and ended her second and last war patrol performing lifeguard duty (the rescue of downed fliers) off the coast of Japan. When hostilities ended on 15 August she headed for San Francisco and was decommissioned at Mare Island Navy Yard on 16 January 1946.

Lionfish was recommissioned on 31 January 1951, and headed for the East Coast for training cruises. After participating in NATO exercises and a Mediterranean cruise, she returned to the East Coast and was decommissioned at the Boston Navy Yard on 15 December 1953.

In 1960, the venerable submarine was called to duty again, this time serving as a reserve training submarine at Providence, Rhode Island. In 1971, she was stricken from the Navy Register, and in 1973, she was unveiled for permanent display as a memorial at Battleship Cove, where she has evolved into one of the museum's most popular exhibits and a revered monument to all submariners.

Displacement: 1,500 tons surfaced
2,415 tons submerged
Length: 312 ft
Beam: 27 ft
Propulsion: four 5,400 hp diesel engines
four 2,740 hp (2.0 MW) electric motors
two propellers
Speed: 20 knots surfaced
10 knots submerged
Armament: 1 5" Deck Gun
10 21" Torpedo Tubes
20 mm and 40 mm guns
4 .50 caliber guns

A link: http://www.battleshipcove.org/news-gallery-ss298.htm

03-18-2007, 10:30 PM
Originally posted by Liddabit:
Very awesome http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

That thing seems huge though :O how big is it compared to the UBoats?

Much bigger than a VII. There's another thread that shows they are just a bit bigger than a IXD. So a IXD makes good practice for a Gato Fleet boat, except you'll have 6 X 4 tubes to play with on the Gato, instead of 4 X 2.

03-19-2007, 02:13 AM
Woof, Thanks for sharing, this thread makes me want to camp out in front of my mailbox. You just increased my excitement for SH4 with these photo's http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

03-19-2007, 03:31 AM
Great pics thanks... A few years ago I was in Charleston SC and took a walking tour of the Yorkton there they also had the Savanah the 1st Nuke freighter too plus a sub and a destoyer escort... Wasa a nice full day exploring everything

03-19-2007, 06:34 AM
Glad you all enjoyed the photo's... a link on Gato Class boats.

I also see the date from Go Gamer is now Release Date: Mar 20, 2007.

Link: http://www.mackinnon.org/gato-diagram.html

12-09-2008, 10:22 AM
Hi my name is Lester Palifka and i have an intimate relationship with hte lionfish. I live in CT and 10 years ago iwas very involved with the Lionfish. I used to go up there on week ens-ds to do restoration work. I had my own bunk on the Battleship. I used to give private tours of the boat. I know her from the bilges to the top of the periscope shears.

I was fortunate to know alot of the former crew. I went to one of thier reuniions where i was presented with a plaque and was made an honoray crew member.

The best peice of memorabilia that was given to me was the actual plot map from the second war patrol.

Anyway i just thought i would share this with you all....

I am a collector of sub memoriablia. i have over 400 books on subs...my adopted boat is the uss Baya of which the xo gave to me the commisioning plaque before he passed away...
if anyone needs research done i would be glad to be of help.....lester

12-09-2008, 04:46 PM
Hey Lester,

Come on over to the SUBMARINEMUSEUMS.ORG forum and join up. We'd love to have someone there who knows anything about the Lionfish.

SUBMARINEMUSEUMS.ORG Forum (http://www.submarinemuseums.org/forum)

12-10-2008, 02:15 PM
ok will do this week end.. i have to find the 300+ pics i took of lionfish while i was doing my vol work on her....Lester

12-10-2008, 03:14 PM
Originally posted by lester_pali1950:
ok will do this week end.. i have to find the 300+ pics i took of lionfish while i was doing my vol work on her....Lester
Now that you've stepped forward.. we're waiting for your 'commitment' http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

12-11-2008, 10:47 AM
Yay! Lester's back! Maybe we need to dig out the ole SH4 Rolling Quiz thread?

12-12-2008, 10:15 AM
Wow..... didnt know i was missed....i'll be able to spend some time on the sites as i had an accident in the woods while scoping out where i was going to be deer hunting with a friend of mine.... we were crossing a brook and when i stepped off the log i missed the bank .. went into the drink twisted side ways and sat down in the brook.... water up to my chest. took a look at my left lower leg which was at 90 degrees to the upper leg (not good)...anyway my buddy got on the cell and called 911..we were about a mile in the woods so they sent atvs and a group with chain saws as it was prety thick in there.... took two hours to get me out...any way i did a good job on the knee... tore the ACL, MCL and both miniscus....on crutches right now start phys therapy monday .. for 8 weks thenwe will see how much surgery i have to have.... anyway.. ill be around for a while so mybe we should get the question thread open againn.. see ya this week end....


12-13-2008, 09:47 AM
can some one send me the syntax for uploading pictures... it been awhile and i forgaot how to up load pics... thanks...my email is lester_palifka@yahoo.com

thanks, lester