WWII unrestricted submarine war against Japan

 

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  in the PACIFIC  1941 - 1945


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BARRACUDA CLASS SUBMARINES
WWII U.S. Submarine Warfare - Pacific Theater 1941 to 1945
World War II specifications, design details and boat lists for the
U.S. Navy Barracuda Class submarines


 

Barracuda Class submarines

 

 


The unique design of the BARRACUDA Class makes this boat readily distinguishable from other US submarines, particularly in reference to its bulbous bow profile (see photos below). A larger conning tower and protected bridge were enhancements that continued in subsequent class designs. Innovations regarding the placement of additional buoyancy tanks, partial double hull construction and non-circular cross sectioning were included. Further improvements to hatch design and placement plus propulsion modifications along with the B class' three periscopes were held in high regard throughout the submarine community. However, the US Navy's quest for a reliable fleet boat was not to be found in the Barracudas.

Heavy in the forward section due to the hull design and its bow configuration, this resulted in extremely difficult handling. Unreliable engines and bow planes which retracted into the outer hull made adjustments difficult and only added to their operational woes. 

Their contribution to the war effort was a major disappointment. The USS Barracuda conducted six war patrols but was unsuccessful in making so much as a single enemy contact. Realizing that these boats were basically unfit for combat duty, they were relegated to supply and training duties until decommissioning and scrapping.

 


BARRACUDA CLASS

Displacement 2,000 surfaced, 2,620 submerged
Length 342'
Beam 27' 6"
Draft 15' 9"
Max dive depth 200'
Speed: (in knots) 18.5 surfaced, 9 submerged
Guns 1 - 5" 50 cal.
Tubes 4 - 21" fwd, 2 aft 
Crew 56
Power 2 Diesel engines/2 electric motors

 

BOAT KEEL LAID LAUNCHED COMM BUILDER
SS-163 USS Barracuda
(ex V1)
10/20/21 7/17/24 10/1/24 PNY

SS-164 USS Bass
(ex V2)

10/20/21 12/27/24 9/26/25 PNY
SS-165 USS Bonita
(ex V3)
11/16/21 6/9/25 5/22/26 MINY


PNY - Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME
EBC - Electric Boat Company, Groton, CT
MINY - Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Mare Island, CA

 


 

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SS - 164 USS Bass

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


RESOURCE NOTES:


Product photo
United States Submarine Operations in World War II
By Theodore Roscoe
United States Naval Institute
George Banta Company Inc Copyright 1949
Product photo Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War Against Japan
By Clay Blair
J.B. Lippincott Company
Copyright 1975
Product photo Subs Against the Rising Sun:
U.S. Submarines in the Pacific

By Keith H. Milton
Yucca Free Press
Copyright 2000
Book Cover U. S. Submarines in World War II:
An Illustrated History of the Pacific

By Larry Kimmett & Margaret Regis
Navigator Publishing
Copyright 191996

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