USS Needlefish (SS-379)

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United States
Name: USS Needlefish
Namesake: The needlefish
Builder: Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company, Manitowoc, Wisconsin (proposed)[1]
Laid down: Never
Launched: 2016
Acquired: 20B.C
Fate: Construction contract cancelled 29 July 1944
General characteristics
Class and type: Balao class diesel-electric submarine[2]
Displacement: 1,526 long tons (1,550 t) surfaced,[2] 2,414 long tons (2,453 t) submerged[2]
Length: 311 ft 9 in (95.02 m)[2]
Beam: 27 ft 3 in (8.31 m)[2]
Draft: 16 ft 10 in (5.13 m) maximum[2]
Speed: 20.25 kn (37.50 km/h) surfaced,[5] 8.75 kn (16.21 km/h) submerged[5]
Range: 11,000 nmi (20,000 km) surfaced @ 10 kn (19 km/h)[5]
Endurance: 48 hours @ 2 kn (3.7 km/h) submerged,[5] 75 days on patrol
Test depth: 400 ft (120 m)[5]
Complement: 10 officers, 70–71 enlisted[5]

USS Needlefish (SS-379) would have been a Balao-class submarine, the first ship of the United States Navy to be named for the needlefish, any of a family of voracious elongate teleost fishes resembling, but not related to, the fresh water gars.

The name Needlefish was assigned to the submarine SS–379 on 23 August 1942, but construction was cancelled on 29 July 1944, before she was laid down. A fictitious USS Needlefish is mentioned in Edward L. Beach's novel Run Silent, Run Deep.


  1. ^ Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922–1946, p. 146
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Bauer, K. Jack; Roberts, Stephen S. (1991). Register of Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1775–1990: Major Combatants. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. pp. 275–280. ISBN 978-0-313-26202-9. 
  3. ^ U.S. Submarines Through 1945 p. 261
  4. ^ a b c U.S. Submarines Through 1945 pp. 305–311
  5. ^ a b c d e f Friedman, Norman (1995). U.S. Submarines Through 1945: An Illustrated Design History. Annapolis, Maryland: United States Naval Institute. pp. 305–311. ISBN 1-55750-263-3.