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USS Billfish (SS-286)

Summary
, a Balao-class submarine, was the first ship of the United States Navy to bear the generic name for any fish, such as gar or marlin, with bill-shaped jaws. During World War II, Billfish made eight war patrols between 12 August 1943 and 27 August 1945 . During these patrols she sank three Japanese cargo ships totaling 4,074 gross register tons and five smaller craft. She spent part of her seventh and eighth war patrols on lifeguard duty off Japan during Allied airstrikes. Construction and commissioning Billfish was ordered on 15 December 1941. Her keel was laid down at Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine, on 23 July 1942. She was launched on 12 November 1942, sponsored by Mrs. Lewis Parks (wife of Lieutenant Commander Lewis Parks), and commissioned on 20 April 1943 with Lieutenant Commander Frederic C. Lucas, Jr., in command. Service history World War II April–August 1943 After her commissioning, Billfish began shakedown training off the
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