The USS Bowfin
was launched at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on December 7, 1942, and was commissioned there on May 1, 1943. She is a fleet-type submarine of the Balao class. The pressure hull of the USS Bowfin
is reinforced with high tensile steel to enable her to operate at depths in excess of 400 feet. In the conflict with Japan in World War II, the role and importance of the submarine forces of the United States cannot be overestimated. The USS Bowfin
is credited with sinking 16 enemy vessels for a total of 67,882 tons. The USS Bowfin
represents the role of Pearl Harbor in the submarine war against Japan.
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