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Warship - USS Wolffish (SS-434) - Submarine

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Name USS Wolffish (SS-434)
Country United States (Details)
Period none
Pennant/Designation SS-434
Type Submarine
Class Balao (Details)
Laid Down 1944
Status Never Completed

History: USS Wolffish (SS-434) was a proposed United States Navy World War II Balao-class submarine. She has been the only U.S. Navy ship named for the wolffish (any of several large marine blennies, with strong teeth and great ferocity), although several U.S. Navy ships have been named for the seawolf, which is another name for the same fish.

Wolffish's construction by the Cramp Shipbuilding Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was authorized but the contract for her construction was cancelled on 29 July 1944.

The Balao class was a successful design of United States Navy submarine used during World War II, and with 120 units completed, the largest class of submarines in the United States Navy. An improvement on the earlier Gato class, the boats had slight internal differences. The most significant improvement was the use of thicker, higher yield strength steel in the pressure hull skins and frames, which increased their test depth to 400 feet (120 m). Tang actually achieved a depth of 612 ft (187 m) during a test dive, and exceeded that test depth when taking on water in the forward torpedo room while evading a destroyer.

The Balaos were similar to the Gatos, except they were modified to increase test depth from 300 ft (90 m) to 400 ft (120 m). In late 1941, two of the Navy’s leading submarine designers, Captain Andrew McKee and Commander Armand Morgan, met to explore increasing diving depth in a redesigned Gato. A switch to a new High-Tensile Steel (HTS) alloy, combined with an increase in hull thickness from 9⁄16 inch (14.3 mm) to 7⁄8 inch (22.2 mm), would result in a test depth of 450 ft (140 m) and a collapse depth of 900 ft (270 m). However, the limited capacity of the trim pump at deep depths, and lack of time to design a new pump, caused Rear Admiral E. L. Cochrane, Chief of the Bureau of Ships, to limit test depth to 400 ft (120 m). Fortunately, in 1944 a redesigned Gould centrifugal pump replaced the noisy early-war pump, and effective diving depth was increased.

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Item created by: Lethe on 2019-04-04 14:10:07. Last edited by gdm on 2020-02-17 09:18:54

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