Today’s “Pic of the Day” features the USS Devilfish being used for target practice by the USS Wahoo on the 14th of August, 1968, off the coast of San Francisco, California.

Devilfish file photo
Here, we see the Devilfish as she appears on the 29th of September, 1944, only four weeks after she was commissioned.  Photo from the Department of the Navy


A Brief History of the USS Devilfish

She was born in the bustling shipyards of Cramp Shipbuilding Company, Philadelphia, her silhouette first appearing on 30 May 1943. Proudly sponsored by Mrs. Frank W. Fenno Jr., this maritime marvel took her oath of the sea on 1 September 1944.

Journey Through Time

The early days saw Devilfish strengthening the backbone of the Fleet Sonar School at Key West until early November 1944. Soon after, the shores of Pearl Harbor welcomed her on 2 December. As 1944’s calendar ran out, the submarine embarked on her initial war journey, taking a brief pause at Saipan for refueling in January 1945.