Today in Submarine Force History March 24, 2011
Today in Submarine Force History by Submarine Force Museum and USS Nautilus on Thursday, March 24, 2011
24 March 1945-USS LANCETFISH (SS-296) was decommissioned after serving the shortest-ever term as a commissioned naval vessel---just 41 days. LANCETFISH was built by the Cramp Shipbuilding Company of
There, on 15 March 1945, a shipyard worker opened the breech (interior) door of the #10 torpedo tube, not
LANCETFISH had been a commissioned submarine for less than 1,000 hours and had never put to sea under her own power; she never even had a crew. She was assigned, still uncompleted, to the reserve fleet, where she was kept in mothballs until she was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 9 June 1958. On 20 August 1959, the subwas sold for scrap to the Yale Waste Company of Boston, MA, which paid just over $57,000 to finally end the saga of the ill-fated LANCETFISH.