Allied Warships

Spikefish (SS-404)

Submarine of the Balao class


USS Spikefish as completed.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassBalao 
Pennant404 
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered8 Jun 1942 
Laid down29 Jan 1944 
Launched26 Apr 1944 
Commissioned30 Jun 1944 
End service2 Apr 1963 
History

Spikefish is reported to have made more than 10.000 dives during her career.

Decommissioned 2 April 1963.
Stricken 1 May 1963.
Sunk as a target off Long Island, New York in August 1964.

 

Commands listed for USS Spikefish (404)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Cdr. Nicholas John Nicholas, USN30 Jun 194424 Mar 1945
2Cdr. Robert Raymond Managhan, USN24 Mar 194524 Feb 1946

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Notable events involving Spikefish include:


6 Oct 1944
USS Spikefish (Cdr. N.J. Nicholas, USN) departed the Panama Canal Zone for Pearl Harbour.

23 Oct 1944
USS Spikefish (Cdr. N.J. Nicholas, USN) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

1 Nov 1944
USS Blenny (Cdr. W.H. Hazzard, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Bright (Lt.Cdr. W.A. McMahan, USNR), USS Snyder (Lt.Cdr. E. Moore, USNR) and USS Spikefish (Cdr. N.J. Nicholas, USN).

3 Nov 1944
USS Blenny (Cdr. W.H. Hazzard, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Tills (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Brooks, USNR), USS Hemminger (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Bodler, USNR), USS Viking, USS ATR-26 (Lt. J.H. Kelly, USN), USS Plaice (Cdr. C.B. Stevens, Jr., USN) and USS Spikefish (Cdr. N.J. Nicholas, USN).

6 Nov 1944
USS Blenny (Cdr. W.H. Hazzard, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Tills (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Brooks, USNR) and USS Vammen (Lt.Cdr. L.M. King, Jr., USNR), USS Spikefish (Cdr. N.J. Nicholas, USN) and USS Sea Owl (Cdr. C.L. Bennett, USN).

7 Nov 1944
USS Blenny (Cdr. W.H. Hazzard, USN) conducted exercises off Pearl Harbour together with USS Tills (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Brooks, USNR), USS Harmon (Lt.Cdr. T.U. Weekes, USNR), USS ATR-26 (Lt. J.H. Kelly, USN) and USS Spikefish (Cdr. N.J. Nicholas, USN).

15 Nov 1944
USS Spikefish (Cmdr Nicholas John Nicholas) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol, and was ordered to patrol in the Sea of Okhotsk.

1 Jan 1945
USS Spikefish (Cdr. N.J. Nicholas) ended her 1st war patrol at Midway.

26 Jan 1945
USS Spikefish (Cdr. N.J. Nicholas) departed from Midway for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol of the Ryukyu Islands.

19 Mar 1945
USS Spikefish (Cdr. N.J. Nicholas) ended her 2nd war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

3 May 1945
USS Spikefish (Cmdr Robert R. Manahgan) departed from Guam for her 3rd war patrol, and was ordered to patrol east of Formosa.

13 Jun 1945
USS Spikefish (Cdr. R.R. Managhan) ended her 3rd war patrol at Guam.

8 Jul 1945
USS Spikefish (Cdr. R.R. Managhan) departed from Guam for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the East China and Yellow Seas.

11 Aug 1945
USS Spikefish (Cdr. R.R. Managhan) sank a small Japanese vessel with gunfire in the East China Sea in position 28°37'N, 124°13'E.

14 Aug 1945
USS Spikefish (Cdr. R.R. Managhan) torpedoed and sank the Japanese submarine I-373 (1660 tons, offsite link) some 190 miles southeast of Shanghai, China in position 29°02'N, 123°53'E. This was the last Japanese submarine sunk in WWII. (1)

21 Aug 1945
USS Spikefish (Cdr. R.R. Managhan) ended her 4th war patrol at Saipan.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret


U.S. Submarines Through 1945

Friedman, Norman


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Sources

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