SS268 The first USS Puffer

Ships History | Vital Statistics | Unit Awards | The Name Puffer | Launching
WESTPAC 71 | Commanding Officers | Plank Owners | Decommissioning Crew

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The first USS Puffer, SS268, was a World War II fleet type submarine commissioned 27 April 1943. A distinguished fighting record from eight war patrols earned her nine battle stars. She is credited with sinking eight ships totaling over 36,000 tons. Puffer received the Navy Unit Commendation for her World War II service.

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After the war, SS268 served as a Naval Reserve training submarine in Seattle, Washington until 1 July 1960.

Ships History USS PUFFER SS268 and Photos

The Fish Puffer

Most of the time the Puffer looks like an ordinary fish that has a large head and protruding teeth. When disturbed, it inflates its stomach with air to twice its size. The Puffer then floats belly upward on the surface until the danger has passed.

Puffer Heading out of Pearl Harbor