USS BONEFISH was the Navy's last conventionally-powered submarine and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name. Heavily damaged by a fire on board on April 24, 1988, the BONEFISH was subsequently decommissioned on September 28, 1988. Stricken from the Navy list on February 28, 1989, the submarine was sold for scrapping on August 17, 1989.
|General Characteristics:||Keel laid: June 3, 1957|
|Launched: November 22, 1958|
|Commissioned: July 9, 1959|
|Decommissioned: September 28, 1988|
|Builder: New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden, NJ.|
|Propulsion system: three Fairbanks-Morse diesel engines, two General Electric motors|
|Length: 219.5 feet (66.9 meters)|
|Beam: 28.9 feet (8.8 meters)|
|Draft: 27.9 feet (8.5 meters)|
|Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 2,570 tons Submerged: approx. 2,895 tons|
|Speed: Surfaced: approx. 15 knots Submerged: approx. 25 knots|
|Armament: six 533 mm torpedo tubes|
|Crew: 8 Officers, 70 Enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS BONEFISH. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS BONEFISH:
|June 12, 1982||Pacific|
USS BONEFISH suffers main engine casualties when all three main engines spaces are flooded while operating on the surface in the Pacific. No personnel injuries occur.
|April 24, 1988||Caribbean|
USS BONEFISH suffers explosions and fire in her battery compartment during operations with the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) and the USS CARR (FFG 52) in the Caribbean, killing three. The BONEFISH surfaces and order is given to abandon ship since the fire is spreading quickly, filling the submarine with dense smoke.
The BONEFISH is later towed into port but as a result of the extensive damage, the submarine is decommissioned in September 1988.
The official cause of the fire was an electrical short across the battery bus ties that eventually caught the insulation on fire.
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