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USS Swordfish SS 193

USS Swordfish SS 193 at launching ceremony
USS Swordfish SS 193 at launching ceremony, April 1, 1939
at Mare Island Naval Shipyard.

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The USS Swordfish in Vallejo, Ca on August 24, 1939. One month and two days after her commissioning. The building at the center left has a sign on the roof that says: "Standard Oil Company of California" and "VALLEJO" painted on the roof. The submarine was under the command of Lt. Chester C. Smith at the time of this photo.

A Original Associated Press Photo In The Private Collection Of Ric Hedman


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The USS Swordfish in Vallejo, Ca on August 24, 1939. One month and two days after her commissioning. The building at the left has a sign on the roof that says: "Standard Oil Company of California" and "VALLEJO" painted on the roof. The submarine was under the command of Lt. Chester C. Smith at the time of this photo and that may be him on the bridge. Many of the men on deck look to be civilians so some yard work and shake downs were probably still happening.

A Original Associated Press Photo In The Private Collection Of Ric Hedman


USS Swordfish SS 193
USS Swordfish SS 193

USS Swordfish SS 193
USS Swordfish SS 193

USS Swordfish SS 193
USS Swordfish SS 193 during war time equipment upgrades.

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