USS Bowfin Submarine Museum, Hawaii

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USS Bowfin (SS/AGSS-287), a Balao-class submarine, was a boat of the United States Navy named for the Bowfin. Since 1981, she has been open to public tours at the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, next to the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center.

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, Hawaii
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, Hawaii, USA

Launched one year to the day after the events of December 7, 1941, the submarine USS Bowfin, dubbed the "Pearl Harbor Avenger," completed nine successful patrols before eventually arriving at her final, peacetime berth in the waters of Pearl Harbor.

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, Hawaii
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, Hawaii, USA

Like her namesake - a scrappy, mean-looking fish with powerful jaws, sharp teeth, and a voracious appetite - the Bowfin proved to be a formidable underwater adversary, sinking 44 enemy ships during the war. Today, the Bowfin is a National Historic Landmark and museum ship where visitors from all over the world are able to experience what it was like to live and work aboard a World War II-era sub.

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, Hawaii
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, Hawaii, USA

Located within walking distance of the Arizona Memorial, the Bowfin Submarine Museum boasts a 10,000-square-foot interior featuring over 4,000 submarine-related artifacts, from recruiting posters to battle flags, and one-of-a-kind exhibits including a cutaway Poseidon missile with its inner workings on full display.

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, Hawaii
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, Hawaii, USA

Strolling through the park grounds, visitors will discover an authentic Japanese Kaiten, or manned, Torpedo, as well as the intact conning tower and periscope of the USS Parche, a contemporary of the Bowfin's and one of the most decorated World War II-era subs in the Pacific Fleet.

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, Hawaii
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, Hawaii, USA

Every year, thousands pay their respects at the Park's Waterfront Memorial, a fitting tribute to the 52 American submarines lost during the war and the brave servicemen who gave their lives to the Silent Service.

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