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USS LING (SS-297)

USS Ling in Hackensack as a museum.
Submarine Memorial Association

Class: Balao Submarine
Launched: August 15, 1943
At: Cramp Shipbuilding Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Commissioned: June 8, 1945

Length: 311 feet, 8 inches
Beam: 27 feet, 2 inches
Draft: 17 feet (surface trim)
Displacement: 1,525 tons (surfaced)
Armament: Ten 21-inch torpedo tubes, one 4-inch/50 caliber gun, two 20mm guns

Address:
Submarine Memorial Association
78 River Street
Hackensack, NJ  07601-7110
(201) 342-3268
Email: njnavalmuseum@yahoo.com
http://www.njnm.org
Latitude: 40.880114, Longitude: -74.039617
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USS Ling is the last of the fleet boats that patrolled American shores during World War II in response to U-Boat attacks off the coast of the United States. Ling made one Atlantic patrol before the war ended. Decommissioned in 1946, Ling became part of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet until reactivation as a submarine training vessel in 1960.

Ling was donated to the Submarine Memorial Association in 1971, arriving at her present home in New Jersey in January 1973. The boat is now displayed in the narrow headwaters of the Hackensack River, and is the official state naval museum for New Jersey. Ling continues in service as a training aid for high school ROTC students. The memorial also includes displays of Polaris, Terrier, and Talos missiles; and three small craft: a Japanese Kaiten, a German Seehund, and a PBR Mark II. Ling conducts youth group overnight encampments.

USS Ling underway.
U.S. Navy Photograph supplied by U.S. Naval Institute

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