USS Jack (SS-259)

USS Jack (SS-259)

For other ships of the same name, see USS Jack.

USS Jack (SS-259), a Gato-class submarine, was the first ship of the United States Navy to be named for the jack (any of various fishes—young pike, green pike or pickerel, or large California rockfish).

Her keel was laid down by the Electric Boat Company, Groton, Connecticut 2 February 1942. She was launched 16 October 1942 (sponsored by Mrs. Frances Seely) and commissioned at New London, CT, 6 January 1943, Commander T. M. "Tommy" Dykers (Class of 1927) in command.

Jack's operations during the Pacific War are chronicled in Silent Running: My Years on a World War II Attack Submarine.

Read more about USS Jack (SS-259):  First and Second War Patrols, June – October 1943, Third War Patrol, January – March 1944, Fourth and Fifth War Patrols, April – July 1944, Sixth and Seventh War Patrols, August – December 1944, Eighth and Ninth War Patrols, April – August 1945, HHMS Amfitriti (S-17)