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Career (United States)
Name: USS Nerka
Namesake: The nerka
Builder: Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company, Manitowoc, Wisconsin (proposed)[1]
Laid down: Never
Fate: Construction contract cancelled 29 July 1944
General characteristics
Class and type: Balao class diesel-electric submarine[2]
Displacement: 1,526 long tons (1,550 t) surfaced,[2] 2,414 long tons (2,453 t) submerged[2]
Length: 311 ft 9 in (95.02 m)[2]
Beam: 27 ft 3 in (8.31 m)[2]
Draft: 16 ft 10 in (5.13 m) maximum[2]

4 × General Motors Model 16-248 V16 diesel engines driving electrical generators[2][3]
2 × 126-cell Sargo batteries [4]
4 × high-speed General Electric electric motors with reduction gears [2]
two propellers [2]
5,400 shp (4.0 MW) surfaced[2]

2,740 shp (2.0 MW) submerged[2]
Speed: 20.25 kn (37.50 km/h) surfaced,[4] 8.75 kn (16.20 km/h) submerged[4]
Range: 11,000 nmi (20,000 km) surfaced @ 10 kn (19 km/h)[4]
Endurance: 48 hours @ 2 kn (3.7 km/h) submerged,[4] 75 days on patrol
Test depth: 400 ft (120 m)[4]
Complement: 10 officers, 70–71 enlisted[4]
Armament: 10 × 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes
 (six forward, four aft)
 24 torpedoes [4]
1 × 4-inch (102 mm) / 50 caliber deck gun [4]
Bofors 40 mm and Oerlikon 20 mm cannon

USS Nerka (SS-380), named for the nerka, a lake and river salmon (Oncorhinchus nerka) of the Pacific Northwest, also called blueback, sawqui, red salmon, and redfish, would have been a United States Navy Balao-class submarine. Her construction was authorized during World War II, but cancelled on 29 July 1944.

The name USS Nerka was used for a fictional U.S. Navy submarine in Edward L. Beach's 1955 novel Run Silent, Run Deep.


  1. ^ Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922-1946, p. 146
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Bauer, K. Jack; Roberts, Stephen S. (1991). Register of Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1775-1990: Major Combatants. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. pp. pp. 275-280. ISBN 0-313-26202-0.  
  3. ^ U.S. Submarines Through 1945 pp. 261
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i U.S. Submarines Through 1945 pp. 305-311


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