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USS Requin, Pittsburgh

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USS Requin (SS/SSR/AGSS/IXSS-481) , a Tench-class submarine, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named after the requin, French for shark. Since 1990 it has been a museum ship at The Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Her keel was laid down on 24 August 1944 by the Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine. She was launched on 1 January 1945 sponsored by Mrs. Slade D. Cutter, and commissioned on 28 April 1945 with Commander Slade D. Cutter in command.

Initially, Requin carried heavier armament than usual for a fleet submarine, perhaps because Commander Cutter was one of the most decorated submarine skippers going to sea. She had an additional five-inch/25-caliber deck gun, as well as two 24-tube five-inch (127 mm) rocket launchers, which were intended to be used to provide offshore bombardment during Operation Downfall, the planned invasion of Kyūshū and Honshū.

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  • The submarine had opened up just days before our arrival in Pittsburg. Due to restrictions, you had to reserve tickets when you arrived at the Science center for a 20 min time slot. We were late...  more »
  • Took friends from Paris to see the sub (3 boys). Everyone loved the tour of the sub and the science center in general.  more »
  • A very cool historic sub. You get to see the inside of WWII diesel/electric submarine. Learn how 80 men lived out at sea and what jobs they had.
  • This 1940s submarine is truly magnificent! You can feel the claustrophobia the crew once felt inside the submarine, but there is air conditioning inside. Clothes of the crew appear to be left behind. It gives you the eerie feeling of the souls inside the submarine. Also, based on the pictures, the submarine is in excellent condition. There is even a freaking 21.5ft torpedo still positioned at the bow of the submarine! Please check the submarine out! It is included with the general admission tickets! Bon voyage!
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