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USS Cusk (SS-348/SSG-348) 

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs USS Cusk (SS-348/SSG-348) 

USS Cusk (SS-348) was launched 28 July 1945 by Electric Boat Co., Groton, Conn.; cosponsored by Mrs. C. S. Gillette, and Mrs. W. G. Reed; and commissioned 5 February 1946, Commander P. E. Summers in command.

Departing New London 24 April 1946, USS Cusk (SS-348) made an extended cruise through the Caribbean Sea, and arrived at San Diego 6 June 1946. She sailed to Alaska and northern waters between 16 July and 20 August, then carried out local operations out of San Diego. A pioneer in the missile field, USS Cusk (SS-348) was designated SSG-348, 20 January 1948 and was the first submarine to launch a guided missile from her own deck, a forerunner of the ballistic missile submarines of the future. USS Cusk (SSG-348) entered Mare Island Naval Shipyard for extensive modernization in 1954, but remained in the missile program because of her special guidance equipment although redesignated SS-348, 1 July 1954.

USS Cusk (SS-348) arrived at Pearl Harbor, her new home port, 13 May 1957. Continuing her missile experiments she operated in Hawaiian waters except for a cruise to San Diego in 1957 and duty in the Far East in 1958 and 1960.