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USS Tunny History

The USS Tunny was the name of two submarines of the U.S.Navy. The first boat was a Gato-class submarine that served with honor beginning in World War II, and underwent several major configuration changes.

The second ship was a 637-class (long hull) nuclear-powered fast attack submarine that circumnavigated the globe while fighting the cold war.

Both boats used the Latin motto, Illegitimi non carborundum, meaning, "Don't let the bastards wear you down".

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  • SS-282 (WWII) History  ( 1 item )

    Articles pertaining to SS-282 (WWII) from 1942 to 1945. Tunny went on 9 successful war patrols and earned two Presidential Unit Commendations and 9 battle stars. She was briefly re-commissioned in 1952 for the Korean War, but saw no service.

  • APSS-282 and LPSS-282 History  ( 2 items )

    Articles that pertain to Tunny's conversion to troop carrier APSS-282 from 1966-1968 until she was designated LPSS-282. She served during the Vietnam war, earning 5 battle stars. Decommissioned in June, 1969, she served her country one last time in June 1970 as a training target.

USS Tunny Association
The USS Tunny Association is an organization of former Tunny crew members. The Association sponsors a reunion every two years.
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