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11-10-2007, 21:30
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Photo of 3 NJ divers on the USS Ling Submarine... (http://www.imageposter.com/uploads/get/80098)

After looking at the picture, keep in mind the following....
1) we are three NJ divers
2) we are on the USS Ling

For those of you who don't know about the USS Ling:

The USS Ling was a Balao-class (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balao_class_submarine) submarine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Submarine) of the United States Navy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Navy), named for the ling fish, also known as the cobia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobia). Ling was the last of the fleet boats that patrolled American shores during World War II (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II) in response to attacks off the coast of the United States. Ling was laid down 2 November (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/November_2) 1942 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1942) by the Cramp Shipbuilding Company (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cramp_Shipbuilding_Company) in Philadelphia, Penn. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia%2C_Pennsylvania) She was launched (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_naming_and_launching) 15 August (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_15) 1943 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1943), sponsored by Mrs. E. J. Foy; and was moved to the Boston Navy Yard (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Navy_Yard) for completion and testing. Ling was commissioned (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_commissioning) on 8 June (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_8) 1945 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1945), with Commander George G. Malumphy in command.
After shakedown (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakedown_%28testing%29) and further installations, Ling headed out to sea to test her equipment 15 September (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_15) 1945 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1945). The submarine was based at the Naval Submarine Base in New London (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_Submarine_Base_New_London) in until she sailed 11 February (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/February_11) 1946 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1946) for the Panama Canal Zone (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama_Canal_Zone), arriving eight days later. On 9 March (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_9) when she sailed north. She completed inactivation 23 October (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_23) at New London, decommissioned 26 October (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_26) 1946 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1946), and entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_Reserve_Fleet).
In March 1960, Ling was towed to New York (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York), where she was converted into a training ship at the Brooklyn Navy Yard (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooklyn_Navy_Yard), simulating all aspects of submarine operations. She was reclassified an Auxiliary Submarine (AGSS-297) in 1962.
Ling was reclassified a Miscellaneous Unclassified Submarine (IXSS-297), and struck from the Naval Register (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_Register), 1 December (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/December_1) 1971 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1971), and six months later the old 297 was donated to the Submarine Memorial Association (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Submarine_Memorial_Association&action=edit), a non-profit organization formed in 1972 with the purpose of saving Ling from the scrap yard. They petitioned the Navy to bring the boat to Hackensack, New Jersey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackensack%2C_New_Jersey) to serve as a memorial "...to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country". Many citizens and corporations contributed time, professional services, and funds toward the restoration of Ling. She arrived at her present home in New Jersey in January 1973, where she has been restored to near-mint condition—scrubbed, painted, and polished for public tours—through the efforts of the association. The compartments have been refurbished and outfitted with authentic gear that recreates the bygone era of the World War II (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II) battle submarine. She is now the centerpiece of the New Jersey Naval Museum (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Jersey_Naval_Museum) at 78 River St, Hackensack, New Jersey.
X-rays (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-ray) showed that the submarine's five safes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safe) contain documents and metallic objects, but the combinations had long been lost. On 27 January (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/January_27) 2006 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006), Jeff Sitar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Sitar), the seven-time world champion locksmith (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locksmith), opened the safes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safe-cracking) using only his fingers and an electronic sound amplifier, rather than drills (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drill) or explosives (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Explosive). In the safes, he found a wide variety of objects, including a dozen pennies (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penny), two 45-caliber bullets (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullet), a ring of keys, many training and maintenance manuals and parts catalogues from the 1940s and 1950s, and two one-quart cans of 190-ethanol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethanol). (Despite the inevitable jokes that it was the private stash of the yeoman, the alcohol would have been used for cleaning electrical contacts.)
Ling received one battle star (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_star) for World War II (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II) service.
Since 1972, the New Jersey Naval Museum had paid one dollar per year to rent its riverside site for the Ling. In January 2007, the North Jersey Media Group (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Jersey_Media_Group), owner of the site, informed the museum that the site was going to be sold for redevelopment within the year and that the museum and submarine would need to be relocated. Efforts are being made to find an alternate site to host the Ling.

LI Diver
11-26-2007, 16:48
Wow very informative! However being built in the northeast I can't help but wonder if they actually were thinking of the Lingcod that are found in our waters and called Ling for short? It is true that the Cobia is also called Ling or even Lemonfish but they usually have a more southerly stompin ground.

11-27-2007, 09:43
Thanks for the info. Your post brought back memories.
A few years after The Ling arrived at it Hackensack berth, I went on one of the tours of the sub, offered by the museum. I was amazed at how tight the confines of the sub were. It was not a place that I would feel comfortable in for any asppreciable stretch of time. The tour served to increase my already high regard/admiration for the people who served on those boats.

Please keep us updated on the efforts to find a new sit fro the Ling.

11-27-2007, 10:07
Very cool pic and great background info on the ship. Thanks posting both. Can the sub be moved to Camden where the U.S.S New Jersey is berthed?