USS Pampanito SS 383 San Francisco Bay

I love submarines so much that I camped out on the USS Pampanito during Labor Day Weekend 1997. The Pampanito is a WW II fleet submarine built in 1943 at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, New Hampshire. Pampanito is a Balao class submarine and made six patrols during WWII. She sank six Japanese ships and damaged four others, with a total of over 27,000 tons of enemy shipping sunk.

Outside Views of the Pampanito

Dive Controls

Crypto Teletype (only one of its kind outside of the National Security Agency!)

Radio Room