The U.S.S Pampanito Highlights

The USS Pampanito (SS-383) is a World War II Balao class Fleet submarine museum and memorial. Pampanito made six patrols in the Pacific during WWII, sinking six Imperial Japanese ships and damaging four others. Operated by the Maritime Park Association, Pampanito hosts over 100,000 visitors a year and is one of the most popular historic vessels in the country. Pampanito is currently being restored to her former glory. She first debuted in summer 1945 as a symbol of WWII submarine development. The Maritime Park Association scoured the country for missing equipment and spare parts, succeeding in replacing almost all the missing items and restoring the submarine to its former operational glory.

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Pampanito in Battle

In total, she sank six Japanese ships and damaged four others during WWII. That's more than 27,000 tons of enemy vessels sunk.

Pampanito the National Treasure

In 1986, Pampanito was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and declared to be a National Historic Landmark.

Pampanito's Working Parts

The Pampanito still has many of her original working parts, including one torpedo tube, the periscope, engines, galley . . and an ice-cream maker.

Pampanito on the Silver Screen

The Pampanito appeared in the 1995 military comedy film Down Periscope as the USS Stingray.