USS Ling (SS297) Balao Class Submarine
Built in Philadelphia, the USS Ling, a Balao class submarine, was launched August 15, 1943 and was moved to the
Boston Navy Yard for completion and testing. The Ling was commissioned on June 8, 1945 and ordered to the Pacific.
Enroute, the USS LING (SS-297) patrolled the east coast of the U.S. When she reached the Panama Canal the
war ended and she was sent back to Boston, cleaned, overhauled and put into storage.
In 1960 the Ling was converted to a "school" boat and sent to the Brooklyn Navy Yard where she served as a
training ship for the Naval Reserve until December 1971 when she was struck from the Navy.
Congress transferred control of Ling to the Submarine Memorial Association on June 18,1972 and she was anchored
in Hackensack on January 13,1973, to "perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their
duties while serving their country". Volunteers, organizations and corporations contributed time, money, and services
to restore the Ling. She has been polished for public tours and outfitted with authentic gear that recreates the era of the
World War II battle submarine.
Kaiten Type II Miniature Japanese Submarine
The Kaiten Type II was a 2-person submarine designed for suicide missions against United States Navy ships.
It would be carried to its mission by either a larger submarine, or by a surface warcraft. With a top-speed of 40 knots
submerged, a range of over 12 miles, and carrying almost 2 tons of explosives, the Kaiten was a formidable weapon. Approximately
700 were built, but only 50 were used.