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USS Requin (SS 481)


Come aboard the USS Requin (SS 481) to learn how 80 to 100 men used their expertise, humor, and sheer ingenuity to carve out a rough and adventurous life during Requin’s lengthy defense and scientific missions – many of which are still classified to this day.  State-of-the-art and battle ready when she set out just days before the end of World War II, USS Requin holds the distinction of being the U.S. Navy’s first radar picket submarine.

Your students will learn how torpedoes were launched, see how the sailors slept, ate, and spent their free time, view the inside of the massive diesel engines, and much more.

When You Arrive

  • USS Requin requires full mobility; there are stairs to enter and exit, and seven 3’ tall, 18” wide hatches to go through as you tour the submarine.  There was no height limitation to serve on a submarine – Requin’s first captain was 6’4” tall!
  • Be aware that it can become crowded on the submarine – compartments are small and quarters are tight in some areas.  Think of it as experiencing the submarine just like the sailors did with all of their crewmates.
  • Remember that USS Requin is over 70 years old.  To keep our submarine looking our best for many years to come, we as that students please do not turn switches, pull levers, or otherwise “operate” equipment.
  • Make sure to bring your jacket in cold weather.  Please note that USS Requin closes for maintenance in the winter.

Want To Learn More?

Here are some trusted web resources that go deeper into the topics covered in USS Requin.

How Submarines Work

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