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USS Requin, Pittsburgh

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USS Requin (SS/SSR/AGSS/IXSS-481) , a Tench-class submarine, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named after the requin, French for shark. Since 1990 it has been a museum ship at The Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Her keel was laid down on 24 August 1944 by the Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine. She was launched on 1 January 1945 sponsored by Mrs. Slade D. Cutter, and commissioned on 28 April 1945 with Commander Slade D. Cutter in command.

Initially, Requin carried heavier armament than usual for a fleet submarine, perhaps because Commander Cutter was one of the most decorated submarine skippers going to sea. She had an additional five-inch/25-caliber deck gun, as well as two 24-tube five-inch (127 mm) rocket launchers, which were intended to be used to provide offshore bombardment during Operation Downfall, the planned invasion of Kyūshū and Honshū.
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  • Fascinating. Free with entry to the museum, or at least for reciprocal museum members. Cool submarine. Not for those who may not like tight spaces. 
    Fascinating. Free with entry to the museum, or at least for reciprocal museum members. Cool submarine. Not for those who may not like tight spaces.  more »
  • I for some reason thought this was a stand alone piece but you have to book a tour through the museum and it was almost fully booked (we were there midday on a Friday) and we were to have to wait 2... 
    I for some reason thought this was a stand alone piece but you have to book a tour through the museum and it was almost fully booked (we were there midday on a Friday) and we were to have to wait 2...  more »
  • The submarine had opened up just days before our arrival in Pittsburg. Due to restrictions, you had to reserve tickets when you arrived at the Science center for a 20 min time slot. We were late... 
    The submarine had opened up just days before our arrival in Pittsburg. Due to restrictions, you had to reserve tickets when you arrived at the Science center for a 20 min time slot. We were late...  more »
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  • it's a cool little tour... only takes about 5min to walk thru, but they give you 20min to look around. the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable, and they answered all of the many questions my wife and I had
  • Tons of fun. We ended up in the back of the tour so we got to ask lots of questions. Patrick, the tour guide, was fantastic in answering all of our many questions. He definitely deserves a raise!!!
  • Great museum ship. Wish the tour was longer but it's great to see a piece of history preserved.
  • This is a really cool experience. To be able to tour a real retired military submarine is awesome.
  • Worth the visit. Really cool to check out. Employees had a bunch of knowledge and answered all the random questionsi asked. Be on the lookout for the hidden ducks a long the way!

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