This photograph of Pampanito headed
out under the
Golden Gate Bridge
was taken
by volunteer Bob Taylor in 1995 when the submarine was featured in the film

Down Periscope

The movie was
filmed in the
San Francisco Bay

USS PAMPANITO

The Bouwman Family toured this ship in Seattle when they 1st moved to Seattle
Displacement: 1526 tons surfaced, 2424 tons submerged
Length: 311' 9" - Beam: 27'3" - Draft: 16'10"
PRESSURE HULL 7/8" HIGH TENSILE STEEL
Speed: 23 knots surfaced, 11 knots submerged
Range: Surfaced, 11,000 miles at 10 knots, Diesel
...............Submerged, 95 miles at 5 knots, Electric
...............Patrol Endurance, 75 days
...............Operating Depth, 600 feet
Armament: 1-5"/50 Wet Mount
......................40 mm Anti-Aircraft
......................20 mm Anti-Aircraft
Torpedo Tubes - 6 forward and 4 stern
Torpedoes - 16 forward and 8 stern.
PERISCOPES
DIVING PROCEDURE
SURFACING PROCEDURE
 
Balao Class Submarine:
KEEL LAID DOWN MARCH 15, 1943
at Portsmouth Navy Yard
LAUNCHED JULY 12, 1943
COMMISSIONED SS-383, NOVEMBER 6, 1943
COMPLEMENT 10 OFFICERS, 70 ENLISTED
WAR RECORD 6 PATROLS - PACIFIC
6 SHIPS SUNK, 4 DAMAGED
73 ALLIED POW's RESCUED
DECOMMISSIONED DECEMBER 15, 1945
RECLASSIFIED AGSS-383, DECEMBER 1, 1962
STRICKEN IXSS-383, DECEMBER 20, 1976
TRANSFERRED SFMMA - MAY 20, 1976
Operational Systems and Equipment
Theatrical Release:  03/01/1996  Runtime: 92 mins.
Locations: Los Angeles; San Francisco
Kelsey Grammer; Lt Commander Thomas Dodge
 Lauren Holly; Lt Emily Lake

Oh, what do you do with a misfit Captain? What do you do with a misfit crew? What do you do with a diesel submarine? Beat the Navy?s Atlantic Fleet! (sung to the tune of ?What do you do with a drunken sailor??)

Put together a misfit crew, a Captain with the heart of a pirate, and a WWII diesel submarine, and you have a great comedy.


Kelsey Grammer plays an unconventional US Naval officer, Lt. Commander Thomas Dodge with an unusual tattoo. In fact, the tattoo is the reason he is chosen for a particular mission. Get past the rest of the US Navy?s Atlantic fleet in a series of war games to determine if a renegade diesel submarine captain could launch an attack on the US. If he can make it, Admiral Winslow might give Dodge his own nuclear submarine to command. His opponent is Admiral Yancy Graham played by Bruce Dern. Admiral Graham really dislikes Dodge and has made every effort to stall his career. The Admiral purposely picks a crew of misfits to man the diesel submarine ?The Stingray? in hopes of killing Dodge?s career.

Among the misfit crew are Seaman 1st Class Brad Stepanak (Winslow) - Admiral?s son that has no respect for authority, a hyperactive executive officer Lt. Martin Pascal, Seaman Buckman ? the portly cook, Seaman 2nd Class E.T. "Sonar" Lovacelli ? who talks to whales, Seaman Stanley "Spots" Sylversterson ? who you expect to open a casino on board, Seaman Nitro ? who thinks that "Mike? might be a good nickname, Seaman 1st Class Jefferson 'R.J.' Jackson ? a basketball player that?s just waiting for his hitch in the Navy to be up so he can continue his basketball career, and Lieutenant Emily Lake, who is their Dive Officer on her first assignment.

The USS Stingray is re-commissioned JUST for this mission. She has been sitting in the submarine graveyard for many years. She is rusty, dirty, and needs major repairs to everything. Getting her into fighting condition will be a true test of Dodge?s ability to command.
... 

Dodge is given two ?Hot? torpedoes, with instructions that if he hits the dummy ship in Norfolk Harbor Admiral Winslow will consider giving him a new command. But first, Dodge has to make it past Admiral Graham?s forces into Charleston. He is to signal that he made it with a flare.

Graham, is not one to play by the rules and cuts the containment area in half in hopes that his forces can stop Dodge from reaching his objectives.

Despite the unfair play, Dodge and Crew win the war games, and actually look like a Naval Unit when they return to port. The movie reminds me of McHale?s Navy. The unorthodox methods used by Dodge are effective with a crew that didn?t fit in with the regular Navy. He was able to gain their respect, and mold them into a unified crew.

Be prepared to laugh. The slapstick comedy in this movie is excellent. There is a scene where a crewman blows a BIG Fart at a time when the engines are off and they are running silent. That means that there was no ventilation. The ways that the crew deals with the awful smell are classic comedy.





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