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USS Archer-Fish by zulumike USS Archer-Fish by zulumike
USS Archer-Fish (SS/AGSS-311) was a Balao-class submarine. Archer-Fish is best known for sinking the Japanese Navy’s Aircraft carrier Shinano in November 1944 — the largest warship ever sunk by a submarine. For this achievement, she received a Presidential Unit Citation after World War II. She also received five battle stars during WW II.

The Silent Service comprised less then 1.6% of all US Naval personnel in the Pacific, yet accounting for more then half of all enemy shipping sunk. The final tallies show that of the 10 million tons of military and merchant shipping lost by the Japanese during WW II, US submarines accounted for a total of 54%.


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templerman Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
I remember seeing a memorial somewhere that was dedicated to the subs and submariners who were still listed as on "Eternal Patrol" with the USN. This is yet another great image.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Groton CT. has nice sub museum and memorial. I visited  it several time while working at Electric Boat. 
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TygerStryke Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
May her memory forever patrol the Pacific. Godspeed, Archer-Fish. Godspeed.
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RepublicofDesire Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Silent Service also rescued downed pilots, supplied guerrilla forces in the Philippines, scouting enemy forces. landing coast watchers and laying mines.
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fishofglass Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
very nice!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.
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SOTF Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's amazing how this one little vessel was able to slip into deep enemy territory (alone, no less) and earn the record of sinking of the largest warship by a sub.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Japanese anti-submarine forces were forced to spread their efforts to defend the entirety of their merchant shipping lanes, not only to resupply their forces, but also to continue the necessary importation of war material to the Japanese home islands.

 Japanese anti-submarine defenses proved less than effective against U.S. submarines. Japanese sub detection gear was not as advanced as that of some other nations. The primary Japanese anti-submarine weapon for most of WWII was the depth charge, and Japanese depth charge attacks by its surface forces initially proved fairly unsuccessful against U.S. fleet submarines
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weaselpatrol Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
read the book "Gallant Lady" a biography of this fine fighting vessel
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zulumike Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, I will definitely check this this book out.
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CountVonZeppelin Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
She still holds that record, and she deserves to. Absolutely beautiful.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They are beautiful yet deadly. The men that crewed these boats yesterday and today are the best of the best.
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uglygosling Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
A beautiful artwork, and a boat that deserves to be well remembered. Unlike so many of her sister subs, Archer-Fish was not sent to the scrappers but was sunk as a target in 1968.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You,
The Submarines were a force to be reckoned with during WW II.
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KaedeX503 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not good with words but I find this beautiful! :D
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zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like it, Thank You.
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jncarter Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely piece Mike
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zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You John, I know you like submarines as I do.

There is something about the beauty of aircraft and subs. As I stated before I had the opportunity to work on the Tridents and 688 class subs. What marvels of engineering they are. The destructions capabilities of submarines are immense as proven in WW II.

Cheers, Mike
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Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The Japanese were never very good at protecting their maritime supply lines. Cargo vessels sailed without escort most of the time.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, they were streched thin on anti-submarine warfare. Cutting off their supply line cut off their war machine. As an island Japan relied on tries for supplies.
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012   Photographer
Great work!
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zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, lucky to find a good model.
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012   Photographer
You're welcome!
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MCPOAlucard Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Steel Boats Iron Men! An exellent rendition of her.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, appreciate it.
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KoKoaLover1 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For those submarines lost and sank during WWII, they will remain on eternal patrol
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zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All volunteers, I agree.
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jazzilady Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, it takes great skills to get water right, and you did it! :iconbugplz:
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zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, it's still a long learning process but the dynamics is a fun challenge.
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jazzilady Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconletylove::iconyourwelcomeplz::iconyourwelcomeplz2::iconyourwelcomeplz3::iconletylove: You're off to a wonderful start, that's for sure! :iconbugplz:
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fORCEMATION Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Artist
Amazing. :)
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zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You Much.
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fORCEMATION Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Artist
Your welcome ^^
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice one Mike,i cant believe that we both did a Submarine :P I will post mine later.
Question were did you get the waves?
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zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank Antonis.

I think we have a lot in common and think alike in many ways.

It is strange because I just finished a Vulcan aircraft prior to you submitting yours to SSW.

Looking forward to your sub scene.

I actually quit a good job to work on submarines. Worked for General Dynamics Electric Boat and was an engineer for shipbuilding of the Trident and 600 Class subs.

Remember a submarine is called a "boat" and not a "ship"

Cheers, Mike
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeap :P

I just post it on DA ,by chance can you send me that background?

Regards
Antonis
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zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I keep all my BG's. These are custom painted by me.
The white caps, colors and breaking waves are done with custom brushes. Too much time on the seascape BG's to give away. I have been working on ship scenes for the last there months as you have been working on 3D.

I combine a sky and ocean together. Go to free wallpapers for 1080HD.

Regards, Mike
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rOEN911 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great work then :)
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zulumike Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.
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