Flying fish are of the family Exocoetidae. They’ve been a popular fish with naval forces since the time of Ancient Greece. The “Exocet” guided missile is named after the family, and the United States Navy has had three separate ships named USS Flying Fish.
The first USS Flying Fish was a schooner, which was purchased in 1838, and sold in 1842. It was used on one of the first major expeditions to explore the boundaries of Antarctica, and literally went all over the world.
In World War II, the USS Flying Fish was a Gato-class submarine actively used throughout the war, from the Battle of Midway to July 4, 1945. It sunk primarily Japanese cargo ships, and received 12 stars for battle during the war.
The most recent USS Flying Fish was a Sturgeon-class attack submarine commissioned in 1976 and struck in 1996. She was a short-hull Sturgeon and patrolled the East coast for the most part.