The U.S. submarine Hake (SS-256), built by Electric Boat Company, Groton, Connecticut, was launched on 17 July 1942 and commissioned on 30 October 1942 with Lieutenant Commander J.C. Broach in command.
Following commissioning and a shakedown cruise, the Hake took part in two war patrols in the North Atlantic in early 1943. The Hake then was reassigned to the Pacific Fleet, and departed Pearl Harbor for her third war patrol on 27 December 1943, The Hake sunk a transport vessel headed for Japan on 12 January 1944, and on 26 January, attacked another tanker, but suffered considerable damage as a result of subsequent depth charge attacks. On 1 February, the Hake discovered a five-ship convoy which included two escorts. The Hake sunk two of three targets, and escaped unscathed in the confusion.
The Hake sunk an unescorted tanker in the South China Sea, on 27 March 1944, and damaged several more ships on 1 April, before ending her fourth war patrol.