Norfolk on January 3, 1961 at 0843 enroute to the Norfolk Naval
Shipyard. At 0957 she arrived and YTB-489 came alongside to maneuver
her into the dry-dock. She was in dry-dock #2 until February 4.
While in dry-dock she got a "new" forward battery. A hole was cut
in the pressure hull over the forward battery so that the old 126 cells
could be hoisted out and the new ones lowered in. At
1805 she was moved from dry-dock to Pier 11 & 12.
Between February 5 and April 9, REDFIN operated in the local area on Type Training and Special Project assignments.
On April 10 at 1210 REDFIN departed Norfolk for operations in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area. She departed op area and moored at Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Florida at 0827 on April 14. She departed Florida for Norfolk on April 16 at 1313 and moored in Norfolk on April 20 at 0830.
REDFIN departed Norfolk on April 24 at 0810 for her assigned operation area. At 1824 on April 26, 1961 a rather large wave hit REDFIN, filling the bridge area with water and Ensign William Henry Wilson, the Officer of the Deck, was washed overboard. The lookouts, having been trained for such emergencies, immediately called “Man Overboard” and started the maneuvers for recovery until the Commanding Officer reached the bridge and assumed control.
REDFIN conducted the search alone until 0139 on April 27 when the salvage ship, USS PRESERVER (ARS-8) joined in the formation to aid in the search. At 0226, USS CARP (SS-338) joined in the formation followed by USS COBBLER (SS-344) at 0510, USS CUBERA (SS-347) at 0525 and USS BASILONE (DD-824) at 0707.
At 2011 on April 27th the search operations were terminated. REDFIN returned to her operation area until April 29 when she departed for Norfolk. She arrived and moored in Norfolk on April 30 at 0913.
Between May 1 and September 20 she operated in the local area. She departed Norfolk on September 21 at 0838 for Bermuda and arrived and moored at 1234 on September 29th starboard side to Tender Pier, U.S. Naval Station, Bermuda, B.W.I. She departed Bermuda on October 2 at 0931 for Norfolk. REDFIN arrived and moored at Norfolk on October 5 at 1601.
REDFIN again operated in the area off Norfolk until November 18 when she departed Norfolk at 0749 and proceeded to the operating area in the vicinity of Argus Island. She then left the operating area and proceeded to U.S. Naval Station, Bermuda and moored at 1039 on November 24, starboard to Berth 3, Tender Pier.
On November 27 at 0835 REDFIN departed Bermuda enroute to Norfolk and moored at D&S piers at 1431 on December 1, 1961. She was in port for the remainder of the year.