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At random: Traditionally, United States submarines have been named after fish and other marine creatures. One exception was the Navy's first submarine HOLLAND which was named after its inventor, John Philip Holland. Today, ballistic missile submarines are named for famous American patriots, with the newest class, the OHIO class, named after states. The LOS ANGELES class of attack submarines are named for United States cities. The nations news class of submarine, the Virginia class, is also named for US States, making them the capital ships of the navy.

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Posted 2010-02-03 2:26 PM (#34675)
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Subject: USS WAHOO SS-238

My name is Bob Johnson, RMC(SS) USN Retired. Before I retired I previously served as an Instructor at the Naval Submarine School Advanced Operations Department. During that time I was privileged to work in my off hours as a volunteer at the Submarine Museum and Library that at the time I believe was located in Morton Hall. When I had time I delved into the loss of USS Wahoo (SS-238) and decided when I had the time I'd research her loss. Since I've retired for good, I started working on a CAD/CAE profile rendering of USS Wahoo (SS-238) for donation to the Submarine Museum and Library in Groton Ct and the Bowfin Memorial. I've been researching all of the available on-line photos of the Wahoo to make the drawing as accurate as possible. I've developed a preliminary rendering of her in her Patrol 7 configuration that illustrates her with three 20MM Orelikon deck guns. What I've discovered during my research is that she was configured with a 4-inch 50 sometime around her 4th Patrol. I've been trying to find are accurate drawings of the 4-inch deck gun on the internet but have only come up with photos that fail to provide the detail, particularly the breach block mechanisim, that I need for an accurate rendering. I would greatly appreciate it if anyone here can steer me in the right direction to obtain the drawings I need.
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