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SubVet49
Posted 2010-07-09 12:50 AM (#38404)



Subject: Submarine History

For you submarine history buffs, I have compiled a series of questions spanning the very early timeframe, pre World War II and the Cold War eras for submarines. I have posted some of this information on other boards and have received many responses. I have most of the answers to these questions, but there are several I need to complete. If you want to post your responses, I will in a couple of weeks give the correct answers for the questions posted. I prefer to do this in several stages, three sections to be exact as the posts can get very long.

For clarification purposes, when referring to the following questions the definition of “service” during specific timeframes, eg Pre Word War II (pre wartime, prior to Dec ‘41), World War II (wartime, Dec ’41 to Aug ‘45), Post World War II (post wartime, after Aug ‘45) means that the submarine served during a period and individual service could be for more than one period. Additionally, “service” is defined as the time from first commissioning date to final Naval Vessel Register strike date, or loss, as applicable. Thus, submarines that are in current service are not included.

The following is the initial set of questions, General Information. Hope you enjoy .....

General Information:

What was the world’s first submarine?


What was the world’s first practical submarine?


What was the first military submarine?


What was the first submarine used in combat?


What was the US Navy’s’ first submarine?


What was the US Navy’s second submarine?


What was the US Navy’s first commissioned submarine?


What US Navy submarine has the record for the most dives and surfaces?


What US Navy submarine has the most decorated crew for one specific action?


What is the most decorated US Navy submarine and vessel in US Naval history?


What US Navy submarine hull has more than one name?


How many US Navy submarines were built with the same name, four hulls? What names?


How many US Navy submarines were built with the same name, three hulls? What names?


What is the name of the engine powered submarine (warship) with the longest service duration? How long?


What is the name of the engine powered submarine (non-warship) with the longest service duration? How long?


What is the name of the engine powered submarine with the shortest (casualty) service duration? How long?


What is the name of the engine powered submarine with the shortest (non-casualty) service duration? How long?


What is the name of the nuclear powered submarine (warship) with the longest service duration? How long?


What is the name of the nuclear powered submarine (non-warship) with the longest service duration? How long?


What is the name of the nuclear powered submarine with the shortest (casualty) service duration? How long?


What is the name of the nuclear powered submarine with the shortest (non-casualty) service duration? How long?





SubVet49
Posted 2010-07-23 11:49 PM (#38864 - in reply to #38404)



Subject: RE: Submarine History

The following are the answers to the General Information questions.

General information:

What was the world’s first submarine?

No known name 1620 Designer: Cornelius Drebbel England Royal Navy

What was the world’s first practical submarine?

Nautilus 1800 Designer: Robert Fulton France Marine Ministry

What was the first military submarine?

Turtle 1775 Designer: David Bushnell Revolutionary War

What was the first submarine used in combat?

Hunley 1863 Designer: Horace Hunley Civil War

What was the US Navy’s’ first submarine?

Alligator 1862 Designer: Brutus DeVilleroi Civil War

What was the US Navy’s second submarine?

Whale 1863 Designer: Scovel Merriam Civil War

What was the US Navy’s first commissioned submarine?

USS Holland SS-1 Oct 1900 to Nov 1910

What US Navy submarine has the record for the most dives and surfaces?

USS Piper SS-409 Aug ’44 to Jul ’70 13,274 dives and surfaces

What US Navy submarine has the most decorated crew for one specific action?

USS Trout SS-202 2nd patrol, Jan ’42 Awarded Army Silver Star

What is the most decorated US Navy submarine and vessel in US Naval history?

USS Parche SSN-683 9 PUC, 10 NUC, 13 NBE 31 total


What US Navy submarine hull has more than one name?

Name Name Hull #

USS Plunger A-1 SS-2
USS Adder A-2 SS-3
USS Grampus A-3 SS-4
USS Moccasin A-4 SS-5
USS Pike A-5 SS-6
USS Porpoise A-6 SS-7
USS Shark A-7 SS-8

USS Viper B-1 SS-10
USS Cuttlefish B-2 SS-11
USS Tarantula B-3 SS-12

USS Octopus C-1 SS-9
USS Stingray C-2 SS-13
USS Tarpon C-3 SS-14
USS Bonita C-4 SS-15
USS Snapper C-5 SS-16

USS Narwhal D-1 SS-17
USS Grayling D-2 SS-18
USS Salmon D-3 SS-19

USS Skipjack E-1 SS-24
USS Sturgeon E-2 SS-25

USS Carp F-1 SS-20
USS Barracuda F-2 SS-21
USS Pickerel F-3 SS-22
USS Skate F-4 SS-23

USS Seal G-1 SS-19.5
USS Tuna G-2 SS-27
USS Turbot G-3 SS-31
USS Thrasher G-4 SS-26

USS Seawolf H-1 SS-28
USS Nautilus H-2 SS-29
USS Garfish H-3 SS-30

USS Haddock K-1 SS-32
USS Cachalot K-2 SS-33
USS Orca K-3 SS-34
USS Walrus K-4 SS-35

USS Schley T-2 SS-52

USS Barracuda V-1 SS-163
USS Bass V-2 SS-164
USS Bonita V-3 SS-165
USS Argonaut V-4 SS-166
USS Narwhal V-5 SS-167
USS Nautilus V-6 SS-168
USS Dolphin V-7 SS-169
USS Cachalot V-8 SS-170
USS Cuttlefish V-9 SS-171

USS Squalus Sailfish SS-192

USS Piper Awa SS-409

USS Trembler Quillback SS-424

USS Redfish William H. Bates SSN-680

USS Corpus Christi City of Corpus Christi SSN-705

USS Rhode Island Henry M. Jackson SSBN-730

How many US Navy submarines were built with the same name, four hulls? What names? 2 total

USS Seawolf SS-28, SS-137, SSN-575, SSN-21
USS Shark SS-8, SS-174, SS-314, SS-591

How many US Navy submarines were built with the same name, three hulls? What names? 13 total

USS Barracuda SS-21, SS-163, SS-550
USS Bonita SS-15, SS-165, SS-552
USS Grampus SS-4, SS-207, SS-523
USS Grayling SS-18, SS-209, SS-492 (cancelled), SSN-646
USS Haddock SS-32, SS231, SSN-621
USS Narwhal SS-17, SS-167, SSN-671
USS Nautilus SS-29, SS-73 (civilian), SS-168, SSN-571
USS Pickerel SS-22, SS-177, SS-524
USS Plunger SS-2, SS-176, SSN-595
USS Salmon SS-19, SS-182, SS-573
USS Skate SS-23, SS-305, SSN-578
USS Skipjack SS-24, SS-184, SSN-589
USS Sturgeon SS-25, SS-187, SSN-637

What is the name of the engine powered submarine (warship) with the longest service duration?

USS Darter SS-576 Oct ’56 to Dec ’89 33 years, 02 months

What is the name of the engine powered submarine (non-warship) with the longest service duration?

USS Dolphin SS-555 Aug ’68 to Jan ’07 38 years, 05 months

What is the name of the engine powered submarine with the shortest (casualty) service duration?

USS Lancetfish SS-296 Feb ’45 to Mar ’45 00 years, 01 month

What is the name of the engine powered submarine with the shortest (non-casualty) service duration?

USS Macabi SS-375 Mar ’45 to Jun ‘46 01 years, 03 months

What is the name of the nuclear powered submarine (warship) with the longest service duration?

USS Kamehameha SSBN-642 Dec ’65 to Apr ’02 36 years, 04 months

What is the name of the nuclear powered submarine (non-warship) with the longest service duration?

NR1 NR1 Jan ’69 to Nov ’09 40 years, 10 months

What is the name of the nuclear powered submarine with the shortest (casualty) service duration?

USS Thresher SSN-593 Aug ’61 to Apr ’63 01 years, 08 months

What is the name of the nuclear powered submarine with the shortest (non-casualty) service duration?

USS Triton SSN-586 Nov ’59 to May ’69 09 years, 6 months
sharkey
Posted 2013-05-22 2:10 PM (#63963 - in reply to #38404)


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Subject: RE: Submarine History

Wow! That's a lot of remote but detailed history. I have a question about the Dolphin, 555. Since one of her first assignments was to fire torpedoes at extreme depth to ensure that it could be done and that they would work, doesn't that make the Dolphin a warship? I realize that, later, her Torpedo Tube was removed, after the questions were answered in the affirmative, so they could build a huge spherical bow which was used to develop sonar systems. Still, she did fire some torpedoes.
SubVet49
Posted 2013-05-23 4:18 PM (#63983 - in reply to #38404)



Subject: RE: Submarine History

Doug - Interesting question. Although the Dolphin was designed as a deep-diving, research and development platform, it did indeed launch a torpedo at the deepest depth that one has ever been fired (US limited). My personal opinion is that the Dolphin did launch torpedoes, but in actuality did not have the weapons fire control capability that a "normal" warship would have installed. Her specialized instrumentation was for research and development for deep dive testing and was limited by this function. But, others may have a different opinion.
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