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USS Pollack

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassPorpoise-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-180
BuilderPortsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, United States
Laid Down1 Oct 1935
Launched15 Sep 1936
Commissioned15 Jan 1937
Decommissioned21 Sep 1945
Displacement1372 tons standard; 2029 tons submerged
Length298 feet
Beam25 feet
Draft14 feet
Machinery4 Fairbanks-Morse Model 38D8 diesel engines (1,365hp ea), 1 Fairbanks-Morse Model 7-38A5 aux diesel engine, 4 Elliott electric motors (1,090hp ea), 2 120-cell Gould AMTX33HB batteries, 2 shafts
Bunkerage351,290 liters
Speed19 knots
Crew73
Armament4x533mm forward torpedo tubes, 2x533mm aft torpedo tubes, 16 torpedoes, 1x102mm 50cal deck gun, 2x2x7.62mm machine guns
Submerged Speed8.75 knots

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ww2dbaseSubmarine USS Pollack was commissioned into service in Jan 1937. She had her shakedown cruise in the Caribbean Sea between Jun and Sep 1937. She was assigned to the west coast of the United States in Dec 1937 and remained in that region for the following year as a member of the Submarine Division 13 of the US Navy Scouting Force. In Oct 1939, she was relocated to Pearl Harbor in the US territory of Hawaii. When the Pacific War began in Dec 1941, she was underway from San Francisco, California, United States to Pearl Harbor. Upon arriving at Pearl Harbor two days after the attack, she was immediately dispatched (along with two other submarines, USS Gudgeon and USS Plunger) to Japanese waters; as they arrived off Honshu late on 31 Dec 1941, they became the first American warships in Japanese waters in the Pacific War. On 7 Jan 1942, USS Pollack sank Japanese cargo ship Unkai Maru No. 1 and became the first US Navy Pacific Fleet submarine to achieve a confirmed kill. She embarked on 11 war patrols in the Pacific War between 1941 and 1944 and would earn ten battle stars for her successful war tenure. She spent 1945 as a training submarine at the Submarine School at New London, Connecticut, United States. She was decommissioned before the end of 1945, and would be sold for scrap in 1947.

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USS Pollack Operational Timeline

1 Oct 1935 The keel of submarine Pollack was laid down.
15 Sep 1936 Submarine Pollack was launched, sponsored by Miss Anne Carter Lauman.
15 Jan 1937 USS Pollack was commissioned into service with Lieutenant Clarence E. Aldrich in command.
7 Jun 1937 USS Pollack departed Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, United States, starting her shakedown cruise in the Caribbean Sea.
4 Sep 1937 USS Pollack arrived at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, United States, ending her shakedown cruise in the Caribbean Sea.
29 Nov 1937 USS Pollack departed Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, United States.
19 Dec 1937 USS Pollack arrived at San Diego, California, United States.
13 Jun 1939 Stanley Page Moseley was named the commanding officer of USS Pollack.
28 Oct 1939 USS Pollack arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
9 Dec 1941 USS Pollack arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
13 Dec 1941 USS Pollack departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her first war patrol.
31 Dec 1941 USS Pollack fired two torpedoes at a Japanese destroyer off Honshu, Japan; both torpedoes missed.
3 Jan 1942 USS Pollack fired a torpedo at a Japanese ship off Honshu, Japan; the torpedo missed.
5 Jan 1942 USS Pollack damaged Japanese cargo ship Heijo Maru off Honshu, Japan with three of six torpedoes fired; this was claimed as a sinking.
7 Jan 1942 USS Pollack sank Japanese cargo ship Unkai Maru No. 1 off Japan with one of two torpedoes fired; this was the first confirmed sinking by the Submarine Force of the US Navy Pacific Fleet.
9 Jan 1942 USS Pollack sank Japanese freighter Teian Maru at night off Japan with one or two torpedoes fired. A torpedo was also fired at an escorting destroyer, but that torpedo missed.
21 Jan 1942 USS Pollack arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her first war patrol.
18 Feb 1942 USS Pollack departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her second war patrol.
11 Mar 1942 USS Pollack sank Japanese cargo ship Fukushu Maru between Taiwan and the Japanese home islands with one of ten torpedoes fired.
12 Mar 1942 USS Pollack attacked a Japanese cargo ship between Taiwan and the Japanese home islands with one torpedo; the torpedo missed.
8 Apr 1942 USS Pollack arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her second war patrol.
2 May 1942 USS Pollack departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her third war patrol.
12 May 1942 USS Pollack sank a Japanese patrol vessel with her surface weapons off Japan.
17 May 1942 USS Pollack damaged a small boat with her deck gun off Kyushu, Japan.
20 May 1942 USS Pollack sank two small boats with her deck gun off Kyushu, Japan.
21 May 1942 USS Pollack fired four torpedoes at a Japanese carrier off Kyushu, Japan; all torpedoes missed.
31 May 1942 USS Pollack damaged a small boat with her deck gun off Kyushu, Japan.
16 Jun 1942 USS Pollack arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her third war patrol.
18 Jun 1942 Robie Ellis Palmer was named the commanding officer of USS Pollack.
10 Oct 1942 USS Pollack departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
23 Oct 1942 USS Pollack arrived at Midway Atoll, refueled, and departed for her fourth war patrol in the Truk, Caroline Islands area.
29 Nov 1942 USS Pollack arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her fourth war patrol.
31 Dec 1942 USS Pollack departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her fifth war patrol.
19 Jan 1943 USS Pollack sank a Japanese cargo ship off Honshu, Japan with one of two torpedoes fired.
21 Jan 1943 USS Pollack attacked a Japanese cargo ship off Honshu, Japan with two torpedoes; both torpedoes missed.
10 Feb 1943 USS Pollack arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her fourth war patrol.
6 Mar 1943 USS Pollack departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her sixth war patrol.
20 Mar 1943 USS Pollack damaged a Japanese freighter between Jaluit and Makin Atolls in the Gilbert Islands and Marshall Islands area, hitting her with one of four torpedoes fired.
21 Mar 1943 USS Pollack continued to chase the Japanese freighter she had attacked between Jaluit and Makin Atolls in the Gilbert Islands and Marshall Islands area, further damaging the ship.
4 Apr 1943 USS Pollack damaged a Japanese freighter in the Marshall Islands and Gilbert Islands area with two of two torpedoes fired.
18 Apr 1943 USS Pollack arrived at Midway Atoll, ending her sixth war patrol.
10 May 1943 USS Pollack departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her seventh war patrol.
18 May 1943 USS Pollack sank Japanese ship Terushima Maru in the Marshall Islands with two of three torpedoes fired.
19 May 1943 USS Pollack sank Japanese ship Bangkok Maru in the Gilbert Islands with three of four torpedoes fired.
25 Jun 1943 USS Pollack arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her seventh war patrol.
20 Jul 1943 USS Pollack departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her eighth war patrol.
6 Aug 1943 USS Pollack attacked a Japanese convoy off Kyushu, Japan, damaging one ship with one of six torpedoes fired.
27 Aug 1943 USS Pollack attacked a Japanese convoy off Kyushu, Japan, sinking passenger-cargo ship Taifuku Maru with one of four torpedoes fired. She also fired two torpedoes at an escorting destroyer; both torpedoes missed.
3 Sep 1943 USS Pollack sank Japanese cargo ship Tagonoura Maru off Japan with two of four toropedoes fired.
16 Sep 1943 USS Pollack arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her seventh war patrol.
28 Feb 1944 USS Pollack departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her ninth war patrol.
18 Mar 1944 USS Pollack arrived off Nanpo Islands, Japan.
20 Mar 1944 USS Pollack sank Japanese freighter Hakuyo Maru in the Nanpo Islands area, Japan with one of two torpedoes fired.
25 Mar 1944 USS Pollack sank Japanese Submarine Chaser No. 54 and damaged two freighters in the Nanpo Islands area, Japan; ten torpedoes were expended in this attack.
3 Apr 1944 USS Pollack damaged passenger-cargo ship Tosei Maru in the Nanpo Islands area, Japan, hitting her with two of four torpedoes.
11 Apr 1944 USS Pollack arrived at Midway Atoll, ending her ninth war patrol.
6 May 1944 USS Pollack departed Midway Atoll for her tenth war patrol.
22 May 1944 USS Pollack attacked a Japanese convoy in the Pacific Ocean, sinking destroyer Asanagi and damaging a freighter; ten torpedoes were expended in this tatack.
25 May 1944 USS Pollack fired four torpedoes at a Japanese destroyer in the Pacific Ocean; all torpedoes missed.
7 Jun 1944 USS Pollack arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii, ending her tenth war patrol.
13 Jun 1944 Lieutenant Commander Everett Hartwell Steinmetz was named the commanding officer of USS Pollack.
15 Jul 1944 USS Pollack departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her eleventh war patrol.
1 Aug 1944 USS Pollack served on lifeguard station in support of the air strikes on Woleai, Caroline Islands.
4 Aug 1944 USS Pollack served on lifeguard station off Yap, Caroline Islands in support of air strikes in the region.
5 Aug 1944 USS Pollack again served on lifeguard station off Yap, Caroline Islands in support of air strikes in the region.
9 Aug 1944 USS Pollack attacked a Japanese destroyer with four torpedoes west of the Caroline Islands; all torpedoes missed.
24 Aug 1944 USS Pollack attacked a Japanese freighter with three torpedoes in the Pacific Ocean; all torpedoes missed.
27 Aug 1944 USS Pollack bombarded the Japanese phosphate plant at Fais Island, Caroline Islands.
30 Aug 1944 USS Pollack again bombarded the Japanese phosphate plant at Fais Island, Caroline Islands.
12 Sep 1944 USS Pollack arrived at Brisbane, Australia, ending her eleventh war patrol.
6 Oct 1944 USS Pollack departed Brisbane, Australia for an exercise with HMAS Geelong.
10 Oct 1944 USS Pollack completed the exercise with HMAS Geelong off Brisbane, Australia and sailed for the Hawaii Islands.
18 Nov 1944 USS Pollack arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
20 Nov 1944 William Menefee Wilcox was named the commanding officer of USS Pollack.
25 Jan 1945 USS Pollack departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
24 Feb 1945 USS Pollack arrived at New London, Connecticut, United States.
14 Jun 1945 USS Pollack arrived at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, United States for inactivation.
21 Sep 1945 USS Pollack was decommissioned from service.
11 Oct 1945 Submarine Pollack was struck from the US Naval Register.
28 Nov 1945 Submarine Pollack was restored onto the US Naval Register.
29 Oct 1946 Submarine Pollack was struck from the US Naval Register.
2 Feb 1947 Submarine Pollack was sold to Ship-Shape, Inc. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States for scrap.

Photographs

USS Pollack and USS Plunger at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, United States, circa Apr 1937USS Pollack, circa 1937US Navy officers inspecting USS Permit, New York, United States, circa late 1937; note USS Pollack and USS Plunger flanking USS PermitSubmarine tender USS Holland off US Territory of Alaska with submarines USS Pollack and USS Porpoise, circa late 1930s
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