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USS Cod

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassGato-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-224
BuilderElectric Boat Company
Laid Down21 Jul 1942
Launched21 Mar 1943
Commissioned21 Jun 1943
Decommissioned22 Jun 1946
Displacement1549 tons standard; 2463 tons submerged
Length312 feet
Beam27 feet
Draft17 feet
MachineryFour General Motors Model 16-248 V16 diesel engines rated at 5,400shp total, two 126-cell Sargo batteries, four General Electric electric motors with reduction gear rated at 2,740shp total, two shafts
Speed21 knots
Range11,000nm at 10 knots on the surface; 48 hours at 2 knots submerged
Crew60
Armament6x533mm forward torpedo tubes, 4x533mm aft torpedo tubes, 24 torpedoes, 1x102mm 50 caliber deck gun
Submerged Speed9 knots
Recommission1951
Final Decommission1954

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ww2dbaseUSS Cod was commissioned into service during WW2. She departed from Brisbane, Australia for her first war patrol in the South China Sea under the command of Lieutenant Commander James C. Dempsey. A month later, on 29 Nov 1943, she attacked Japanese merchant ships, but was not able to observe the results. Between 16 Dec 1943 and 11 Jan 1944, she underwent a refit at Fremantle, Australia. During her second war patrol, she patrolled the South China Sea, off Java, and off Halmahera. On 16 Feb 1944, she sunk a sampan by surface gunfire. On 23, 27, and 29 Feb, she attacked Japanese merchant ships, all by torpedo; the first two attacks resulted in sinkings. On 13 Mar, she arrived at Fremantle to end her second war patrol. During her third war patrol on 10 May, she sank the destroyer Karukaya and a cargo ship by torpedo and then survived a heavy barrage of depth charges. On 3 Jul, she departed Fremantle, Australia for her fourth war patrol, this time under a new commanding officer, Commander James Adkins. Her fourth war patrol yielded one merchant ship and one landing craft destroyed. She returned to Fremantle on 25 Aug. She departed Fremantle for her fifth war patrol on 18 Sep and encountered a cargo ship on 5 Oct, which she proceeded to sink. On 7 Oct, she damaged but did not sink a tanker. On 25 Oct, she came across a Japanese convoy and launched all her remaining torpedoes to attack, but none of them hit their targets; she shadowed the convoy for another day to report its movements to other submarines before returning to her home port. In Nov 1944, she served in lifeguard station duties off Luzon in the Philippine Islands. She arrived at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, United States on 20 Nov and went on to the continental United States for an overhaul, returning to Pearl Harbor on 7 Mar 1945. She departed Pearl Harbor for her sixth war patrol on 24 Mar; her primary mission was to serve on lifeguard station in the East China Sea, but on 17 Apr she encountered a tug towing another craft, sank them both, and rescued 3 of their survivors. On 24 Apr, she attempted to attack a convoy unsuccessfully and was subjected to a heavy depth charge barrage. On 26 Apr, a fire broke out in the aft torpedo room, but it was extinguished before it caused serious damage. During the process, a torpedo had to be manually launched, during which two sailors were washed overboard; one of them, Seaman 1st Class A. G. Johnson, drowned while the second, Quartermaster 2nd Class L. E. Foley, was rescued from the sea later that night. She was refitted at Guam, Mariana Islands between 29 May and 26 Jun 1945. On her seventh war patrol under the command of Lieutenant Commander Edwin M. Westbrooke, Jr., during which she rescued the crew of a grounded Dutch submarine and sank several small Japanese ships that were attempting to supply the Japanese garrison at Singapore. After returning to Fremantle on 13 Aug, the crew of O-19 threw a party for their rescuers on the following day, during which the two crews learned the news of the Japanese surrender; the crew of USS Cod decided to add the symbol of a martini glass with the name O-19 on the submarine's battle flag to memorialize the party during which the Japanese surrendered. During her WW2 tenure, she sank more than 12 vessels totaling more than 37,000 tons.

ww2dbaseOn 31 Aug 1945, USS Cod departed Australia for the United States, arrived at New London, Connecticut, United States after a stop at Miami, Florida, United States. After preparation at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, she was placed in reserve on 22 Jun 1946. In 1951, she was recommissioned for the Cold War, during which she visited St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada; Cuba; and various ports in South America. During the 1952 LANTFLEX exercise, she was credited with a carrier kill during this mock battle. She was decommissioned for the second time in 1954. In 1959, she was towed through the newly opened St. Lawrence Seaway to serve as a naval reserve training vessel based in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. On 1 Dec 1962, she was reclassified as an auxiliary submarine and received the new hull number of AGSS-224. On 30 Jun 1971, she was reclassified once again, and now known as IXSS-224. She was struck from the United States Navy list on 15 Dec 1971. On 25 Jan 1976, she was turned over to the Cleveland Coordinating Committee to Save Cod, Inc. which had the mission of reserving the submarine as a museum ship. She was opened for public tours in May 1976. In 1986, the United States Department of the Interior declared the submarine a National Historic Landmark. She remains in Cleveland today as a museum ship.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

Submarine USS Cod (SS-224) Interactive Map

USS Cod Operational Timeline

21 Jul 1942 The keel for the future USS Cod was laid down.
21 Mar 1943 The submarine Cod was launched, sponsored by Mrs. G. M. Mahoney.
21 Jun 1943 USS Cod was commissioned into service.
2 Oct 1943 USS Cod arrived at Brisbane, Australia.
22 Oct 1943 USS Cod arrived departed Brisbane, Australia on her first war patrol.
29 Nov 1943 USS Cod attacked Japanese merchant ships but was not able to observe the results.
16 Dec 1943 USS Cod arrived at Fremantle, Australia for refit, ending her first war patrol.
11 Jan 1944 USS Cod completed her refit at Fremantle, Australia.
16 Feb 1944 USS Cod sank a sampan by surface gunfire.
23 Feb 1944 USS Cod sank a Japanese merchant ship by torpedo.
27 Feb 1944 USS Cod sank a Japanese merchant ship by torpedo.
29 Feb 1944 USS Cod attacked a Japanese merchant ship by torpedo.
13 Mar 1944 USS Cod arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her second war patrol.
6 Apr 1944 USS Cod departed Fremantle, Australia for her third war patrol.
10 May 1944 USS Cod sank Japanese destroyer Karukaya and a cargo ship by torpedoes and survived a heavy depth charge barrage.
1 Jun 1944 USS Cod arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her third war patrol.
3 Jul 1944 USS Cod departed Fremantle, Australia for her fourth war patrol.
3 Aug 1944 USS Cod sank a Japanese merchant ship.
14 Aug 1944 USS Cod sank Japanese landing ship No. 129 in the Banda Sea.
25 Aug 1944 USS Cod arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her fourth war patrol.
18 Sep 1944 USS Cod departed Fremantle, Australia for her fifth war patrol.
5 Oct 1944 USS Cod sank a Japanese cargo ship.
7 Oct 1944 USS Cod damaged a Japanese tanker.
25 Oct 1944 USS Cod attacked a large Japanese convoy with all of her remaining torpedoes; all torpedoes missed. She shadowed the convoy for another day to report its movements before returning to her home port.
20 Nov 1944 USS Cod arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
7 Mar 1945 USS Cod arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
24 Mar 1945 USS Cod departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her sixth war patrol.
17 Apr 1945 USS Cod sank a Japanese tug and its tow in the East China Sea with the deck gun and went on to rescue three of the survivors.
24 Apr 1945 USS Cod unsuccessfully attacked a Japanese convoy and was subjected to a heavy depth charge barrage.
25 Apr 1945 USS Cod sank Japanese minesweeper W-41.
26 Apr 1945 USS Cod had a fire in the aft torpedo room, but it was extinguished before causing serious damage; one sailor was lost, drowning after being washed overboard.
29 May 1945 USS Cod arrived at Guam, Mariana Islands for refitting, ending her sixth war patrol.
26 Jun 1945 USS Cod departed Guam, Mariana Islands for her seventh war patrol.
9 Jul 1945 USS Cod rescued the crew of the grounded Dutch submarine O-19. Upon completion, she scuttled the grounded boat by gunfire.
1 Aug 1945 USS Cod was strafed by a Japanese aircraft while she was boarding a small Japanese vessel. The submarine dove and escaped the area; the boarding party was rescued by submarine USS Blenny two days later.
13 Aug 1945 USS Cod returned to Fremantle, Australia, ending her seventh war patrol.
31 Aug 1945 USS Cod departed Fremantle, Australia.
3 Nov 1945 USS Cod arrived at New London, Connecticut, United States.
22 Jun 1946 USS Cod was decommissioned from service.
1 Dec 1962 Decommissioned ship USS Cod received the new hull number of AGSS-224.
30 Jun 1971 Decommissioned ship USS Cod received the new hull number of IXSS-224.
15 Dec 1971 USS Cod was struck from the US Navy list.
25 Jan 1975 Submarine Cod was turned over to the Cleveland Coordinating Committee to Save Cod, Inc., which had the mission of establishing her as a museum ship.

Photographs

Submarines Bonefish, Cod, Cero, and Corvina under construction at the Electric Boat Co. yard, Groton, Connecticut, United States, 7 Mar 1943Superstructure of USS Cod during overhaul, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, Feb 1945View of the deck of USS Cod, Feb 1945USS Cod off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, United States, 7 Feb 1945, photo 1 of 3
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Submarines Bonefish, Cod, Cero, and Corvina under construction at the Electric Boat Co. yard, Groton, Connecticut, United States, 7 Mar 1943
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