Cabrilla file photo [14671]

USS Cabrilla

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassBalao-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-288
BuilderPortsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, United States
Laid Down18 Aug 1942
Launched24 Dec 1942
Commissioned24 May 1943
Decommissioned7 Aug 1946
Displacement1550 tons standard; 2453 tons submerged
Length312 feet
Beam27 feet
Draft17 feet
MachineryFour General Motors Model 16-248 V16 diesel engines (5,400shp), four high-speed General Electric electric motors with reduction gears (2,740shp), two 126-cell Sargo batteries, two propellers
Speed20 knots
Range11,000nm surfaced at 10 knots, 48 hours at 2 knots submerged
Crew81
Armament6x533mm forward torpedo tubes, 4x533mm aft torpedo tubes, 24 torpedoes, 1x102mm 50cal deck gun
Submerged Speed8.75 knots

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ww2dbaseUSS Cabrilla was commissioned into service in May 1943. Arriving at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, United States on 30 Aug of the same year, she embarked on the first of her eight war patrols in the following month. Her first war patrol took her to the Philippine Islands to make contact with guerrilla fighters, her second war patrol saw her laying mines in the Gulf of Siam, and the third patrol was a reconnaissance mission in the Sunda Strait in the Dutch East Indies. During her fourth and fifth war patrols, she attacked Japanese shipping off Makassar and in the Celebes Sea and Sulu Sea. Her sixth war patrol was her most successful, during which she sank 24,557 tons of enemy shipping in the South China Sea. Her seventh war patrol was conducted in the Kurile Islands in northern Japan, while her final patrol, the eighth, saw her on lifeguard duty off Japan. After the end of WW2, she remained in service until Aug 1946 when she was placed out of commission at the Naval Submarine Base New London, Connecticut, United States as a part of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. In 1962, USS Cabrilla was redesignated AGSS-288 and was recommissioned into service. In 1968, she was once again taken out of service and was made into a museum ship. In Jan 1971, due to the poor condition of the submarine, she was given back to the United States Navy by the museum leadership in exchange for a different submarine, Cavalla. Cabrilla was then sold for scrapping in Apr 1972.

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USS Cabrilla Operational Timeline

18 Aug 1942 The keel of submarine Cabrilla was laid down.
24 Dec 1942 Submarine Cabrilla was launched, sponsored by Mrs. L. B. Combs.
24 May 1943 USS Cabrilla was commissioned into service with Commander Douglas Thompson Hammond in command.
30 Aug 1943 USS Cabrilla arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
12 Sep 1943 USS Cabrilla departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her first war patrol.
24 Sep 1943 USS Cabrilla attacked a Japanese escort carrier with six torpedoes in the Western Pacific, causing some damage.
24 Oct 1943 USS Cabrilla attacked a Japanese oiler with six torpedoes in the Dutch East Indies; all torpedoes missed.
4 Jan 1944 USS Cabrilla sank a Japanese transport in the late afternoon in the South China Sea, hitting her with 3 of 6 torpedoes fired. Six hours later, she attacked another oiler with 3 torpedoes, damaging her with 1.
20 Mar 1944 USS Cabrilla attacked a Japanese transport off British Malaya; all six torpedoes missed.
24 May 1944 USS Cabrilla damaged a Japanese ship east of Borneo, hitting her with 1 of 6 torpedoes fired.
26 May 1944 USS Cabrilla attacked a Japanese convoy in the Dutch East Indies with six torpedoes; four of them struck and sank a transport.
3 Jun 1944 USS Cabrilla sank a Japanese coastal patrol boat with her deck gun off Borneo.
4 Jun 1944 USS Cabrilla sank a Japanese coastal patrol boat with her deck gun off Borneo.
16 Jul 1944 USS Cabrilla sank a Japanese transport between Borneo and Philippine Islands, hitting her with 2 of 6 torpedoes fired.
17 Jul 1944 USS Cabrilla made a night time attack against a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea, sinking an oiler and two transports, hitting them with 5 of 9 torpedoes fired.
13 Sep 1944 USS Cabrilla departed Fremantle, Australia for her sixth war patrol.
1 Oct 1944 USS Cabrilla attacked a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea, sinking two transports with 4 of 10 torpedoes fired.
6 Oct 1944 USS Cabrilla attacked a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea during the day, sinking an oiler and a transport, hitting them with 5 of 6 torpedoes fired. After sundown, she attacked a destroyer escort with 4 torpedoes, all of which missed.
7 Oct 1944 USS Cabrilla sank a Japanese transport in the South China Sea, hitting her with 3 of 4 torpedoes fired.
25 Oct 1944 USS Cabrilla arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her sixth war patrol.
7 Apr 1945 USS Cabrilla fired 3 torpedoes at a Japanese transport off northern Japan; all torpedoes missed.
18 Apr 1945 USS Cabrilla attacked a Japanese convoy off northern Japan with six torpedoes, one of which damaged a transport.
29 Jul 1945 USS Cabrilla attacked a Japanese patrol vessel with an acoustic seeking torpedo in the South China Sea; the torpedo missed.
31 Aug 1945 USS Cabrilla departed Fremantle, Australia for the United States.
19 Feb 1946 USS Cabrilla conducted exercises in the Panama Canal Zone.
17 Mar 1946 USS Cabrilla completed exercises in the Panama Canal Zone.
7 Aug 1946 USS Cabrilla was decommissioned from service.
1 Dec 1962 USS Cabrilla was recommissioned into service.
30 Jun 1968 USS Cabrilla was decommissioned from service and was struck from the US Naval Register.
19 Oct 1968 Submarine Cabrilla was designated a museum ship at Galveston, Texas, United States.
21 Jan 1971 Submarine Cabrilla was returned to the US Navy.
18 Apr 1972 Submarine Cabrilla was sold for scrap.

Photographs

Launching of submarine Cabrilla, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, United States, 24 Dec 1942Bow view of USS Cabrilla during her sea trials, Jun 1943USS Cabrilla running trials, Jun 1943A band welcoming USS Cabrilla into port, date unknown
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Launching of submarine Cabrilla, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, United States, 24 Dec 1942
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