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S-25/Jastrzab

CountryPoland
Ship ClassS-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-130
BuilderBethlehem Fore River Shipyard
Laid Down26 Oct 1918
Launched29 May 1922
Commissioned9 Jul 1923
Sunk2 May 1942
Displacement868 tons standard; 1,079 tons submerged
Length219 feet
Beam21 feet
Draft16 feet
MachineryTwo New London Ship & Engine diesel engines, two Ridgeway Dynamo & Electric Co., electric motors, 120 battery cells, two propellers
Bunkerage41,192gal diesel fuel
Speed14 knots
Armament1x4in/50cal deck gun, 4x21in torpedo tubes, 12 torpedoes
Submerged Speed11 knots

Contributor:

ww2dbaseUSS S-25 was commissioned into service in Jul 1923. In 1924, she was transferred to the west coast of the United States. In Apr 1931, she was transferred to the US Territory of Hawaii, where she would remain for most of the decade. In Aug 1939, she arrived in Connecticut, United States, and in Dec 1940 she was sent to Key West, Florida, United States to provide training services. In May 1941, she returned to New London to prepare for transfer to the United Kingdom under the Lend-Lease agreement. In Nov 1941, she was decommissioned from US Navy service, transferred the UK as HMS P.551, and within hours was loaned to the Polish government-in-exile. Recommissioned as ORP Jastrzab, she was placed under the command of Lieutenant Commander Boleslaw Romanowski. As she sailed from the US toward Britain, she became the first Polish Navy submarine to cross eastward across the Atlantic Ocean. On 2 May 1942, British destroyer HMS St Albans and minesweeper HMS Seagull, while escorting Allied convoy PQ-15, attacked an ASDIC contact with depth charges 200 miles northwest of Tromsø, Norway at 1950 hours. As the target surfaced, machine guns strafed it. Belated, the target was identified as Jastrzab. The submarine suffered serious damage and 5 killed, including the British liaison officer. The submarine was written off and scuttled shortly after the 35 survivors were taken off. Some argued that the submarine was off course, while others argued that the PQ-15 had shifted into Jastrzab's patrol area after an attempt to avoid ice. The survivors were picked up, traveled with the convoy to Murmansk where they rested for more than two months, and then embarked destroyer ORP Garland for their return journey to Britain. In Sep 1942, the surviving crew of Jastrzab was decorated with the Polish Cross of Valour (Polish: Krzyz Walecznych). In Dec 1942, they were assigned to another submarine, ORP Dzik.

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S-25/Jastrzab Operational Timeline

26 Oct 1918 The keel of S-25 was laid down at the Bethlehem shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts, United States.
29 May 1922 S-25 was launched at the Bethlehem shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts, United States, sponsored by Mrs. Vera Hobart Schlabach, wife of naval officer Ross Schlabach.
9 Jul 1923 USS S-25 was commissioned into service.
15 Apr 1931 USS S-25 departed San Diego, California, United States.
25 Apr 1931 USS S-25 arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
16 Jun 1939 USS S-25 departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
25 Aug 1939 USS S-25 arrived at New London, Connecticut, United States.
4 Nov 1941 USS S-25 was decommissioned from US Navy service in New London, Connecticut, United States. She was immediately transferred to the United Kingdom for use by the Polish government-in-exile. Later on the same day, she was recommissioned by the Polish as ORP Jastrzab.
2 May 1942 British destroyer HMS St Albans and minesweeper HMS Seagull, while escorting Allied convoy PQ-15, attacked an ASDIC contact 200 miles northwest of Tromsø, Norway at 1950 hours. As the target surfaced, she turned out to be Polish submarine Jastrzab, which suffered serious damage and 5 killed. The submarine was written off and scuttled shortly after the 35 survivors were taken off. Also on this day, German torpedo bombers attacked PQ-15, sinking freighters Cape Corso, Jutland, and Botavon.

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American submarines S-24, S-25, and S-28 at Groton, Connecticut, United States, 4 May 1923S-25 on a temporary wooden platform, Groton, Connecticut, United States, 5 Jul 1923S-25, possibly off New London, Connecticut, United States, 1923-1924USS S-25 off Naval Station San Diego, California, United States, 1924-1928
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American submarines S-24, S-25, and S-28 at Groton, Connecticut, United States, 4 May 1923
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