|Ship Class||Sargo-class Submarine|
|Builder||Electric Boat Company|
|Laid Down||20 Jun 1938|
|Launched||25 May 1939|
|Commissioned||27 Nov 1939|
|Sunk||10 Dec 1941|
|Displacement||1,450 tons standard; 2,340 tons submerged|
|Machinery||General Electric diesel engines, General Electric motors|
|Bunkerage||190,000 gallons, 252 battery cells|
|Power Output||5,500 shaft horsepower|
|Armament||1x76mm gun, 8x533mm torpedo tubes|
|Submerged Speed||7.75 knots|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseWith Lieutenant J. K. Morrison, Jr. in command, Sealion joined Submarine Division 17 upon commissioning, and sailed with her division for the Philippine Islands in the spring of 1940. She patrolled the Philippine waters until Oct 1941, and was put in the Cavite navy Yard for a regular overhaul. While in the yard, she was attacked by Japanese aircraft and took two direct hits as the navy yard around her was practically destroyed. The first bomb struck the after end of her conning tower and exploded outside the hull over the control room. The second broke through into a main ballast tank and the pressure hull to explode in the after engine room, killing four men. She developed a 15 degree list while the interior flooded. Two days after the attack, it was determined that she could not be saved, and order was given to scuttle her. All salvageable equipment were taken off, then she was destroyed by depth charges placed inside the hull.
Last Major Revision: May 2007
Sealion (Sargo-class) Operational Timeline
|27 Nov 1939||Sealion (Sargo-class) was commissioned into service.|
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