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CountryUnited States
Ship ClassGato-class Submarine
Hull NumberSS-228
BuilderPortsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, United States
Laid Down11 Sep 1940
Launched12 May 1941
Commissioned1 Nov 1941
Decommissioned16 Feb 1946
Displacement1,526 tons standard; 2,410 tons submerged
Length312 feet
Beam27 feet
Draft15 feet
MachineryFour Fairbanks Morse diesel engines, four General Electric main motors, two screws
Bunkerage94,400 gallons, two 126-cell main storage batteries
Power Output5,400 shaft horsepower
Speed20 knots
Range11,000 nm at 10 knots
Armament10x21" torpedo tubes, 24 torpedoes, 1x3" gun, 2x50 cal machine gun, 2x0.3 cal machine gun
Submerged Speed8.75 knots


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Drum Operational Timeline

1 Nov 1941 Drum was commissioned into service.
2 May 1942 USS Drum sank Japanese seaplane carrier Mizuho 90 miles southeast of Tokyo, Japan at 0416 hours; 101 were killed, 472 survived.
13 May 1942 USS Drum sank Japanese cargo ship Shonan Maru 20 miles south of Japan.
25 May 1942 USS Drum sank Japanese merchant ship Kitakata Maru 125 miles southwest of Tokyo, Japan.
16 Feb 1946 Drum was decommissioned from service.

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Bruce Reed says:
5 Oct 2007 11:26:53 AM

Not really a comment - just a question. Looking at Drum 1945 pic shows a 5 ? (Could be a 3) mounted on the aft main deck other pics show a twin 20mm on the cigarette deck aft and a 40mm below the bridge fwd all 3 classified as cannon. I presume the .50 cal mg are in presure drums and mounted as needed. Where (and What) is the 2x0.3 cal mg weapon. or am I wrong in my looks at the pics & stats ??? Thanks
2. Sub Geek says:
1 Jun 2015 07:03:22 AM

The list of ships sank by the USS Drum (ss228) is WAY off! She is officially credited with sinking 15 and unofficially 27 (according to the crew) The ships sank in the list posted here is only from her FIRST PATROL!
3. James R says:
1 Aug 2015 08:19:35 AM

It appeared on the tour there were torpedo's aft as well as forward. Did I see that wrong? or was it capable of firing in both directions?

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