|Ship Class||Cachalot-class Submarine|
|Builder Name||Electric Boat Company|
|Launched||21 Nov 1933|
|Commissioned||8 Jun 1934|
|Decommissioned||24 Oct 1945|
|Displacement||1,130 tons standard|
|Armament||1x3in gun, 6x21in torpedo tubes|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseCuttlefish arrived in San Diego, California, United States on 22 Jun 1934 and spent the following months on torpedo practice and fleet tactics. In 1937, she arrived at the Submarine School at New London, Connecticut, United States via the Panama Canal for experimental torpedo training, sound training, and other training exercises. In Mar 1939, she returned to the west coast and operated in the South Pacific and Hawaii until early 1942. When the war began for the United States in Dec 1941, she was at the Mare Island Navy Yard in California, United States, undergoing an overhaul.
ww2dbaseCuttlefish left for her first war patrol on 29 Jan 1942, performing a successful reconnaissance on Marcus Island on 13 Feb and patrolling the Bonin Islands, and ended on 24 Mar at Midway. On 2 May, she departed from Midway on her second war patrol, patrolling the Northern Mariana Islands and was attacked by depth charges from Japanese destroyers on 19 May and 24 May. While still on her second patrol, she was ordered to a location about 700 miles west of Midway in early Jun 1942 to detect Japanese movement during what was to become the Battle of Midway. Her second patrol ended at Pearl Harbor on 15 Jun. On 29 Jul, she departed from Midway on her third war patrol, sailing as far as the Japanese home islands. On 18 Aug, she challenged a destroyer and was attacked by depth charges. On 21 Aug, she damaged a freighter and her escort with torpedoes, but sinkings could not be confirmed. On 5 Sep, she attacked a tanker with torpedoes and possibly sank her. The third war patrol ended on 20 Sep at Pearl Harbor.
ww2dbaseCuttlefish arrived at Submarine School at New London, Connecticut, United States in Dec 1942 and served as a training ship through the end of the war until Oct 1945. During that time, she suffered damage during an accident where she collided with the destroyer escort Bray on 8 Dec 1944. She was decommissioned at the end of the training duty, and was sold for scrap on 12 Feb 1947.
Last Major Revision: Jun 2007
Cuttlefish Operational Timeline
|8 Jun 1934||Cuttlefish was commissioned into service.|
|24 Oct 1945||Cuttlefish was decommissioned from service.|
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