All World War 2 Submarines

Argonaut-Class
Argonaut-Class
1928year

Argonaut Class Specifications Lead Boat: SS-166, U.S.S. Argonaut (ex. V-4, ex. SM-1) Length: 381' Beam: 33' 10" Draft: 16' (Surface trim) Displacement: 2,170 tons (surfaced); 4,080 tons (submerged) Speed: 15 knots (surfaced); 8 knots (submerged) Diving Depth: 300' (test depth) Range: 18,000 miles Crew: 7 officers, 9 CPO, 71 enlisted Deck Gun:...

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B-Class
B-Class
1925-1927year

B-Class Specifications Lead Boat: SS-163, U.S.S. Barracuda Length: 341' Beam: 27' Draft: 14' 7" (Surface trim) Displacement: 2,119 tons (surfaced); 2,506 tons (submerged) Speed: 18 knots (surfaced); 11 knots (submerged) Diving Depth: 200' (test depth) Range: 10,000 miles Crew: 7 officers, 11 CPO, 65 enlisted Deck Gun: 1-5"/51-calibre Anti-Aircraft...

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Cachalot-Class
Cachalot-Class
1933-1934year

Cachalot Class Specifications Lead Boat: SS-170, U.S.S. Cachalot Length: 274' Beam: 24' 1" Draft: 13' 10" (Surface trim) Displacement: 1,100 tons (surfaced); 1,650 tons (submerged) Speed: 17 knots (surfaced); 8 knots (submerged) Diving Depth: 250' (test depth) Range: 14,000 miles Crew: 6 officers, 39 enlisted Deck Gun: 1-3"/50-calibre Anti-Aircraft...

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Dolphin-Class
Dolphin-Class
1932year

Dolphin Class Specifications Lead Boat: SS-169, U.S.S. Dolphin (Only boat in class) Length: 319' 3" Beam: 27' 11" Draft: 13' (Surface trim) Displacement: 1,718 tons (surfaced); 2,240 tons (submerged) Speed: 17 knots (surfaced); 8 knots (submerged) Diving Depth: 300' (test depth) Range:18,780 miles Crew: 7 officers, 3 CPO, 53 enlisted Deck Gun: ...

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Gar-Class
Gar-Class
1941year

Gar Class Specifications Lead Boat: SS-206, U.S.S. Gar Length: 307' 2" Beam: 27' 7-1/2" Draft: 14' 3" (Surface trim) Displacement: 1,475 tons (surfaced); 2,370 tons (submerged) Speed: 20 knots (surfaced); 8.75 knots (submerged) Diving Depth: 250' (test depth); ' (emergency) Range: 11,000 miles @ 10 knots Endurance: days Crew: 6 officers, 54 enlisted Deck Gun: 1...

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Gato-Class
Gato-Class
1941-1944year

Lead Boat: SS-212, U.S.S. Gato Length: 312' Beam: 27' Draft: 17' (Surface trim) Displacement: 1,800 tons (surfaced); 2,400 tons (submerged) Speed: 20-1/4 knots (surfaced); 8-3/4 knots (submerged) Diving Depth: 300' (test depth); 450' (emergency) Range: 20,000 miles Endurance: 75 days Crew: 6-10 (officers); 60-70 (enlisted) Crew size increased as war progressed. Deck...

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Mackerel-Class
Mackerel-Class
1941year

Mackerel Class Specifications Lead Boat: SS-204, U.S.S. Mackerel Length: 243' 1" Beam: 22' 1" Draft: 14' 6" (Surface trim) Displacement: 825 tons (surfaced); 1179 tons (submerged) Speed: 16 knots (surfaced); 11 knots (submerged) Diving Depth: 250' (test depth) Range: 6,500 miles Crew: 4 officers, 33 enlisted Deck Gun: 1-3"/50-calibre Torpedoes: 4-21" torpedo tubes...

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Narwhal-Class
Narwhal-Class
1930year

Narwhal Class Specifications Lead Boat: SS-167, U.S.S. Narwhal Length: 371' Beam: 33' 3" Draft: 16' 11" (Surface trim) Displacement: 2,730 tons (surfaced); 3,960 tons (submerged) Speed: 17 knots (surfaced); 8-1/2 knots (submerged) Diving Depth: 300' (test depth) Range: 25,000 miles Crew: 9 officers, 10 CPO, 70 enlisted Deck Gun: 2-6"/53-caliber Torpedoes: 4-21"...

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O-Class
O-Class
1918year

O Class Submarine Stats Lead Boat: SS-62, U.S.S. O-1 Length: 172' 4" Beam: 18' Draft: 14" 5" (Surface trim) Displacement: 520 tons (surfaced); 629 tons (submerged) Speed: 14 knots (surfaced); 10.5 knots (submerged) Diving Depth: 200' (test depth) Crew: 2 officers, 27 enlisted Deck Gun: 1-3"/23 Anti-Aircraft Weapons: Machine guns Torpedoes: 4-18" torpedo tube (bow),...

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Porpoise-Class
Porpoise-Class
1935-1937year

Porpoise Class Specifications Lead Boat: SS-172, U.S.S. Porpoise Length: 301' Beam: 24' 11" Draft: 13' 10" (Surface trim) Displacement: 1,300 tons (surfaced); 1,900 tons (submerged) Speed: 20 knots (surfaced); 9 knots (submerged) Diving Depth: 250' (test depth) Range: 22,000 miles Crew: 5 officers, 49 enlisted Deck Gun: 1-3"/50-calibre Anti-Aircraft Weapons: Light...

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R-Class
R-Class
1918-1919year

R-Class Specifications Lead Boat: SS-78, U.S.S. R-1 Length: 186' Beam: 18' Draft: 15' 6" (Surface trim) Displacement: 574 tons (surfaced); 685 tons (submerged) Speed: 12.5 knots (surfaced); 9.3 knots (submerged) Diving Depth: 200' (test depth) Range: 4,700 miles @ 6.2 knots Crew: 4 officers; 3 CPO; 26 enlisted Deck Gun: 1-3"/50-caliber Anti-Aircraft Weapons: Machine...

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S-Class
S-Class
1920-1925year

S-Class Specifications Lead Boat: SS-105, U.S.S. S-1 Length: 219' Beam: 20-3/4' Draft: 16' (Surface trim) Displacement: 800 - 1,180 tons (surfaced); 1,062 - 1,460 tons (submerged) Speed: 14.5 knots (surfaced); 11 knots (submerged) Diving Depth: 200' (test depth) Range: 3,420 - 5500 miles Crew: 4 officers, 34 - 39 enlisted Deck Gun: 1-3"/50-calibre; 1-4"/50 calibre;...

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Salmon-Class
Salmon-Class
1937-1938year

Salmon Class Specifications Lead Boat: SS-182, U.S.S. Salmon Length: 308' Beam: 26' 1" Draft: 15' 8" (Surface trim) Displacement: 1,430 tons (surfaced); 2,198 tons (submerged) Speed: 21 knots (surfaced); 9 knots (submerged) Diving Depth: 250' (test depth) Range: 11,000 miles Crew: 5 officers, 54 enlisted Deck Gun: 1-3"/50-caliber Anti-Aircraft Weapons: Torpedoes:...

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Sargo-Class
Sargo-Class
1939year

Sargo Class Specifications Lead Boat: SS-188, U.S.S. Sargo Length: 310' 6" Beam: 26' 10" Draft: 16' 7" (Surface trim) Displacement: 1,450 tons (surfaced); 2,350 tons (submerged) Speed: 21 knots (surfaced); 8.75 knots (submerged) Diving Depth: 250' (test depth) Range: 11,000 miles Crew: 5 officers, 54 enlisted Deck Gun: 1-3"/50-caliber Torpedoes: 4-21" torpedo tubes...

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Tambor-Class
Tambor-Class
1940-1941year

Tambor Class Specifications Lead Boat: SS-198, U.S.S. Tambor Length: 307' 2" Beam: 27' 3" Draft: 15' (Surface trim) Displacement: 1,475 tons (surfaced); 2,370 tons (submerged) Speed: 20 knots (surfaced); 9 knots (submerged) Diving Depth: 250' (test depth) Range: 11,000 miles Crew: 6 officers, 54 enlisted Deck Gun: 1-3"/50-caliber Torpedoes: 6-21" torpedo tubes...

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Tench-Class
Tench-Class
1944-1945year
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U.S.S. Wahoo pictured in July 1943 off Mare Island Navy Yard. Commanded by Dudley “Mush” Morton,Wahoo was one of the most successful American submarines of World War II. Four months after this picture was taken she was lost with all hands while attempting to exit the Sea of Japan after sinking four ships for a total of 13,000 tons. Her wartime total was 60,038 tons.

The American World Submarine may arguably be called the most successful naval weapon of World War II. The aircraft carriers got all the publicity, but it was the submarine fleet that destroyed most of the Japanese merchant fleet, isolating the home islands, crippling Japanese industry, and preventing resupply and reinforcement of Japanese island garrisons.

From America’s entry into World War II after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, until the Japanese surrender was signed on 2 September 1945, American submarines were responsible for sinking more than half of all Japanese tonnage. This, despite the fact that the submarine forces comprised less than 2% of the Navy, and spent the first 18 months of the war battling the Navy bureaucracy over defective torpedoes.

While we’re still a long way from achieving it, our goal at worldsubmarine.com is to create the most comprehensive web resource on the American submarine forces in World War II. This will include an information page on every submarine that was active during the war—including the older boats restricted to training duty—a brief biography of every commander, technical information on the submarines and equipment, patrol lists, and so on. We have a good start on a comprehensive links collection, and are actively searching for related sites.

One of the consequences of a massive project such as this one is that there will, inevitably, be errors. If you run across something on one of our pages, please let us know by using the email link on the top. If you served in one of these boats, and would like to add something to a page, we’d welcome the contribution.