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USS ''Gato''

  • World War II
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The USS ''Gato'' was a Lead Class Submarine, used by The US Navy during World War II. Launched in 1940, ''Gato'' would eventually be tasked to monitor and defend westerly passages into The Southern Pacific, just prior to and during The Battle of Midway (1942). ''Gato'' operated (13) Combat Patrols during Her War Service until 1945. Credited with sinking up to 100,000-tons of Enemy Shipping, ''Gato'' was also one of the few American Submarines to actually engage with Imperial Japanese Submarines (of which She was almost lost as a result of a battle against two such Enemy Subs in June of 1945). ''Gato'' would survive and be assigned to Patrol of Wake Island. After The War (1945), ''Gato'' became a Training Vessel berthed in Maryland (US) until She was scrapped in 1960. ''Gato'' was 1,600-tons displaced. She was 312-feet long and stood 30-feet. Powered by (4) GM Diesel Engines (V-16) and (2) 126-Cell Sargo Batteries, She achieved 20-mph surface speed and 10-mph submerged. ''Gato'' could range 11,000-nautical miles and stay underwater for up to 48-hours. She had a maximum operational depth of 300-feet. ''Gato'' was crewed by (60) Officers and Men. Her primary armament included – (24) 21-inch Torpedoes, (1) 4-inch 102mm Deck Cannon and (1) .50 Caliber Machine Gun (also Deck mounted when on surface).