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USS H-5 (SS-148)
USS H-5 underway, circa 1922
USS H-5 underway, circa 1922
Name: USS H-5
Ordered: by the Imperial Russian Navy, 1915
Builder: Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington
Laid down: 12 May 1918
Launched: 24 September 1918
Commissioned: 30 September 1918
Decommissioned: 20 October 1922
Reclassified: SS-148, 15 July 1920
Struck: 26 February 1931
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 28 November 1933
General characteristics
Type: H-class submarine
Displacement: 358 long tons (364 t) surfaced
467 long tons (474 t) submerged
Length: 150 ft 4 in (45.82 m)
Beam: 15 ft 10 in (4.83 m)
Draft: 12 ft 5 in (3.78 m)
Installed power: 950 hp (710 kW) (diesel engines)
600 hp (450 kW) (electric motors)
Propulsion: 2 × New London Ship & Engine Co. diesel engines
2 × Electro Dynamic Co. electric motors
2 × shafts
Speed: 14 kn (16 mph; 26 km/h) surfaced
10.5 kn (12.1 mph; 19.4 km/h) submerged
Test depth: 200 ft (61 m)
Complement: 25 officers and men
Armament: 4 × 18 in (460 mm) torpedo tubes (8 torpedoes

The torpedo room of USS H-5 in 1919. The breeches of the four 18-inch (457-mm) torpedo tubes are at center.

The Imperial Russian Navy ordered 18 H-class submarines from the Electric Boat Company in 1915. Eleven were delivered, and served as the American Holland class submarines, but shipment of the final six was held up pending the outcome of the Russian Revolution of 1917, and the boats were stored in knockdown condition at Vancouver, British Columbia. All six were purchased by the United States Navy on 20 May 1918 and assembled at Puget Sound Navy Yard.

H-5 (SS-148) was launched on 24 September 1918, and commissioned on 30 September 1918 with Lieutenant Gordon Hutchins in command.

Operating out of San Pedro, California, with Submarine Division 6 and 7 (SubDivs 6 and SubDiv 7), H-5 participated in various training and battle exercises, with periodic overhauls at Mare Island. She departed San Francisco, California on 25 July 1922 in company with both divisions and arrived at Norfolk, Virginia on 14 September. H-5 decommissioned at Norfolk on 20 October. Her name was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 26 February 1931. She was sold for scrapping on 28 November 1933.


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