|USS H-6 (SS-149)|
USS H-6 underway, circa 1922 with Submarine Division 6 emblem on conning tower.
|Ordered:||by the Imperial Russian Navy, 1915|
|Builder:||Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington|
|Laid down:||14 May 1918|
|Launched:||26 August 1918|
|Commissioned:||9 September 1918|
|Decommissioned:||23 October 1922|
|Reclassified:||SS-149, 15 July 1920|
|Struck:||26 February 1931|
|Fate:||Sold for scrapping, 28 November 1933|
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)|
950 hp (710 kW) (diesel engines) |
600 hp (450 kW) (electric motors)
2 × New London Ship & Engine Co. diesel engines |
Electro Dynamic Co. electric motors
2 × shafts
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 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 U.S. Navy on 20 May 1918 and assembled at Puget Sound Navy Yard.
H-6 was launched on 26 August 1918, and commissioned on 9 September with Lieutenant Robert P. Lucker in command.
As part of Submarine Division 6 (SubDiv 6) and later SubDiv 7, H-6 was based at San Pedro, California. From there, she operated along the West Coast, participating in various battle and training exercises with her sister submarines. Occasional patrol duty off Santa Catalina Island and overhauls at Mare Island varied this training routine.
Departing San Pedro on 25 July 1922 with SubDivs 6 and 7, H-6 reached Norfolk, Virginia on 14 September. She decommissioned there on 23 October. H-6 was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 26 February 1931. She was sold for scrapping on 28 November 1933.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Photo gallery of USS H-6 at NavSource Naval History
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