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USS Cuttlefish (SS-171)

Diesel-Electric Attack Submarine

Commissioned in June of 1934, USS Cuttlefish SS-171 survived all of World War 2 to be broken up and sold off for scrapping in 1947.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 5/30/2017
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Year: 1934
Ships-in-Class: 2
Named Ships: USS Cachalot (SS-170); USS Cuttlefish (SS-171)
Complement: 48
Length: 274 ft (83.52 m)
Width: 24.8 ft (7.56 m)
Height: 16.2 ft (4.94 m)
Displacement (Surface): 1,150 tons
Displacement (Submerged): 1,680 tons
Propulsion: 2 x BuEng / MAN direct-drive diesel engines developing 1,535 horsepower each; 1 x BuEng / MAN auxiliary diesel electrical generator developing 440 horsepower; 2 x Electro Dynamic electric motors generating 800 horsepower each; 2 x 120-cell Exide WLLH31 battery packs; 2 x Shafts.
Speed (Surface): 17 kts (20 mph)
Speed (Submerged): 8 kts (9 mph)
Range: 6,000 nm (6,905 miles; 11,113 km)
Operators: United States


6 x 21" (533mm) torpedo tubes (four bow-facing; two stern-facing); 16 torpedo reloads.
1 x 3" (76mm) /50 caliber deck gun.

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