USS L-10 (SS-50)

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USS L-10 off Provincetown, Massachusetts, on 24 May 1916.
Name: USS L-10
Builder: Fore River Shipbuilding Company, Quincy, Massachusetts
Laid down: 17 February 1915
Launched: 16 March 1916
Commissioned: 2 August 1916
Decommissioned: 5 May 1922
Fate: Sold for scrap, 31 July 1922
General characteristics
Type: L class submarine
Displacement: 450 long tons (457 t) surfaced
548 long tons (557 t) submerged
Length: 167 ft 5 in (51.03 m)
Beam: 17 ft 5 in (5.31 m)
Draft: 13 ft 7 in (4.14 m)
Propulsion: Diesel-electric
Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph) surfaced
10.5 knots (19.4 km/h; 12.1 mph) submerged
Complement: 28 officers and men
Armament: • 4 × 18 in (457 mm) torpedo tubes, 8 torpedoes
• 1 × 3"/23 caliber deck gun

USS L-10 (SS-50) was an L-class submarine of the United States Navy. Her keel was laid down on 17 February 1915 by Fore River Shipbuilding Company of Quincy, Massachusetts. She was launched on 16 March 1916 sponsored by Miss Catherine Rush, and commissioned on 2 August 1916 with Lieutenant (junior grade) J. C. Van de Carr in command.

Service history[edit]

L-class submarines USS L-3 (SS-42), USS L-11 (SS-51), USS L-10, USS L-4 (SS-43), and USS L-9 (SS-49) alongside their submarine tender in British waters in 1918. The "A" (for "American") was added to avoid confusion with British L-class submarines.

Assigned to the Atlantic Submarine Flotilla, L-10 operated along the United States East Coast until April 1917 developing new techniques or undersea warfare.

Following the United States's entry into World War I, submarines were needed to protect Allied shipping lanes to Europe. After an extensive overhaul, preparing her for the task ahead, L-10 departed Newport, Rhode Island, on 4 December, reaching the Azores on 19 December. She patrolled waters off the Azores for the next month before joining Submarine Division 5 in the British Isles in January 1918. Based in Britain throughout the rest of the war, L-10 and the other ships of her division conducted anti-U-boat patrols.

After the Armistice with Germany on 11 November, L-10 remained in England until sailing for the United States on 3 January 1919. Arriving Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 1 February, the submarine operated along the Atlantic coast for the next four years, developing submarine warfare tactics. L-10 decommissioned at Philadelphia on 5 May 1922, and was sold on 31 July 1922 to Joseph G. Hitner of Philadelphia.


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