USS L-5 (SS-44)
|Builder:||Lake Torpedo Boat Company, Bridgeport, Connecticut|
|Laid down:||14 May 1914|
|Launched:||1 May 1916|
|Commissioned:||17 February 1918|
|Decommissioned:||5 December 1922|
|Fate:||Sold for scrap, 21 December 1925|
|Type:||L class submarine|
|Displacement:||456 long tons (463 t) surfaced
524 long tons (532 t) submerged
|Length:||165 ft (50 m)|
|Beam:||14 ft 9 in (4.50 m)|
|Draft:||13 ft 3 in (4.04 m)|
|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
The L-boats designed by Lake Torpedo Boat (L-5 through L-8) were built to slightly different specifications from the other L-boats, which were designed by Electric Boat, and are sometimes considered a separate L-5 class.
After exercises along the Atlantic coast, L-5 departed Charleston, South Carolina, on 15 October 1918 with Submarine Division 6 and reached the Azores on 7 November. Following the Armistice with Germany on 11 November, L-5 headed west, arriving Bermuda on 1 December. She participated in exercises in the Caribbean Sea before steaming on to San Pedro, California, where she arrived 13 February 1919.
From 1919 to 1922, she remained on the West Coast experimenting with new torpedoes and underseas detection equipment. L-5 departed San Pedro on 25 July 1922, and, after visits in Mexico, Nicaragua, and the Panama Canal Zone, she arrived Hampton Roads, Virginia, on 28 September. The submarine remained there until she decommissioned on 5 December 1922. She was sold on 21 December 1925 to Passaic Salvage and Reclamation Company in Newark, New Jersey, and scrapped.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Photo gallery of USS L-5 at NavSource Naval History
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