USS L-6 (SS-45)

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USS L-6, possibly at the California Shipbuilding Company at Long Beach, California, in 1917.
Career
Name: USS L-6
Builder: Craig Shipbuilding Company, Long Beach, California
Laid down: 27 May 1914
Launched: 31 August 1916
Commissioned: 7 December 1917
Decommissioned: 25 November 1922
Fate: Sold for scrap, 21 December 1925
General characteristics
Type: L class submarine
Displacement: 456 long tons (463 t) surfaced
524 long tons (532 t) submerged
Length: 165 in (4.2 m)
Beam: 14 ft 9 in (4.50 m)
Draft: 13 ft 3 in (4.04 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-6 (SS-45) was an L-class submarine of the United States Navy. Her keel was laid down on 27 May 1914 by Craig Shipbuilding Company in Long Beach, California.

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.

L-6 was launched on 31 August 1916 sponsored by Mrs. William R. Monroe, and commissioned on 7 December 1917 with Lieutenant H. B. Berry in command.

Service history[edit]

USS L-6, USS L-8 (SS-48), and USS L-7 (SS-46), possibly at Ponta Delgada in the Azores with Submarine Division 6 in early November 1918.

After exercises along the West Coast, L-6 departed Pacific waters on 20 April 1918, arriving Charleston, South Carolina, on 10 June. Following a brief overhaul, the submarine patrolled off Charleston until she sailed on 15 October for the eastern Atlantic. Arriving Ponta Delgada, Azores, in early November, L-6 joined Submarine Division 6 just prior to the signing of the Armistice with Germany on 11 November.

After making stops in Caribbean Sea and Central American ports, L-6 arrived San Pedro, California, on 14 February 1919, completing one of the best long-distance seagoing performances of the United States's youthful submarine force. From 1919 to 1922, she remained on the West Coast, experimenting with new torpedoes and undersea detection equipment. L-6 was placed in commission, in ordinary, on 24 March 1922; returned to full commission on 1 July; and sailed for the East Coast the same month. Upon arrival Hampton Roads, L-6 decommissioned on 25 November 1922, and was sold to M. Samuel and Sons on 21 December 1925 for scrapping.

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