USS O-15 (SS-76)
|Ordered:||3 March 1916|
|Builder:||California Shipbuilding Company, Long Beach, California|
|Laid down:||21 September 1916|
|Launched:||12 February 1918|
|Commissioned:||27 August 1918|
|Decommissioned:||11 June 1924|
|Struck:||9 May 1930|
|Fate:||Sold for scrap, 30 July 1930|
|Displacement:||491 long tons (499 t) surfaced
566 long tons (575 t) submerged
|Length:||175 ft (53 m)|
|Beam:||16 ft 7 in (5.05 m)|
|Draft:||13 ft 11 in (4.24 m)|
2 × 500 hp (373 kW) diesel engines
2 × 400 hp (298 kW) electric motors
|Speed:||14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph) surfaced
11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph) submerged
|Complement:||2 officers, 27 men|
|Armament:||• 4 × 18 in (457 mm) torpedo tubes, 8 torpedoes
• 1 × 3"/50 caliber deck gun
The later O-boats (O-11 through O-16) were designed by Lake Torpedo Boat to different specifications from the earlier ones designed by Electric Boat. They performed much less well, and are sometimes considered a separate class.
Commissioning during the final months of World War I, O-15 saw brief war time service, on patrol along the Atlantic coast. After the war, she reported to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where machinists and electricians worked on her until 20 September 1919, when she was reduced to "in commission, in reserve," at Cape May, New Jersey. She departed Philadelphia in April 1920 and proceeded, via Jamaica, to Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone, where she underwent overhaul and conducted experimental tests. Conducting training cruises, she operated in and around Cuba and the Virgin Islands early in 1922 and returned to Coco Solo in April.
O-15 reported to Philadelphia in November 1923 and decommissioned there 11 June 1924 after just five and a half years of service. Struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 9 May 1930, she was scrapped, under terms of the London Naval Treaty on 30 July 1930.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Photo gallery of USS O-15 at NavSource Naval History
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