USS R-23 (SS-100)

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USS R-26, R-25, R-27, and R-23.jpg
Submarines (left to right) USS R-26 (SS-103), USS R-25 (SS-102), USS R-27 (SS-104), and USS R-23 (SS-100) at the Lake Torpedo Boat Company shipyard at Bridgeport, Connecticut, on 10 July 1919, prior to their commissioning later that year. The "H" numbers on their hulls are Lake company building numbers.
Name: USS R-23
Ordered: 29 August 1916
Builder: Lake Torpedo Boat, Bridgeport, Connecticut
Laid down: 25 April 1917
Launched: 5 November 1918
Commissioned: 23 October 1919
Decommissioned: 24 April 1925
Struck: 9 May 1930
Fate: Sold for scrap, July 1930
General characteristics
Type: R class submarine
Displacement: 495 long tons (503 t) surfaced
598 long tons (608 t) submerged
Length: 175 ft (53 m)
Beam: 16 ft 8 in (5.08 m)
Draft: 13 ft 11 in (4.24 m)
Propulsion: Diesel-electric
Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph) surfaced
11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph) submerged
Complement: 29 officers and men
Armament: • 4 × 18 in (457 mm) torpedo tubes
• 1 × 3"/50 caliber gun

USS R-23 (SS-100) was an R-class coastal and harbor defense submarine of the United States Navy. Her keel was laid down on 25 April 1917 by the Lake Torpedo Boat Company in Bridgeport, Connecticut; the R-boats built by Lake Torpedo Boat (R-21 through R-27) are sometimes considered a separate class from those built by Fore River Shipbuilding (R-1 through R-14) and Union Iron Works (R-15 through R-20). She was launched on 5 November 1918 sponsored by Miss Ruth Jane Harris, and commissioned on 23 October 1919 with Lieutenant David R. Lee in command.

Service history[edit]

A little over a month after commissioning, R-23 departed New London, Connecticut, for her homeport of Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone. Given hull classification symbol SS-100 in July 1920, she was based in the Canal Zone, interrupting her service there only for overhaul periods at Balboa and on the East Coast. She returned to the United States for inactivation in the fall of 1924, arriving Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 1 December. R-23 was decommissioned on 24 April 1925 after only five-and-a-half years of service. She was berthed at League Island until struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 9 May 1930 and sold for scrap in July of the same year.


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