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USS Cisco

Coordinates: 9°47′N 121°44′E / 9.783°N 121.733°E / 9.783; 121.733
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Cisco (SS-290), underway during her sea trials off the New England coast, 19 June 1943.
United States
BuilderPortsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine[1]
Laid down29 October 1942[1]
Launched24 December 1942[1]
Commissioned10 May 1943[1]
FateSunk by Japanese aircraft west of Mindanao, 28 September 1943[2]
General characteristics
Class and typeBalao-class diesel-electric submarine[2]
  • 1,526 long tons (1,550 t) surfaced[2]
  • 2,414 long tons (2,453 t) submerged[2]
Length311 ft 9 in (95.02 m)[2]
Beam27 ft 3 in (8.31 m)[2]
Draft16 ft 10 in (5.13 m) maximum[2]
  • 20.25 knots (37.50 km/h; 23.30 mph) surfaced
  • 8.75 knots (16.21 km/h; 10.07 mph) submerged[3]
Range11,000 nmi (20,000 km; 13,000 mi) surfaced at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)[3]
  • 48 hours at 2 knots (3.7 km/h; 2.3 mph) submerged[3]
  • 75 days on patrol
Test depth400 feet (120 m)[3]
Complement10 officers, 70–71 enlisted[3]

USS Cisco (SS-290), a Balao-class submarine, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for the cisco, a whitefish of the Great Lakes.

Construction and commissioning[edit]

Cisco's keel was laid down by the Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine. She was launched on 24 December 1942, sponsored by Mrs. A. C. Bennett, through her proxy, Mrs. N. Robertson, and commissioned on 10 May 1943 with Commander James W. Coe in command.[7]

Service history[edit]

Cisco reported to the United States Pacific Fleet. She sailed from Panama on 7 August 1943 for Brisbane, Australia, arriving 1 September to assume local patrol duties, until 18 September, when she docked at Darwin, Australia. She put out on her first war patrol 20 September 1943, but never returned. Japanese records tell of sighting a submarine leaking oil on 28 September in an area where Cisco is known to have been the only submarine then operating. Japanese records state this submarine was sunk by bombs and depth charges. Japanese records state that the submarine was attacked by Nakajima B5N (Allied reporting name "Kate") attack bombers of the 954 Naval Air Squadron and the gunboat Karatsu (originally the U.S. Navy gunboat USS Luzon, captured by Japanese forces and put to work against her former owners).[8] Cisco is thus presumed to have been lost in action 28 September 1943. The only survivor from the crew was taken sick in Darwin and sent ashore to the Navy hospital prior to Cisco's final voyage.


  1. ^ a b c d Friedman, Norman (1995). U.S. Submarines Through 1945: An Illustrated Design History. Annapolis, Maryland: United States Naval Institute. pp. 285–304. ISBN 1-55750-263-3.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Bauer, K. Jack; Roberts, Stephen S. (1991). Register of Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1775–1990: Major Combatants. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. pp. 275–280. ISBN 0-313-26202-0.
  3. ^ a b c d e U.S. Submarines Through 1945 pp. 305–311.
  4. ^ a b c d e Bauer, K. Jack; Roberts, Stephen S. (1991). Register of Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1775–1990: Major Combatants. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. pp. 270–280. ISBN 978-0-313-26202-9. OCLC 24010356.
  5. ^ U.S. Submarines Through 1945 p. 261
  6. ^ U.S. Submarines Through 1945 pp. 305–311
  7. ^ "SS-290, U.S.S. Cisco". Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2007.
  8. ^ 米潜水艦「シスコ」(USS Cisco SS-290,艦長J・W・コー少佐)、フィリピン沖で海軍第954航空隊(九七艦攻)、河用砲艦「唐津」の攻撃を受け沈没

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