USS R-10 (SS-87)

USS R-10 (SS-87)

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USS R-10 (SS-87)

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USS R-10 (SS-87) was an R-class coastal and harbor defense submarine of the United States Navy. Her keel was laid down on 21 March 1918 by the Fore River Shipbuilding Company in Quincy, Massachusetts. She was launched 28 June 1919 sponsored by Mrs. Philip C. Ransom, and commissioned on 20 August 1919, Lieutenant Commander John A. Brownell in command.

Service history


Fitted out at Boston, Massachusetts, during the fall of 1919, R-10 joined Submarine Division 9 with the new year, 1920, and departed for winter maneuvers in the Gulf of Mexico on 15 January. Based at Pensacola, Florida, she completed final trials during March and in mid-April returned to New England. On 18 May she arrived at Newport, Rhode Island and, given hull classification symbol SS-87 in July, operated out of there and New London, Connecticut. With the fall she proceeded south again, underwent overhaul at Norfolk, Virginia, remaining until April 1921. She then headed for the Panama Canal and duty in the Pacific.

R-10 arrived at San Pedro, California, on 30 June for a two-year tour. Toward the end of September, she added salvage operations to her record as she assisted in raising from the bottom of San Pedro Harbor on 13 October, then resumed individual and squadron exercises. In July 1923, the R-boat shifted to Pearl Harbor where, for the next seven and a half years she conducted training operations, including fleet problems, made occasional runs as far west as Midway......
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