USS R-15 (SS-92)

USS R-15 (SS-92)

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USS R-15 (SS-92)

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USS R-15 (SS-92) was an R-class coastal and harbor defense submarine of the United States Navy. Her keel was laid down by the Union Iron Works in San Francisco, California, on 30 April 1917. She was launched on 12 October 1917 sponsored by Mrs. Thales S. Boyd, and commissioned on 27 July 1918 with Lieutenant Thales S. Boyd in command.

Service history


Following shakedown, R-15 conducted operations in waters adjacent to the Panama Canal Zone. Based at Balboa through December 1918, she returned to California in January 1919; operated between San Pedro, California, and San Diego, California, until March; then proceeded to Mare Island Naval Shipyard for overhaul prior to her transfer to Pearl Harbor. Arriving there on 25 June, R-15 was given hull classification symbol SS-92 in July 1920. She remained in Hawaiian waters, participating in the development of submarine warfare tactics until 12 December 1930, when she got underway for the East Coast and inactivation.

Decommissioned at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 7 May 1931, R-15 remained in the Reserve Fleet until ordered to New London, Connecticut, for activation in the summer of 1940.


Arriving in the Thames River on 9 September, she recommissioned 1 April, and in June sailed south for duty in the Canal Zone. For the next three months she operated with SubRon 3. On 3 October she got underway for New London, arriving on 23 October and reporting for duty in...
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