Allied Warships

Cachalot (SS-170)

Submarine of the Cachalot class

USS Cachalot as completed

NavyThe US Navy
Built byPortsmouth Navy Yard (Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Laid down21 Oct 1931 
Launched19 Oct 1933 
Commissioned1 Dec 1933 
End service17 Oct 1945 

Decommissioned 17 October 1945.
Stricken 1 November 1945.
Sold 26 January 1947 to be broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Cachalot (170)

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1Waldemar Nicholas Christensen, USN17 Apr 19398 Apr 1942
2Lt.Cdr. George Alexander Lewis, USN8 Apr 1942mid 1942
3T/Lt.Cdr. Harry Clinton Stevenson, USNSep 1942Apr 1943
4T/Lt.Cdr. George Donald Gregor, USNApr 1943Oct 1943
5T/Lt.Cdr. Allan George Schnable, USNOct 1943Jul 1944
6T/Lt.Cdr. Frank Nickols Shamer, USNJul 1944Jan 1945
7Lt.Cdr. Frank Arthur Bewley, USNRJan 1945mid 1945
8Francis T. Cooper, Jr., USNAug 194517 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Cachalot include:

7 Dec 1941
During the Japanese attack USS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. Waldeman N. Christensen) was at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard for a scheduled overhaul. She opened fire on the enemy planes with her machine guns.

12 Jan 1942
With her overhaul completed USS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Christensen) left Pearl Harbor for her first war patrol.

18 Mar 1942
USS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Christensen) conducted reconnaissance of Wake, Eniwetok, Ponape, Truk, Namonuito, and the Hall Islands before she returned to Pearl Harbor on 18 March 1942.

9 Jun 1942
During her second war patrol USS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. George Alexander Lewis, jr.) patrolled north-west of Midway. On 9 June 1942 she put into Midway before continuing her patrol off the Japanese home islands.

26 Jul 1942
USS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. G.A. Lewis) ended her 2nd war patrol when she returned to Pearl Harbor.

23 Sep 1942
USS Cachalot (Lt.Cdr. Harry Clinton Stevenson) left Pearl Harbor for her 3th and final war patrol. She was to patrol in the Bering Sea. After this patrol Cachalot was assigned to training duties.

23 Dec 1942
USS Cachalot departed the Panama Canal Zone for New London, Connecticut.

3 Jan 1943
USS Cachalot arrived at New London, Connecticut from the Panama Canal Zone.

30 Jun 1945
USS Cachalot departed New London, Connecticut for the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

1 Jul 1945
USS Cachalot arrived at the Philadelphia Navy Yard from New London, Connecticut for a refit.

Media links

U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret

U.S. Submarines Through 1945

Friedman, Norman
(£ 56.95)

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