USS Sturgeon (SS-187)

Sturgeon off Mare Island in 1943, after a major overhaul that lasted four months. US Navy photo.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1936
Launched
1938
Commissioned
1938
Decommissioned
1945
AD/BC
AD
History

USS Sturgeon (SS-187) was a Salmon-class submarine laid down 27 October, 1936. After commissioning in 1938, Sturgeon operated off the US West Coast and from Pearl Harbor. In the Philippines at the outbreak of hostilities, Sturgeon commenced her first war patrol the next day. She would make a total of eleven patrols between December, 1941, and August, 1944, after which she was sent to California for overhaul, then transferred to the Atlantic for training duty. Decommissioned in November, 1945, Sturgeon was sold and scrapped in 1948. Over her eleven patrols, she sank seven ships, with four more probables and a dozen others at least damaged.