The U.S. SUBMARINE WAR
  in the PACIFIC  1941 - 1945


HOME    SUB WAR    RECORDS    THE BOATS     ARMAMENT      US NAVY      GLOSSARY    SHIP'S STORE   LINKS    SITE MAP
 

 

 

 


TAMBOR and GAR CLASS SUBMARINES
WWII U.S. Submarine Warfare - Pacific Theater 1941 to 1945
World War II specifications, design details and boat lists for the
U.S. Navy T-Class (Tambor and Gar Class) submarines


 

 

Tambor Gar T Class submarines

 

 

Maintaining all of the positive attributes of the Salmon Class, the "T" and Gar classes were blessed with the added speed and fire power that the navy was long striving for. Having a surface speed of 21 knots and the ability to traverse great distances, the T's were the first acceptable Fleet Boat in the US Navy. Design changes in internal layout, silhouette and hull form differentiate the Tambor Class boats from the Salmon / Sargos. The "Ts" featured a double hulled construction and included an external control room as in German U-boats. They were the last phase of development of US subs prior to the introduction of the Gato class in 1942. The Gar Class boats were virtually identical to the "Ts". These two classes of submarines shouldered the bulk of the combat duties during the early stages of the war, with the USS Tautog holding the scoring record in the category of "number of ships sunk" (26) .

 

TAMBOR CLASS

Displacement: (in tons) 1475 surfaced, 2370 submerged
Length 308'
Beam 27'
Draft 13' 4"
Test Depth 250'
Speed: (in knots) 21 surfaced, 8.75 submerged
Guns 1 - 4" 50,  2 - 20 mm
Tubes 6 - 21" fwd, 4 -21" aft
Crew 65
Power 2 Diesel engines/2 electric motors
Range  12,000 miles

 

BOAT KEEL LAID LAUNCHED COMM BUILDER
SS-198 USS Tambor 1/16/39 12/30/39 6/3/40 EBC
SS-199 USS Tautog 3/1/39 1/27/40 7/3/40 EBC
SS-200 USS Thresher 4/27/39 3/27/40 8/27/40 EBC
SS-201 USS Triton 7/5/39 3/25/40 8/15/40 PNY
SS-202 USS Trout 8/28/39 5/21/40 11/15/40 PNY
SS-203 USS Tuna 7/19/39 10/2/40 1/2/41 MINY

 


 

GAR CLASS

Displacement: (in tons) 1475 surfaced, 2370 submerged
Length 307'
Beam 27'
Draft 13' 4"
Test Depth 250'
Speed: (in knots) 19 surfaced, 9 submerged
Guns 1 - 4" 50,  2 - 20 mm
Tubes 6 - 21" fwd, 4 - 21" aft
Crew 65
Power 2 Diesel engines/2 electric motors

 

BOAT KEEL LAID LAUNCHED COMM BUILDER
SS-206 USS Gar 12/27/39 11/7/40 4/14/41 EBC
SS-207 USS Grampus 2/14/40 12/23/40 5/23/41 EBC
SS-208 USS Grayback 4/3/40 1/31/41 6/3/41 EBC
SS-209 USS Grayling 12/15/39 9/4/40 3/1/41 PNY
SS-210 USS Grenadier 4/2/40 11/29/40 5/1/41 PNY
SS-211 USS Gudgeon 11/22/40 1/25/41 4/21/41 MINY

 


 

EBC - Electric Boat Company - Groton,  CT

PNY - Portsmouth Navy Yard - Kittery, ME
MINY - Mare Island Naval Shipyard - Mare Island, CA

 

ss199.jpg (22948 bytes)

 

SS-201_Triton.gif (90324 bytes)

Resource - Jane's Fighting Ships of WW II
1989 edition

 

 
  RESOURCE NOTES:
Product photo
United States Submarine Operations in World War II
By Theodore Roscoe
United States Naval Institute
George Banta Company Inc Copyright 1949
Product photo Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War Against Japan
By Clay Blair
J.B. Lippincott Company
Copyright 1975
Product photo Subs Against the Rising Sun:
U.S. Submarines in the Pacific

By Keith H. Milton
Yucca Free Press
Copyright 2000
Book Cover U. S. Submarines in World War II:
An Illustrated History of the Pacific

By Larry Kimmett & Margaret Regis
Navigator Publishing
Copyright 191996
 
   

 


 
Copyright © 2002 Valor At Sea

All rights reserved

 
  X