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USS D-3 (SS-19)
USS D-3 underway off New York City during the October 1912 Naval Review. USS Kearsarge (BB-5) is in the background
USS D-3 underway off New York City during the October 1912 Naval Review. Kearsarge is in the background.
Name: USS D-3
Builder: Fore River Shipbuilding, Quincy, Massachusetts
Launched: 12 March 1910
Commissioned: 8 September 1910, as USS Salmon
Decommissioned: 20 March 1922
Renamed: USS D-3, 17 November 1911
Fate: Sold for scrap, 31 July 1922
General characteristics
Class & type: D-class submarine
Displacement: 288 long tons (293 t)
Length: 134 ft 10 in (41.10 m)
Beam: 13 ft 11 in (4.24 m)
Draft: 11 ft 8 in (3.56 m)
Speed: 13 kn (15 mph; 24 km/h)
Complement: 15 officers and men
Armament: 4 × 18 in (460 mm) torpedo tubes

USS Salmon being launched in 1910

USS D-3 (SS-19) was a D-class submarine of the United States Navy. Her keel was laid down by Fore River Shipbuilding Company in Quincy, Massachusetts, under a subcontract from Electric Boat Company of Groton, Connecticut, as Salmon, making her the first ship of the United States Navy to be named for the salmon. Salmon was launched on 12 March 1910 sponsored by Miss R. Fitzgerald, and commissioned on 8 September 1910 with Lieutenant D. G. Weaver in command. She was renamed D-3 on 17 November 1911.

Service history[]

The new submarine joined the Atlantic Torpedo Fleet at Newport, Rhode Island. The torpedo fleet was active along the East Coast and made a cruise to the Caribbean Sea from 17 October 1912 – 20 January 1913 after which D-3 remained to serve with the forces operating in Mexican waters following the occupation of Veracruz. She rejoined the flotilla at Norfolk, Virginia on 16 June 1914 and with them visited Washington, DC, from 17–22 July, before returning to their homeport on 24 July. From 21 September 1917, D-3 served as flagship of Submarine Division 2 (SubDiv 2). She trained aspiring submariners at Newport and New London, Connecticut, until placed in commission, in reserve on 5 September 1919.

She was placed in ordinary on 15 July 1921. Towed into Philadelphia Navy Yard on 20 March 1922, D-3 was decommissioned the same day and sold on 31 July.


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