Submarine Squadron 8 Plaque

Date:
C. 1940s

Submarine Squadron 8 operated in the Pacific Ocean in World War II. At times based in Pearl Harbor, Midway and Brisbane Bay, the squadron's submarines hunted enemy ships off New Guinea, the Bismarck and Solomon Islands. Its base provided refits and services to other submarines patrolling the area. The squadron included 13 submarines notably Balao, Bowfin and Greenling. These three boats destroyed 37 enemy vessels totaling 159,036 tons. As well as sinking enemy vessels, Squadron 8 carried out special operations to Midway, provided rescue for downed aviators and blockaded Japanese ports.

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.021.0007
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
credits:
Courtesy Dina Lee Steiner

Marlin Insignia And Signed Document

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.021.0008
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
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Torpedo Data Computer

Date:
C. 1940s

In World War II, submarines used a torpedo data computer (TDC) to calculate their firing solutions. The TDC recorded the submarines course and speed. Once an enemy ship was spotted, the periscope was raised and bearing were taken of its position. Later, radar also helped establish the coordinates of the target. This information was set on the dials of the TDC, which computed the angle of the torpedo track and the gyroscope setting before the torpedo was fired.

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.021.0009
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy

U.S.S. Patrick Henry

The Navy, inspired by German successes with the V-2 rocket and experimentation with an underwater V-2 launching system in World War II, worked to develop conventional and nuclear ballistic missile systems for American submarines. Under Vice Admiral William Raborn's direction, a 130-foot midsection for missile tubes was added to the already designed Skipjack-class nuclear submarines. Patrick Henry, the second of these new submarines, was commissioned 11 April 1960. Based continuously overseas at Holy Loch, Scotland, she completed 17 deterrent patrols from December 1960 to December 1964. Read more »

Description (physical):

L: 381' 8". Beam: 33'. Draft: 29'. Speed: 20+ knots (surfaced), 25+ knots (submerged).

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.021.0010
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
credits:
Courtesy Computer Sciences Corporation

U.S.S. Holland Name Plate

For decades Holland labored to produce a workable engine-powered submarine. Success finally came in 1898 when Holland, which revolutionized undersea warfare. The Navy purchased and commissioned the boat in 1900 after it passed a rigorous set of tests. The boat served as a training craft during her active career. Struck from the register in 1910, she was sold for scrap in 1913. The name plate was removed in 1930 when Holland was finally broken up in a Philadelphia scrap yard.

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.021.0011
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Submarine Battery

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.021.0013
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
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