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Gato (SS-212)
Class Line Drawings

Radio Call Sign: November - Echo - Charlie - Whiskey

Unit Awards, Campaign and Service Medals and Ribbons


Presidential Unit Citation

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Construction - Service


Gato Class Submarine: Laid down, 5 October 1940, at Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.; Launched, 21 August 1941; Commissioned USS Gato (SS-212), 31 December 1941; Decommissioned, 16 March 1946, at New York Naval Shipyard; Placed in service as a Naval Reserve Training vessel at New York and later Baltimore.; Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 1 March 1960; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 25 July 1960, to Northern Metals Co., Philadelphia, PA. Gato received the Presidential Unit Citation and 13 battle stars for service in World War II.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,526 t., Submerged: 2,424 t.; Length 311' 9"; Beam 27' 3"; Draft 15' 3"; Speed, Surfaced 20.25 kts, Submerged 8.75 kts; Complement 6 Officers 54 Enlisted; Operating Depth, 300 ft; Submerged Endurance, 48 hrs at 2 kts; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Cruising Range, 11,000 miles surfaced at 10 kts; Armament, ten 21" torpedo tubes, six forward, four aft, 24 torpedoes, one 3"/50 deck gun, two .50 cal. machine guns, two .30 cal. machine guns; Propulsion, diesel electric reduction gear with four General Motors main generator engines, HP 5400, Fuel Capacity, 97,140 gals., four General Electric main motors, HP 2740, two 126-cell main storage batteries, twin propellers.
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Gato 84k Three dimensional cutaway of the Gato (SS-212 / 284) class.
Photo courtesy of unlimiteddetails.com
Gato 146k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 138k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 176k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 130k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class, main and fuel ballast cut out.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 122k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class, special ballast and lubricating oil tanks cut out.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 132k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class, fuel ballast, normal fuel, expansion and collecting tanks cut out.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 166k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class, fresh, hot and battery water cut out.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 113k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the stern section of the Gato (SS-212) class.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 160k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class, main supply, exhaust, battery ventillation and engine induction hull valves cut out.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 185k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class, refrigerator liquid and control manifolds cut out.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 237k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class, primimg, triming and drainage systems cut out.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 169k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class, high pressure air and related systems cut out.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 188k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class, high pressure air and related systems cut out.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 123k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class, high pressure air and related systems cut out.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 235k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 161k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class, vent riser cut out.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 180k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class, external salvage connection cut out.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 180k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class, external salvage connection cut out.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 196k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class, oil, vent replinishing and supply and return cut out.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 179k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class, steering normal power and hand and emergency cut out.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 185k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class, bow and stern planes cut out.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 212k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class, oil and air pressure cut out.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 198k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class, oil and air pressure cut out.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 163k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class, oil and air pressure cut out.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 133k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class, anchor and forward sections cut out.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 210k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class, fuel oil & compensating water lines cut out.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 99k Line drawing of the General Arrangement of the Gato (SS-212) class, inboard profile cut out.
Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Gato 65k Gato (SS-212) 1-178 scale starboard bow view model.
Photo by Ken Hart.

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DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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