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Coco Solo Submarine Base
Construction & Early Use

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C-boats 1.85k Coco Solo Submarine Base, Showing Officer's Quarters, Base Guard Bunk House & Mess Hall, 6 September 1917.Photo by Ernest Hallen, from the digital collection of Ron Armstrong, author of The Panama Canal, the Invisible Wonder of the World
C-boats 1.65k Coco Solo Submarine Base from Old Breakwater Dock, Showing Storehouses & Machine Shops, 6 September 1917. Photo by Ernest Hallen, from the digital collection of Ron Armstrong, author of The Panama Canal, the Invisible Wonder of the World
C-boats 735k Coco Solo Submarine Base. The Old Breakwater dock showing moorings. 6 September 1917.
The C-4 (SS-15) is moored on the left.
Photo by Ernest Hallen, from the digital collection of Ron Armstrong, author of The Panama Canal, the Invisible Wonder of the World
C-boats 882k Coco Solo Submarine Base. Dock and bay from machine shop. 6 September 1917. Photo by Ernest Hallen, from the digital collection of Ron Armstrong, author of The Panama Canal, the Invisible Wonder of the World
C-boats 514k Coco Solo Submarine Base. Completed North Quay Wall. Back View. 11 December 1917.Photo by Ernest Hallen, from the digital collection of Ron Armstrong, author of The Panama Canal, the Invisible Wonder of the World
C-boats 609k Coco Solo Submarine Base. Completed North Quay Wall. Front View. 11 December 1917. Photo by Ernest Hallen, from the digital collection of Ron Armstrong, author of The Panama Canal, the Invisible Wonder of the World
C-boats 728kCoco Solo Submarine Base: Oil Store House, 11 December 1917.
The submarines C-2 (SS-13), C-3 (SS-14), C-4 (SS-15); and C-5 (SS-16) appear in the upper left.
Photo by Ernest Hallen, from the digital collection of Ron Armstrong, author of The Panama Canal, the Invisible Wonder of the World
Solo 387k US Submarine base at Coco Solo, Panama 1923.
The R-26 (SS-103) is in the background with the white tarp over her fore deck.
The Submarine Chaser in the background is SC 285.
The O-3 (SS-64) & O-7 (SS-68) are in front of the R-26. The O-9 (SS-70) is next closest to the camera. The two boats in the foreground are the O-5 (SS-66) and a mystery "O" boat.
The O-5 reported to Coco Solo in January of 1923 and she sank 18 October 1923 with the loss of 2 lives.
Text courtesy of Ric Hedman.
Photo from the private collection of Ric Hedman.
R-9 733k R-9 (SS-86) taking on water from buoy, Chatham Bay, Coco's Island, Coco Solo, C.Z., 28 July 1941. USN photo # 80-G-466178 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Photo added 04/18/16.

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Building the Navy's Bases in World War II
COCO SOLO NAVAL BASE (NORTH AND SOUTH) -- HISTORY
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