USS R-19 (SS-96)

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USS R-19 (SS-96) was an R-class coastal and harbor defense submarine of the United States Navy.


Construction and commissioning

R-19's keel was laid down by the Union Iron Works of San Francisco, California on 23 June 1917. She was launched on 28 January 1918 sponsored by Mrs. Robert L. Irvine, and commissioned on 7 October 1918 with Lieutenant Commander William F. Callaway in command.

United States Navy service

Following commissioning, which occurred one month before the Armistice with Germany ending World War I took effect, R-19 remained on the West Coast of the United States for nine months at San Pedro, California, until March 1919 then at San Francisco, California, undergoing overhaul, until June 1919. On 17 June 1919, R-19 got underway from the United States and commenced a transit to the Territory of Hawaii. Eight days later the submarine arrived at Pearl Harbor in the Territory of Hawaii and commenced almost twelve years of training submarine crews and testing equipment.

During July 1920, the hull classification symbol of R-19 was changed from "Submarine Number 96" to "SS-96."

On 12 December 1930, R-19 departed Pearl Harbor and commenced a transit to the Philadelphia Navy Yard at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. En route, the submarine called at San Diego, California; moved south to the Panama Canal Zone; negotiated the Panama Canal; then moved north through the Caribbean Sea and the coastal waters of the East Coast of the United States; and, finally, on up Delaware Bay and Delaware River to Philadelphia.

On 15 May 1931, R-19 was decommissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and placed in the reserve fleet at that shipyard, where she remained berthed at League Island for the next nine years.

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