Goto Class Submarine

Gato Class Submarine

The Gato class submarines were built during the second World War and, along with the Balao and Tench classes, represented the majority of all the submarines used by the United States Navy during the war.

Crew
6 officers + 54 enlisted men
Powerplant:
2 propellers driven by diesel or electric motors
 
Surfaced: - 4 x diesel engines
 
Submerged: - 4 x electric motors powered by batteries
Beam:
8.31m (27ft 3in)
Length:
95m (311ft 8in)
Draft:
5.2m (17ft)
Displacement:
Surfaced - 1,549tonnes (1,525tons) Submerged - 2,463tonnes (2,424 tons)
Max speed:
Surfaced - 39 kph (21 knots) Submerged - 17 kph (9 knots)
Range:
20,000km (11,00 nautical miles)
Depth:
90m (300ft)
Armament:
10 x 533mm (21 in ) torpedo tubes (6 forward + 4 aft) plus 24 torpedoes 1 x 4in / 50 calibre deck gun 2 x AA machine guns

The first boat in the class was USS Gato (SS-212) named after a species of small catshark. Her keel was laid down on October 5th 1940 and launched on August 21st 1941. She was commissioned on December 31st 1941 shortly after the Japanese strike at Pearl harbour. After a shake down she commenced her first war patrol on April 20th 1942 during which she patrolled the approaches to Midway at the time of the Japanese attack on the island. The Gato class submarine was fast; it had been designed to be part of an American task force and had to be able to keep up with the surface vessels. They had to be large enough to carry fuel and provisions for maintaining war patrols across the huge expanse of the Pacific Ocean for as long as two months at a time. As the war progressed each Gato was fitted with the latest technology, including larger deck guns , electric torpedoes and radar. The Tench class was an improved version of the Gato class, but was very similar apart from minor differences. The Balao class was developed from the Gato class. It had a thicker pressure hull that allowed it to dive up to 120m (400 ft), 30m (100 ft) more than the Gato class.

A Gato cruises on the surface to re-charge its batteries.
Gato's had a distinguished war career, accounting for three Japanese submarines and several aircraft carriers. The US Submarine service used it's submarines, many of which were Gatos', to establish a blockade around Japan; effectively denying Japanese industry access to vital raw materials such as oil and rubber. This was a tremendous achievement and played an important part in the defeat of Japan.
Stealth - Silently stalking her target, a Gato eases through the depths.
Silent Service - stealth and patience two essential qualities of a submarine attack
GATO CLASS
  • SS-212 USS-Gato
  • SS-213 USS-Greenling
  • SS-214 USS-Grouper
  • SS-215 USS-Growler
  • SS-216 USS-Grunion
  • SS-217 USS-Guardfish
  • SS-218 USS-Albacore
  • SS-219 USS-Amberjack
  • SS-220 USS-Barb
  • SS-221 USS-Blackfish
  • SS-222 USS-Bluefish
  • SS-223 USS-Bonefish
  • SS-224 USS-Cod
  • SS-225 USS-Cero
  • SS-226 USS-Corvina
  • SS-227 USS-Darter
  • SS-228 USS-Drum
  • SS-229 USS-Flying Fish
  • SS-230 USS-Finback
  • SS-231 USS-Haddock
  • SS-232 USS-Halibut
  • SS-233 USS-Herring
  • SS-234 USS-Kingfish
  • SS-235 USS-Shad
  • SS-236 USS-Silversides
  • SS-237 USS-Trigger
  • SS-238 USS-Wahoo
  • SS-239 USS-Whale
  • SS-240 USS-Angler
  • SS-241 USS-Bashaw
  • SS-242 USS-Bluegill
  • SS-243 USS-Bream
  • SS-244 USS-Cavalla
  • SS-245 USS-Cobia
  • SS-246 USS-Croaker
  • SS-247 USS-Dace
  • SS-248 USS-Dorado
  • SS-249 USS-Flasher
  • SS-250 USS-Flier
  • SS-251 USS-Flounder
  • SS-252 USS-Gabilan
  • SS-253 USS-Gunnel
  • SS-254 USS-Gurnard
  • SS-255 USS-Haddo
  • SS-256 USS-Hake
  • SS-257 USS-Harder
  • SS-258 USS-Hoe
  • SS-259 USS-Jack
  • SS-260 USS-Lapon
  • SS-261 USS-Mingo
  • SS-262 USS-Muskallunge
  • SS-263 USS-Paddle
  • SS-264 USS-Pargo
  • SS-265 USS-Peto
  • SS-266 USS-Pogy
  • SS-267 USS-Pompon
  • SS-268 USS-Puffer
  • SS-269 USS-Rasher
  • SS-270 USS-Raton
  • SS-271 USS-Ray
  • SS-272 USS-Redfin
  • SS-273 USS-Robalo
  • SS-274 USS-Rock
  • SS-275 USS-Runner
  • SS-276 USS-Sawfish
  • SS-277 USS-Scamp
  • SS-278 USS-Scorpion
  • SS-279 USS-Snook
  • SS-280 USS-Steelhead
  • SS-281 USS-Sunfish
  • SS-282 USS-Tunny
  • SS-283 USS-Tinosa
  • SS-284 USS-Tullibee
BALAO CLASS
  • SS-285 USS-Balao
  • SS-286 USS-Billfish
  • SS-287 USS-Bowfin
  • SS-288 USS-Cabrilla
  • SS-289 USS-Capelin
  • SS-290 USS-Cisco
  • SS-291 USS-Crevalle
  • SS-292 USS-Devilfish
  • SS-293 USS-Dragonet
  • SS-294 USS-Escolar
  • SS-295 USS-Hackleback
  • SS-296 USS-Lancefish
  • SS-297 USS-Ling
  • SS-298 USS-Lionfish
  • SS-299 USS-Manta
  • SS-300 USS-Moray
  • SS-301 USS-Roncador
  • SS-302 USS-Sabalo
  • SS-303 USS-Sablefish
  • SS-304 USS-Seahorse
  • SS-305 USS-Skate
  • SS-306 USS-Tang
  • SS-307 USS-Tilefish
  • SS-308 USS-Apogon
  • SS-309 USS-Aspro
  • SS-310 USS-Batfish
  • SS-311 USS-Archerfish
  • SS-312 USS-Burrfish
  • SS-313 USS-Perch
  • SS-314 USS-Shark
  • SS-315 USS-Sealion
  • SS-316 USS-Barbel
  • SS-317 USS-Barbero
  • SS-318 USS-Baya
  • SS-319 USS-Becuna
  • SS-320 USS-Bergall
  • SS-321 USS-Besugo
  • SS-322 USS-Blackfin
  • SS-323 USS-Caiman
  • SS-324 USS-Blenny
  • SS-325 USS-Blower
  • SS-326 USS-Blueback
  • SS-327 USS-Boarfish
  • SS-328 USS-Charr
  • SS-329 USS-Chub
  • SS-330 USS-Brill
  • SS-331 USS-Bugara
  • SS-332 USS-Bullhead
  • SS-333 USS-Bumper
  • SS-334 USS-Cabezon
  • SS-335 USS-Dentuda
  • SS-336 USS-Capitaine
  • SS-337 USS-Carbonero
  • SS-338 USS-Carp
  • SS-339 USS-Catfish
  • SS-340 USS-Entemedor
  • SS-341 USS-Chivo
  • SS-342 USS-Chopper
  • SS-343 USS-Clamagore
  • SS-344 USS-Cobbler
  • SS-345 USS-Cochino
  • SS-346 USS-Corporal
  • SS-347 USS-Cubera
  • SS-348 USS-Cusk
  • SS-349 USS-Diodon
  • SS-350 USS-Dogfish
  • SS-351 USS-Greenfish
  • SS-352 USS-Halfbeak
  • SS-361 USS-Golet
  • SS-362 USS-Guavina
  • SS-363 USS-Guitaro
  • SS-364 USS-Hammerhead
  • SS-365 USS-Hardhead
  • SS-366 USS-Hawkbill
  • SS-367 USS-Icefish
  • SS-368 USS-Jallao
  • SS-369 USS-Kete
  • SS-370 USS-Kraken
  • SS-371 USS-Lagarto
  • SS-372 USS-Lamprey
  • SS-373 USS-Lizardfish
  • SS-374 USS-Loggerhead
  • SS-375 USS-Macabi
  • SS-376 USS-Mapiro
  • SS-377 USS-Menhaden
  • SS-378 USS-Mero
  • SS-381 USS-Sand Lance
  • SS-382 USS-Picuda
  • SS-383 USS-Pampanito
  • SS-384 USS-Parche
  • SS-385 USS-Bang
  • SS-386 USS-Pilotfish
  • SS-387 USS-Piperfish
  • SS-389 USS-Piranha
  • SS-390 USS-Plaice
  • SS-391 USS-Pomfret
  • SS-392 USS-Sterlet
  • SS-393 USS-Queenfish
  • SS-394 USS-Razorback
  • SS-395 USS-Redfish
  • SS-396 USS-Ronquil
  • SS-397 USS-Scabbardfish
  • SS-398 USS-Segundo
  • SS-399 USS-Sea Cat
  • SS-400 USS-Sea Devil
  • SS-401 USS-Sea Dog
  • SS-402 USS-Sea Fox
  • SS-403 USS-Atule
  • SS-404 USS-Spikefish
  • SS-405 USS-Sea Owl
  • SS-406 USS-Sea Poacher
  • SS-407 USS-Sea Robin
  • SS-408 USS-Sennet
  • SS-409 USS-Piper
  • SS-410 USS-Threadfin
  • SS-411 USS-Spadefish
  • SS-412 USS-Trepang
  • SS-413 USS-Spot
  • SS-414 USS-Springer
  • SS-415 USS-Stickleback
  • SS-416 USS-Tiru
TENCH CLASS
  • SS-417 USS-Tench
  • SS-418 USS-Thornback
  • SS-419 USS-Tigrone
  • SS-420 USS-Tirante
  • SS-421 USS-Trutta
  • SS-422 USS-Toro
  • SS-423 USS-Torsk
  • SS-424 USS-Quillback
  • SS-435 USS-Corsair
  • SS-436 USS-Unicorn
  • SS-437 USS-Walrus
  • SS-464 USS-Chicolar
  • SS-475 USS-Argonaut
  • SS-476 USS-Runner
  • SS-477 USS-Conger
  • SS-478 USS-Cutlass
  • SS-479 USS-Diablo
  • SS-480 USS-Medregal
  • SS-481 USS-Requin
  • SS-482 USS-Irex
  • SS-483 USS-Sea Leopard
  • SS-484 USS-Odax
  • SS-485 USS-Sirago
  • SS-486 USS-Pomodon
  • SS-487 USS-Remora
  • SS-488 USS-Sarda
  • SS-489 USS-Spinax
  • SS-490 USS-Volador
  • SS-491 USS-Pompano
  • SS-492 USS-Grayling
  • SS-493 USS-Needlefish
  • SS-494 USS-Sculpin
  • SS-516 USS-Wahoo
  • SS-522 USS-Amberjack
  • SS-523 USS-Grampus
  • SS-524 USS-Pickerel
  • SS-525 USS-Grenadier
  • SS-526 USS-Dorado
  • SS-527 USS-Comber
  • SS-528 USS-Sea Panther
  • SS-529 USS-Tiburon