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USS Gato SS-212 Fleet Submarine 1942
Price: 39,40 EUR
Ref: RIIC-RS20001
Manufacturer: Riich Models
Family: Submarines 1/200
Approximate weight: 0.27 kg - 0.58 lb
Description: USS Gato SS-212 Fleet Submarine 1942

USS Gato (SS-212) was the lead ship of her class of submarine in the United States Navy. She was the first Navy ship named for the gato, a species of small catshark found in waters along the west coast of Mexico. Her keel was laid down 5 October 1940, by the Electric Boat Company of Groton, Connecticut. She was launched 21 August 1941 sponsored by Mrs. Royal E. Ingersoll, and commissioned 31 December 1941 with Lieutenant Commander William Girard Myers (Class of 1926) in command. After shakedown at New London, Connecticut, Gato departed 16 February 1942, for Pearl Harbor via the Panama Canal and San Francisco. On her first war patrol from Pearl Harbor (20 April – 10 June 1942), she unsuccessfully attacked a converted aircraft carrier 3 May before being driven away by the fierce depth charging of four destroyers off the Marshall Islands. On 24 May she was ordered to patrol the western approaches to Midway, taking station 280 miles (450 km) westward during the Battle of Midway. She served all over the WWII in the major Pacific battles. She served for a number of years as a Naval Reserve training ship at New York and later at Baltimore, Maryland, until her name was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 March 1960. She was sold for scrapping 25 July 1960, to the Northern Metals Company of Philadelphia.

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