Uss V-3 (sf-6)

For other ships of the same name, see USS Bonita.
Career (United States)
Builder: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine[1]
Laid down: 16 November 1921[1]
Launched: 9 June 1925[1]
Commissioned: 22 May 1926[1]
Decommissioned: 4 June 1937[1]
Commissioned: 5 September 1940[1]
Decommissioned: 3 March 1945[1]
Struck: 10 March 1945[1]
Fate: Sold for breaking up, 4 October 1945[1]
General characteristics
Class & type: V-1 (Barracuda)-class composite direct-drive diesel and diesel-electric submarine[2]
Displacement: 2,119 tons (2,153 t) surfaced,[3] 2,506 tons (2,546 t) submerged[3]
Length: 341 ft 6 in (104.09 m)[3]
Beam: 27 ft 6⅝ in (9.4 m)[3]
Draft: 15 ft 2 in (4.62 m)[3]
Propulsion: 2 × Busch-Sulzer direct-drive 6-cylinder 2-cycle diesel engines, 2,250 hp (1,680 kW) each,[4][5] 2 × BuEng 6-cylinder 4-cycle diesel engines, 1,000 hp (750 kW) each, driving electrical generators,[4][5] 2 × 60-cell batteries,[3] 2 × Elliott electric motors, 1,200 hp (890 kW) each,[2][3] two shafts
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h) surfaced,[3] 9 knots (17 km/h) submerged[3]
Range: 6,000 nautical miles (11,000 km) @ 11 knots (20 km/h),[3] 11,000 nautical miles (20,000 km) @ 11 kn with fuel in main ballast tanks[3]
Endurance: 10 hours @ 5 knots (9 km/h)[3]
Test depth: 200 ft (60 m)[3]
Complement: 7 officers, 11 petty officers, 69 enlisted[3]
Armament: 6 × 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes (four forward, two aft),[3] 1 × 5-inch (127 mm)/51 cal deck gun[3]

USS Bonita (SF-6/SS-165), a Barracuda-class submarine and one of the "V-boats," was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for the bonito.

Her keel was laid down by the Portsmouth Navy Yard. She was launched on 9 June 1925 as V-3 sponsored by Mrs. L.R. DeSteiguer, wife of Rear Admiral DeSteiguer and commissioned on 22 May 1926, Lieutenant Commander Charles A. Lockwood, Jr. in command.

Service history

Inter-War Period

Assigned to Submarine Division 20 (SubDiv 20), V-3 cruised along the East Coast and in the Caribbean Sea until November 1927. With her division, she then transferred to the Pacific arriving at San Diego, California, on 17 December 1927. After service with SubDivs 12 and 20 along the Pacific coast and off Hawaii, she joined SubDiv 15 of the Rotating Reserve at Mare Island Navy Yard on 1 June 1932. She was renamed Bonita on 9 March 1931 and given hull classification symbol SS-165 on 1 July 1931.

Bonita rejoined SubDiv 12 in September 1933 and cruised in Caribbean Sea, West Coast, and Hawaiian waters through 1936. She departed San Diego, California on 20 January 1937 and arrived at Philadelphia Navy Yard on 18 February. She was placed out of commission in reserve at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 4 June 1937.

World War II

Recommissioned on 5 September 1940, she departed New London, Connecticut on 17 November for Coco Solo, Panama. Bonita patrolled in the Pacific, off Panama, until she returned to Philadelphia for overhaul in October 1942. Patrolling off the Maine coast until mid-1943, she then joined Submarine Squadron 1 (SubRon 1), SubDiv 13, on training duty out of New London. She remained on that duty until February 1945. Arriving at Philadelphia Navy Yard on 17 February, she was decommissioned 3 March and sold 28 October 1945.


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