Allied Warships

Cobia (SS-245)

Submarine of the Gato class


USS Cobia being launched on 28 November 1943.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassGato 
Pennant245 
Built byElectric Boat Co. (Groton, Connecticut, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down17 Mar 1943 
Launched28 Nov 1943 
Commissioned29 Mar 1944 
End service19 Mar 1954 
History

Decommissioned 22 May 1946.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
Recommissioned 6 July 1951.
Decommissioned 19 March 1954.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
Stricken 1 July 1970.
Put on permanent display as a museum ship at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

 

Commands listed for USS Cobia (245)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Albert Lilly Becker, USN29 Mar 19443 Jul 1945
2Lt.Cdr. Frederick Neilson Russell, USN3 Jul 19459 Jan 1946

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3 Jun 1944
USS Cobia (Lt.Cdr. Albert Lilly Becker) arrived at Pearl Harbor from New London.

26 Jun 1944
USS Cobia (Lt.Cdr. A.L. Becker) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bonin Islands area.

6 Jul 1944
USS Cobia (Lt.Cdr. A.L. Becker) sank the Japanese guard boat Takamiya Maru (138 GRT) with gunfire east of Ogasawara-Gunto in position 28°54'N, 150°50'E.

13 Jul 1944
USS Cobia (Lt.Cdr. A.L. Becker) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ship Taishi Maru (2813 GRT) about 190 nautical miles north-west of Chichi Jima, Bonin Islands in position 27°25'N, 140°30'E.

18 Jul 1944
USS Cobia (Lt.Cdr. A.L. Becker) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary gunboat Unkai Maru No.10 (851 GRT) north-west of Chichi Jima in position 29°15'N, 139°10'E and the Japanese army cargo ship Nisshu Maru (7785 GRT) west of Chichi Jima in position 28°17'N, 139°00'E.

20 Jul 1944
USS Cobia (Lt.Cdr. A.L. Becker) sank the Japanese auxiliary submarine chasers Yusen Maru No.3 (193 GRT) and Kaio Maru No.2 (62 GRT) north-west of Ogasawara-Gunto in position 28°06'N, 141°32'E.

5 Aug 1944
USS Cobia (Lt.Cdr. A.L. Becker) sank the Japanese transport ship Yayoi Maru (495 GRT).

14 Aug 1944
USS Cobia (Lt.Cdr. A.L. Becker) ended her 1st war patrol at Majuro.

6 Sep 1944
USS Cobia (Lt.Cdr. A.L. Becker) departed from Majuro for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Luzon Strait.

5 Nov 1944
USS Cobia (Lt.Cdr. A.L. Becker) ended her 2nd war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

30 Nov 1944
USS Cobia (Lt.Cdr. A.L. Becker) departed from Fremantle for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

14 Jan 1945
USS Cobia (Lt.Cdr. A.L. Becker) torpedoed and sank the Japanese minelayer Yurijima (720 tons, offsite link) off the east coast of Malaya some 70 miles east of Kota Bharu in position 05°45'N, 103°13'E.

24 Jan 1945
USS Cobia (Lt.Cdr. A.L. Becker) ended her 3rd war patrol at Fremantle

18 Feb 1945
USS Cobia (Lt.Cdr. A.L. Becker) departed from Fremantle for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Java Sea.

26 Feb 1945
USS Cobia (Lt.Cdr. Albert Lilly Becker) sank two small Japanese vessels with gunfire in the Java Sea in position 06°07'S, 114°06'E, however she is damaged by return gunfire from one of the Japanese craft, this kills one crewman and damaged the radar equipment.

4 Mar 1945
USS Cobia (Lt.Cdr. A.L. Becker) interrupts her 4th war patrol at Fremantle to make repairs to her radar.

8 Mar 1945
With her repairs completed USS Cobia (Lt.Cdr. A.L. Becker) departed from Fremantle to continue her 4th war patrol.

15 Apr 1945
USS Cobia (Lt.Cdr. A.L. Becker) ended her 4th war patrol at Subic Bay, Philippines.

9 May 1945
USS Cobia (Lt.Cdr. A.L. Becker) departed from Subic Bay for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the gulf of Siam.

8 Jun 1945
USS Cobia (Lt.Cdr. A.L. Becker) torpedoed and sank the Japanese survey ship (used as transport) Hakusa (6799 tons) and the Japanese tanker Nanshin Maru No.22 (834 GRT) off southern French Indochina in position 08°56'N, 105°37'E.

18 Jun 1945
USS Cobia (Lt.Cdr. A.L. Becker) ended her 5th war patrol at Fremantle.

18 Jul 1945
USS Cobia (Lt.Cdr. Frederick N. Russell) departed from Fremantle for her 6th war patrol, and was ordered to patrol off Formosa.

22 Aug 1945
USS Cobia (Lt.Cdr. Frederick N. Russell) ended her 6th war patrol at Saipan.

Media links


U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret


U.S. Submarines Through 1945

Friedman, Norman


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