Allied Warships

Dace (SS-247)

Submarine of the Gato class


USS Dace shortly after the war.

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassGato 
Pennant247 
Built byElectric Boat Co. (Groton, Connecticut, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down22 Jul 1942 
Launched25 Mar 1943 
Commissioned23 Jul 1943 
End service 
History

Decommissioned 12 February 1947.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
Recommissioned 22 October 1954.
Decommissioned 31 January 1955 and transferred to Italy the same day.
Commissioned into the Italian Navy as Leonardo Da Vinci (S-510).
Stricken by the U.S.N. 15 October 1972.
Deleted from the Italian Navy in 1973.
Sold for scrap 1 April 1975.

 

Commands listed for USS Dace (247)

Please note that we're still working on this section.

CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt.Cdr. Joseph Francis Enright, USN23 Jul 194328 Dec 1943
2Bladen Dulany Claggett, USN28 Dec 194321 Nov 1944
3Lt.Cdr. Otis Robert Cole, Jr., USN21 Nov 194410 Jul 1945

You can help improve our commands section
Click here to Submit events/comments/updates for this vessel.
Please use this if you spot mistakes or want to improve this ships page.

Notable events involving Dace include:


6 Sep 1943
With her trials and initial training completed, USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Enright, USN), departed New London, Connecticut for the Panama Canal Zone.

14 Sep 1943
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Enright, USN) arrived at Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone.

18 Sep 1943
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Enright, USN) transited the Panama Canal.

3 Oct 1943
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Enright) arrived at Pearl Harbor.

20 Oct 1943
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Enright) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters along the southeast coast of Honshu.

24 Oct 1943
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Enright) arrived at Midway to make repairs to one of her engines and to top off with fuel.

27 Oct 1943
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Enright) departed from Midway.

11 Dec 1943
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Enright) ended her 1st war patrol at Midway.

7 Jan 1944
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. B.D. Claggett) departed from Midway for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol between the Bismarck Archipelago and the Caroline Islands.

27 Jan 1944
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. B.D. Claggett) torpedoed and sank the Japanese auxiliary vessel Keikai Maru (2827 GRT) south of the Caroline Islands in position 03°45'N, 150°38'E.

2 Feb 1944
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. B.D. Claggett) topped off with fuel at Tulagi and then resumes her patrol.

25 Feb 1944
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. B.D. Claggett) ended her 2nd war patrol at Milne Bay, New Guinea.

16 Mar 1944
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. B.D. Claggett) departed from Milne Bay for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol south of the Philippines.

13 May 1944
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. B.D. Claggett) ended her 3rd war patrol at Brisbane, Australia.

13 Jun 1944
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. B.D. Claggett) departed from Brisbane for her 4th war patrol. Once again she was ordered to patrol south of the Philippines.

20 Jun 1944
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. B.D. Claggett) topped up with fuel at Manus.

27 Jul 1944
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. B.D. Claggett) torpedoed and sinks the Japanese fleet tanker Kyoei Maru No.2 (1192 GRT) about 90 nautical miles south of Zamboanga in position 05°25'N, 121°42'E.

12 Aug 1944
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. B.D. Claggett) ended her 4th war patrol at Brisbane.

1 Sep 1944
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. B.D. Claggett) departed from Brisbane for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Palawan Passage and Balabac Strait.

10 Sep 1944
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. B.D. Claggett) topped up with fuel at Darwin, Australia.

27 Sep 1944
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. B.D. Claggett) pulls into Mios Woendi to have her gyrocompass repaired.

3 Oct 1944
With the repairs to her gyrocompass completed USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. B.D. Claggett) departed from Mios Woendi.

10 Oct 1944
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. B.D. Claggett) is back in her patrol area.

14 Oct 1944
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. B.D. Claggett) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant tankers Eikyo Maru (6948 GRT) and Nittetsu Maru (5993 GRT) and damaged the merchant ore carrier Taizen Maru (5396 GRT) off north Borneo in position 06°05'N, 115°55'E.

23 Oct 1944
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. B.D. Claggett) torpedoed and sank the Japanese heavy cruiser Maya (13400 tons, offsite link) in position 09°27'N, 117°23'E.

24 Oct 1944
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. B.D. Claggett) takes on board the crew of her grounded sister ship USS Darter and then fired torpedoes at her doomed sister to scuttle her.

6 Nov 1944
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. B.D. Claggett) ended her 5th war patrol at Fremantle.

2 Dec 1944
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. O.R. Cole, Jr.) departed from Fremantle for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.

16 Dec 1944
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. O.R. Cole, Jr.) lays mines off Poulo Gambir, French Indo-China.

28 Dec 1944
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. O.R. Cole, Jr.) torpedoed and sank the Japanese supply vessel Nozaki (640 tons, offsite link) and damaged the Japanese army cargo ship Chefoo Maru (1934 GRT) off Cape Varella, French Indochina in position 12°36'N, 109°38'E.

17 Jan 1945
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. O.R. Cole, Jr.) enters Saipan to take on additional fuel.

26 Jan 1945
The Japanese merchant cargo ship Tamon Maru No.15 (6925 GRT) is sunk by a mine, laid on 16 December 1944 by USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. O.R. Cole, Jr.), off Gambir Island, French Indo-China in position 13°36'N, 109°18'E.

28 Jan 1945
USS Dace (Lt.Cdr. O.R. Cole, Jr.) ended her 6th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She is sent to the US west coast for a major overhaul.

25 May 1945
With her overhaul completed USS Dace (Cdr. O.R. Cole, Jr.) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol of the Kuril Islands.

29 May 1945
USS Dace (Cdr. O.R. Cole, Jr.) topped up with fuel at Midway.

8 Jun 1945
USS Dace (Cdr. O.R. Cole, Jr.) sank a Japanese trawler and a Japanese tug with gunfire east of Hokkaido, Japan in position 44°20'N, 146°39'E.

10 Jun 1945
USS Dace (Cdr. O.R. Cole, Jr.) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant cargo ship Hakuyo Maru (1391 GRT) in the Sea of Okhotsk about 120 nautical miles west of Shimushu Island in position 47°21'N, 149°07'E.

25 Jul 1945
USS Dace (Cdr. O.R. Cole, Jr.) ended her 7th war patrol at Midway.

13 Aug 1945
USS Dace sailed on to Saipan to prepare for her 8th war patrol.
After hostilities ended Dace was ordered back to Pearl Harbor, and on 5 October 1945 she arrived at New London on the US east coast.

Media links


Cruisers for Breakfast

Mansfield, John G., Jr.


U. S. Submarines in World War II

Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret


U.S. Submarines Through 1945

Friedman, Norman


Return to the Allied Warships section