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USS Narwhal Submarine on December 7, 1941
Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii

A picture of USS Narwhal submarine at a submarine base, looking toward the U.S. Naval Shipyard at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

USS Narwhal at Submarine Base
Photo Credit: United States Navy

The USS Narwhal Submarine (SS-167) was one of five submarines docked at a Pearl Harbor submarine station when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Within a few muinutes of the first bombs being dropped on Ford Island the submarine's gunners assisted in the destruction of two Japanese torpedo planes. Here is the official USS Narwhal report from that morning:

USS Narwhal Report on the Pearl Harbor Attack

SS167/A16-3 / USS Narwhal / Pearl Harbor, T.H. December 12, 1941 FROM: The Commanding Officer
TO: The Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet
SUBJECT: Raid of December 7, 1941
REFERENCE: (a) CinCPAC desp. 102102 of Dec. 1941

    -On the morning of December 7, 1941, this vessel was moored in berth S-9 and the Submarine Base in the usual condition of readiness with all anti-aircraft armament (two .50 cal. and two .30 cal. machine guns) and ready ammunition readily accessible on bridge and in conning tower.

    -The Dock Duty Chief at the gangway saw the first bomb drop and explode on Ford Island. He immediately sounded the Air Raid alarm. The duty section, in command of the Duty Officer, mounted and manned the anti-aircraft guns in accordance with the ship's Air Raid Bill, and it is estimated that the guns were firing in about four minutes.

    -By this time torpedo planes were coming in at low altitudes and fire was initially directed at the nearest of these targets. Thereafter, firing was continued at every opportunity when enemy planes came within effective range. One enemy torpedo plane, at which numerous ships, including Narwhal, were firing exploded and crashed in the channel about 100 yards astern of Narwhal prior to launching its torpedoes. Personnel are reasonably sure that Narwhal scored hits on one other plane which came under our fire and banked and turned at close range. This plane emitted white smoke and appeared to be wobbly as it disappeared low in a direction over the Navy Yard Officers' Club.

    -All officers and enlisted personnel conducted themselves cooly and bravely. There were no individual instances of outstanding distinguished conduct.
    -There were no personnel nor material casualties.

Copy to: CSF, CSSF

Facts About the USS Narwhal Submarine (SS-167)
-Builder: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine
-Built: May 10, 1927
-Launched: December 17, 1928
-Commissioned: May 15, 1930
-Was docked in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941
-1st War Patrol: February 2 to March 28, 1942
-2nd War Patrol: May 28 to June 13, 1942
-3rd War Patrol: July 7 to August 26, 1942
-Overhauled at Mare Island (September 1942 to April 1843)
-4th War Patrol: April 30 to May 25, 1943
-5th War Patrol: June 26 to August 7, 1943
-6th War Patrol: August 31 to October 2, 1943
-7th War Patrol: October 23 to November 22, 1943
-8th War Patrol: November 25 to December 18, 1943
-9th War Patrol: January 18 to February 15, 1944
-10th War Patrol: February 16 to March 20, 1944
-11th War Patrol: May 7 to June 9, 1944
-12th War Patrol: June 10 to July 7, 1944
-13th War Patrol: August 12 to September 10, 1944
-14th War Patrol: September 14 to October 5, 1944
-15th War Patrol: October 11 to November 1 1944
-Decommissioned: April 23, 1945

See also:
- All of the Ships Attacked at Pearl Harbor
- Photos of the Pearl Harbor Attack
- Planning a Visit to Pearl Harbor
- Aerial Photos of Pearl Harbor Today
- Introduction to Pearl Harbor
- Military Bases in Hawaii

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