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USS Seal (SS-183)

Summary
USS Seal (SS-183), a , was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the seal, a sea mammal valued for its skin and oil. Construction and commissioning Seal′s keel was laid down on 25 May 1936 by the Electric Boat Company in Groton, Connecticut. She was launched on 25 April 1937 at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, sponsored by Mrs. Rosemary G. Greenslade, wife of Lieutenant (later Rear Admiral) John F. Greenslade and daughter-in-law of Rear Admiral John W. Greenslade. Seal was commissioned on 30 April 1937, Lieutenant Karl Goldsmith Hensel, commanding. Service history Inter-war period Following an extended shakedown cruise in the Caribbean and a post-shakedown yard period, Seal departed New England in late November and proceeded to the Panama Canal Zone to commence operations out of her home port, Coco Solo. Arriving on 3 December, she conducted local operations off Balboa, Panama, and off Coco Solo into January 1939, then proce
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