USS S-7 (SS-112)
USS S-7 (SS-112) was a second-group ( or "Government") S-class
United States S class submarine
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 of the United States Navy
United States Navy
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. Her keel was laid down on 29 January 1918 by the Portsmouth Navy Yard. She was launched
Ship naming and launching
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 on 5 February 1920 sponsored by Mrs. Henry L. Wyman, and commissioned
Ship commissioning
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 on 1 July 1920 with Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant commander (United States)
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 Sherwood Picking in command.

S-7 sailed from New London, Connecticut
New London, Connecticut
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 on 18 November 1920 to rendezvous with S-boats of Submarine Division 18 (SubDiv 18) and her own division — SubDiv 12 — off New Hampshire
New Hampshire
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. They proceeded via the Panama Canal
Panama Canal
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 to Hawaii
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, arriving at Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
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 on 15 April 1921. Departing Pearl Harbor on 3 November, they reached Cavite
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, Luzon
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, Philippine Islands, on 1 December. This was the longest cruise on record, at that time, for American submarines.

S-7 remained in the Philippines over the next three years except for annual spring visits to Shanghai
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, Chefoo, Chinwangtao, Amoy
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, Tsingtao
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, and Woosung
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, China
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. She finally departed Cavite on 29 October 1924 for Mare Island, California, arriving there on 30 December.

S-7 remained at Mare Island through 1925 and operated along the West Coast in 1926, mainly at San Francisco
San Francisco, California
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, San Pedro, and San Diego, California
San Diego, California
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. Sailing from San Francisco on 17 February 1927, she operated in the Panama Canal area from March-April, arrived at New London on 3 May, and spent the rest of the year operating along the New England
New England
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 coast. S-7 served in the Panama Canal area from February-April 1928, from January-April 1929, and from January-March 1930, with the remainder of those years in the northeast.

Departing New London on 22 October, S-7 was decommissioned at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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, on 3 April 1931, and was struck from the Naval Vessel Register
Naval Vessel Register
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on 25 January 1937.
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