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USS Narwhal was a V5-class submarine laid down on May 10, 1927 and launched on December 17, 1929. It was commissioned on May 15, the following year under Lt. Cmdr. John H. Brown’s command with the hull number SS-167 and it served in the US Navy for 15 years before it was decommissioned on April 23, 1945. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 88 people on board and had the main missions in New England, New London, Mindanao, Hawaii or the Panama Canal Zone. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy Register on May 19, 1945 and sold for scrapping the same year. For the service brought to the country during the two World Wars, USS Narwhal received 15 battle stars.