March 19th, 1918 the S-16 submarine was constructed by the Torpedo Boat Company of Bridgeport Connecticut. Launched on December 23rd, 1919 and commissioned on December 17th,1920. She would serve under Lt. Commander Andrew C. Bennett and left New London, Connecticut on May 31st, 1921. Sailing through the Panama Canal the S-16 traveled to California, Hawaii, Guam, the Philippine Islands and reached her new base at Cavite, Luzon on December 1st, 1921. For the next several years she would be placed on many active duties and patrolled the waters off China, Japan and the Philippines.
November 3rd, 1924 the S-16 was ordered back to the U.S. and for the next 12 years she was to patrol the California coast, Hawaii and the Panama canal. May 22nd, 1935 the S-16 was decommissioned and sent to Philadelphia for dry dock.
With the involvement of the United States in WW-II the S-16 was recommissioned on December 2nd, 1940. During World War two she would patrol the eastern coast of the United States with voyages to Bermuda, St. Thomas and the Panama Canal zones. During the last stages of WW-II the S-16 was again decommissioned on October 4th, 1944 and struck from the Navy list.