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USS Cod to sail from Cleveland for first time in more than 50 years

The Cod is headed to Erie for several weeks of repairs.

CLEVELAND — Editor's Note: The above video is from a previous story about the USS Cod during a Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony

For the first time in 58 years, the USS Cod is set to leave its dock in Cleveland.

This Sunday, the Cod will be towed east to Erie, Pennsylvania for six to eight weeks of hull repairs. 

"We're truly sad to miss out on our visitors coming aboard until we return, but we have to ensure Cod is shipshape for years to come," explained the USS Cod Submarine Memorial's Facebook page. 

The Cod was set to have its sendoff on Sunday at 2 p.m., however officials say that due to deteriorating weather, the towing tug will arrive in Cleveland at about 8 a.m. on Sunday with a departure soon after. 

The drydocking is funded in part by the Save America's Treasures grant program, administered by the National Park Service, US Department of the Interior.  

The USS Cod was launched in 1943 during the height of World War II. The submarine is credited with sinking more than 12 enemy vessels totalling more than 37,000 tons, and damaging another 36,000 tons of enemy shipping. All seven of her war patrols were considered successful and the Cod was awarded seven battle stars. 

Starting in 1959, the Cod started to serve as a naval reserve training vessel in Cleveland. The submarine also became popular with local school children who visited her on field trips. Since 1976, the Cod has been open for public tours and also stands as a memorial to the more than 3900 submariners who lost their lives during the 100 year history of the United States Navy Submarine Force.

In 1986, the U.S. Department of the Interior designated the Cod a National Historic Landmark.

Previous reporting about the USS Cod:

Editor's Note: The below video is from the 2019 Memorial Day service on board the USS Cod