Built by Marti Yard in Nikolayev, USSR at Yard 198 and Dalzavod in Vladivostok, USSR at Yard 202. Laid down November 5, 1935. Launched July 9, 1937. Comissioned December 9, 1938.
Assigned to the Pacific Fleet at Vladivostok. Along with L-15 departs Petropavlovsk bound for the Baltic Sea where they
could operate against the Germans. The submarines planned to traveled from Petropavlovsk via Dutch Harbor, San Francisco, crossing the Panama Canal, to the Atlantic Ocean then via Halifax, Canada and the United Kingdom before proceeding to the Baltic Sea.
On October 11, 1942 traveling on the surface roughly 500 miles west of Seattle, the pair was spotted by Japanese submarine I-25 which mistook them for US Navy submarines and fired her single remaining torpedo. L-16 was hit and sank at approximately Lat 45.41N, Long 138.56W with the loss of the entire crew.
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October 23, 2019