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Hatsushima Class, Japanese Cable Ships


Photograph of HJMS Hatsushima

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Specifications:


Tonnage

1564 tons standard displacement

Dimensions

262'3" byt 35'5" by 11'7"
79.93m by 10.80m by 3.53m

Maximum speed      

14 knots

Armament

1 3"/40 AA gun
2 13mm/76 machine guns
21,870 yards (20,000 meters) of cable
2 depth charge throwers
12 mines
Machinery
2-shaft reciprocating (2300 ihp)
2 coal-fired boilers
Sensors
4 sets of hydrophones
Modifications
1943-1944: Depth charges removed and 13mm guns replaced by 6 25mhttp://www.combinedfleet.com/Densenfusetsusen.htmm/60 AA guns. Mine capacity increased to 120 mines.


The Hatsushimas (Hashimas in some sources) were cable ships with limited minelaying capability. Completed in 1940-1941, they could carry or retrieve 12 miles (20 km) of cable, either for securing Type 92 wired mines or telegraph cables.

Units in the Pacific:

Hashima     

Yokosuka Guard Force     
Torpedoed 1945-5-28 off Mikizaki by Sennet
Tsurushima     
Saeki Guard Force

Odate
Sasebo Guard Force
Torpedoed 1945-3-27 off Kyushu by Trigger
Tateishi
Maizuru Guard Force
Sunk by aircraft 1945-3-21 off Cam Ranh Bay

References
CombinedFleet.com (accessed 2011-12-17)

Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)

Worth (2001)



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