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KD6B Class, Japanese Submarines


Specifications:


Tonnage

1420 tons standard
1810 tons surfaced
2564 tons submerged

Dimensions

344'6" by 26'11" by 15'1"
105.00m by 8.20m by 4.60m

Maximum speed      

23 knots (surfaced)
8 knots (submerged)
Dive to 250 feet (76 meters)

Complement

60-84

Armament

1 5"/50 dual-purpose gun
2 13mm/76 machine guns
6 21" torpedo tubes (14 torpedoes)
Machinery
2-shaft diesel (9000 hp) or electric (1800 hp)
Bunkerage 350 tons diesel oil
Range 10,000 nautical miles (19,000 km) at 16 knots surfaced
65 nautical miles (120 km) at 3 knots submerged

The KD6Bs were completed between 1934 and 1938. They were ordered at a time when the Navy was emphasizing crash construction of carriers, cruisers and destroyers, and their design was basically a repeat of the  KD6As with some minor improvements.


Units in the Pacific:

I-74      

between French Frigate Shoals and Midway      

Renamed I-174 on 1942-5-20. Sunk by aircraft 1944-4-12 off Truk.

I-75

southwest of Oahu

Renamed I-175 on 1942-5-20. Sunk by Charrette and Fair 1944-2-5 near Wotje.


References

Carpenter and Polmar (1986)

CombinedFleet.com (accessed 2 January 2007)

Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)

Worth (2001)


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