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Natsushima Class, Japanese Minelayers


Photograph of Natsushima-class minelayer

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Specifications:


Tonnage

405 tons standard displacement

Dimensions

149'11" by 24'11" by 7'7"
45.69m by 7.59m by 2.31m

Maximum speed      

12.8 knots

Armament

2 3"/40 AA gun
2 machine guns
45 mines
Range
600 nautical miles (1110 km) at 10 knots
Modifications
1941-1942: One of the 3" guns removed to increase the capacity to 120 Type 4 mines


The Natsushimas were obsolescent craft built in 1911-1920. They were equipped with minesweeping gear.


Units in the Pacific:

Toshima     


Sunk by aircraft 1945-7-30 at Maizuru
Kuroshima     


Ashizaki     

Run aground and abandoned 1945
Katoku


Kurokami     


Katashima     


Enoshima     


Kurosaki


Ninoshima     


Washizaki


References
Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)

Worth (2001)



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