Okinoshima, Japanese Minelayer

Photograph of minelayer Okinoshima

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Tonnage 4400 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 391'4" by 51'8" by 18'0"
119.28m by 15.75m by 5.49m
Maximum speed       20 knots
1 catapult
1 seaplane
Armament 4 5.5"/50 guns
2 3"/40 AA guns
2 13mm/76 AA guns
500 mines
22 depth charges
2-shaft geared turbine (9000 hp)
4 boilers
Range 9000 nautical miles (17,000 km) at 10 knots

The Okinoshima was a hybrid minelayer/escort vessel built in 1936. She was with the Gilbert Islands Force when war broke out. She was torpedoed on 11 May 1942 in the Bismarck Sea by S-42 and capsized while being towed back to Rabaul. Repair ship Shoei Maru was torpedoed by a different submarine while under way to assist Okinoshima.

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