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Pa Class, Japanese Patrol Boats


Specifications:


Tonnage 238 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 97'9" by 20'1" by 7'8"
29.79m by 6.12m by 2.34m
Maximum speed       9 knots
Armament 2 25mm AA guns
3 13mm/76 machine guns
depth charges
Range 3500 nautical miles (6500 km) at 9 knots
Modifications 1945-1: 4 25mm AA guns, 2 4.7" rocket launchers, 12 depth charges


The Type Pa patrol boat was basically a fishing boat design, built of wood and equipped with sails and intended to be converted to civilian use after the war. Incredible as it may seem, there were incidents where these craft actually succeeded in dropping depth charges on American submarines (albeit without doing significant damage) even though the more modern American submarines were about as fast submerged as these craft were on the surface! The Pas usually operated somewhat like Q-ships, attacking submarines that assumed they could be safely ignored.

About 40-odd craft of this type were completed in 1945.

References

Blair (1975)

Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)

Worth (2001)



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