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Shiretoko Class, Japanese Oilers


Photograph of Shiretoko-class oiler

Wikimedia Commons


Specifications:


Tonnage 14,050 tons
Dimensions 470'8" by 58'0" by 26'6"
143.46m by 17.68m by 8.08m
Maximum speed       14 knots
Complement
160
Armament 2 5.5"/50 guns
2 3"/40 AA guns
4 13mm/76 machine guns
Machinery
2-shaft triple expansion reciprocating (5,850 shp)
4 Miyazaki boilers
Bunkerage
1350 tons coal
1000 tons oil
Cargo
8000 tons oil


The Shiretokos were older but still serviceable oilers equipped for underway replenishment. They were constructed by Kawasaki-Kobe in 1920-1924. The class is sometimes known as the Notoro class, after the first unit launched, but Notoro had been converted to a seaplane tender by the time war broke out in the Pacific.

Because there was regular heavy tanker traffic between Japan and the U.S. West Coast during the interwar years, the Japanese Navy installed extensive electronics gear on the Shiretokos for signals intelligence. These oilers regularly conducted clandestine monitoring of U.S. fleet activities betwee 1924 and 1939.


Units in the Pacific:

Shiretoko     
Kwajalein     

Erimo     
Magong
Torpedoed and beached 1942-3-4 at Bali by S-39
Shiriya     
Midway Neutralization Force
Torpedoed 1943-9-21 off Keelung by Trigger
Sata     
Sasebo
Sunk by aircraft 1944-3-30 at Palau
Tsurumi     
Hahajima Torpedoed 1942-8-5 off Davao by Cero
Iro     
Wake Invasion Force
Sunk by aircraft 1944-3-30 at Palau



References:

CombinedFleet.com (accessed 2009-11-7)

Evans and Peattie (1997)

Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)


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