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Sokuten Class, Japanese Minelayers


Movie still of Sokuten class minelayer

U.S. Navy. Via ibiblio.org


Specifications:


Tonnage 720 tons standard
Dimensions 247'8" by 25'9" by 8'6"
75.50m by 7.85m by 2.60m
Maximum speed       20 knots
Complement 56-80
Armament 2 Vickers 2pdr guns (Sokuten) or 1 3"/40 AA gun (Hirashima)
2 13mm/76 machine guns
120 mines
Machinery
2-shaft geared diesel (3600 ihp)
Bunkerage
35 tons diesel oil
Range
2550 nautical miles (4700km) at 14 knots
Modifications 1943: Bunkerage increased to 88 tons, increasing the range to 5000 nm (9300 km), and 4 depth charge throwers (36 depth charges) added.
1944: Selected units received 6-15 25mm/60 AA guns in place of the 13mm machine guns.


The Sokutens were completed in 1938-1942. They were small hybrid minelayers/net tenders. We include here the very similar Hirashima class, which had identical hulls and machinery and differed only in details of the armament. The differences tended to be erased as the ships were refitted.


Units in the Pacific:

Sokuten     


Sunk by aircraft 194-2-25 at Palau
Shirakami     

Sunk in collision with Nichiran Maru 1944-3-3 in the Kuriles
Naryu

Torpedoed 1945-2-16 off Honshu by Sennet
Kyosai


Ukishima     

Lost to unkown cause 1943-11-16 off Hatsushima
Hirashima     

Torpedoed 1943-7-27 near 127.7E 32.5N by Sawfish
Hoko
Completed 1941-12      
Sunk by aircraft 1943-9-28 off Buka
Ishizaki
Completed 1942-2-28     

Takashima     
Completed 1942-3-28     
Sunk by aircraft 1944-10-10 off Okinawa
Saishu
Completed 1942-4-25     

Niizaki
Completed 1942-8-31     

Yurijima
Completed 1942-11-25     
Torpedoed 1945-1-14 off Kota Baharu by Cobia
Nuwashima     
Completed 1942-11-15     

Maeshima     
Completed 1943-7-31


References

Gogin (2010; accessed 2013-4-6)

Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)

Worth (2001)


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