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Soya, Japanese Munitions Ship


Photograph of munitions ship Soya

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Specifications:

Tonnage 3800 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 257'2" by 42'0" by 20'3"
78.38m by 12.80m by 6.17m
Maximum speed       12.4 knots
Complement
35
Armament 1 3"/40 AA gun
2 25mm/60 AA guns
10 depth charges
Machinery
1-shaft triple expansion reciprocating
2 boilers


The Soya was ordered by the Russiansbut requisitioned by the Japanese Navy at the start of the Second World War in 1939. She was completed as an ammunition ship/icebreaker for service in the northernmost reaches of Japan's empire, but ended up serving mostly in the South Seas. She survived the war and had a distinguished postwar career, including as an Antarctic research ship. She is now a museum ship at the Museum of Maritime Science in Tokyo.


References:

CombinedFleet.com (accessed 2011-7-2)

Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)


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