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SS-1 Class, Japanese Landing Ships


Photograph of SS-1 class landing ship

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Specifications:

Tonnage 948 tons
Dimensions
206'9" by 31'6" by 9'2"
63.0m by 9.6m by 2.8m
Maximum speed       13.5 knots
Armament
1 75mm AA gun
4 20mm AA guns
4 light machine guns
1 mortar
Depth charges
Machinery
Diesel (1200 shp)
Range
2000 nautical miles (3700 km) at 12 knots
Cargo
4 Type 97 tanks, 1 truck, and 170 troops
Modifications
1944-5: The 20mm guns were replaced with 25mm guns


The SS-1 landing ships were built for the Army by the Navy (which knew them as Type ES.) They were based on icebreaker hulls, which gave them the strength to beach themselves without significant damage.

About twenty of these ships were produced, mostly in 1943-1944.

References

Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)

Worth (2001)


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