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T-101 Class, Japanese Landing Ships


Photograph of T-101 class landing ship

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Specifications:

Tonnage 950 tons
Dimensions
264'0" by 29'10" by 9'6"
80.47m by 9.09m by 2.90m
Maximum speed       13.5 knots (diesel units)
16 knots (turbine units)
Complement
90
Armament
1 3"/40 AA gun
6 25mm/60 AA guns
Machinery
See discussion
Range
3000 nautical miles (5600 km) at 13.5 knots (diesel units)
2500 nautical miles (4600 km) at 14 knots (turbine units)
Cargo
One of:
  14 Type 95 7-ton tanks
  9 Type 97 15-ton tanks
  7 Type 2 amphibious tanks
  5 Type 3 amphibious tanks
  4-5 Type 4 amphibious tanks
  218 tons cargo
  120 SNLF plus 67.4 tons cargo
Modifications
1944-5: 8 25mm guns and 12 depth charges
1944-9: 21 25mm guns
1945: Type 22 radar


Also known as koryo or as Type SB, The T-101s were transports designed to carry landing craft and tanks.  They resembled the Allied LSMs. Most were turbine-powered (T-103s) but six were completed with diesel engines (T-101, T-102, T-127, T-128, T-149, T-150).

The design was regarded by the Army as a more cost-effective alternative to landing craft depot ships. About fifty of these craft were produced for the Navy and half that number were produced for the Army during 1942-1945.

References

Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)

Murray and Millett (1996)

Worth (2001)


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