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Tsubame Class, Japanese Minelayers


Photograph of Tsubame class minelayer

Wikimedia Commons


Specifications:


Tonnage 450 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 214'11" by 23'7" by 6'11"
65.51m by 7.19m by 2.11m
Maximum speed       19 knots
Complement 56-80
Armament 1 3"/40 AA gun
1 13mm/76 machine gun
120 mines
Machinery
2-shaft triple expansion (2500 ihp)
Modifications 1943-44: Refitted as escort vessels with 4 depth charge throwers and 36 depth charges


The Tsubames were completed in 1929-1934. They were hybrid minelayers/net tenders also intended for coastal antisubmarine defense.


Units in the Pacific:

Kamome

Takao       Torpedoed 1944-4-27 near 128.2E 27.6N by Halibut

Tsubame      

Takao      

Sunk by aircraft 1945-3-1 near Okinawa
Natsushima      
Sunk 1944-2-23 off New Ireland by Ausburne, Dyson, and Stanley
Nasami
Sunk by aircraft 1944-4-1 at Rabaul
Sarushima
Sunk by aircraft 1944-7-4 near 142.2E 27.1N


References

CombinedFleet.com (accessed 2008-4-3)

Gogin (2010; accessed 2013-4-19)

Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)

Worth (2001)



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