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W-13 Class, Japanese Fast Minesweepers


Photograph of W-13

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Specifications:


Tonnage 691 tons standard displacement
Dimensions
242'9" by 26'11" by 6'9"
73.99m by 8.20m by 2.06m
Maximum speed       20 knots
Armament 2 4.7"/45 dual-purpose guns
2 heavy machine guns
Depth charges
Machinery
2-shaft vertical triple expansion (3200 ihp)
2 Kampon boilers
Range
2600 nautical miles (4800 km) at 12 knots
Modifications
1944: Minesweeping gear removed. Rearmed with 5 25mm/60 AA guns and 36 depth charges.


The W-13s were completed in 1933-34. They were rebuilt after the Tomozuru capsized in a typhoon, forcing the Japanese to evaluate the stability of all their ship designs. The redesign reduced the speed and increased the tonnage but ensure stability.


Units in the Pacific:

W-13      

3 Surprise Attack Force     
Sunk 1942-1-12 by coastal batteries off Tarakan

W-14     

3 Surprise Attack Force Sunk 1942-1-12 by coastal batteries off Tarakan

W-15     

1 Surprise Attack Force Torpedoed 1945-3-5 by Tilefish and beached at Akuseshima (129.5E 29.5N)

W-16     

1 Surprise Attack Force Mined 1943-9-11 off Makassar


References

CombinedFleet.com (accessed 2007-1-7)

Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)

Worth (2001)



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