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W-17 Class, Japanese Fast Minesweepers


Photograph of W-18, a W-17 class fast minesweeper

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Specifications:


Tonnage 578 tons standard
Dimensions
237'10" by 25'9" by 8'3"
72.49m by 7.85m by 2.51m
Maximum speed       19 knots
Armament 2 4.7"/45 dual-purpose guns
2 13mm/76 machine guns
Machinery
2-shaft geared turbine (3200 shp)
2 Kampon boilers
Range
2600 nautical miles (4800 km) at 12 knots
Modifications
1943-1944: Minesweeping gear replaced with  5 25mm/60 AA guns and  36 depth charges


The W-17s were completed in 1936. They were converted to escort use as the American submarine offensive became increasingly effective.


Units in the Pacific:

W-17      

2 Surprise Attack Force     

W-18

2 Surprise Attack Force Sunk by aircraft 1944-11-26 off Hainan


References

CombinedFleet.com (accessed 2008-4-3)

Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)

Worth (2001)



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