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W-5 Class, Japanese Fast Minesweepers


Photograph of W-5 class minesweeper

Imperial Japanese Navy. Via Wikimedia Commons


Specifications:


Tonnage 625 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 250'2" by 26'6" by 7'6"
76.25m by 8.08m by 2.29m
Maximum speed       21 knots
Complement 91
Armament 2 4.7"/45 dual-purpose guns
1 3"/40 AA gun
1 heavy machine gun
2 depth charge throwers (18 depth charges)
Minesweeping gear
Machinery
2-shaft triple expansion reciprocating (4000 shp)
3 Kampon boilers
Bunkerage
176 tons coal
Range
2000 nautical miles (3700 km) at 14 knots
Modifications
1944: One 4.7" gun and minesweeping gear removed and replaced with 5 25mm/60 AA guns. Depth charge loadout increased to 36.


The W-5s were completed in 1929 at Uraga. They were essentially enlarged W-1s. Most were later assigned to escort duty.


Units in the Pacific:

W-5      


Sunk 1944-11-4 by Terrapin off Sumatra

W-6

Cam Ranh     

Sunk by Dutch aircraft 1941-12-26 off the northwest coast of Borneo


References

CombinedFleet.com (accessed 2012-6-23)

Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)

Worth (2001)


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