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Wa-1 Class, Japanese Coastal Minesweepers


Specifications:


Tonnage 215 tons standard displacement
Dimensions
97'0" by 19'5" by 7'10"
29.5m by 5.92m by 2.39m
Maximum speed       9.5 knots
Armament 1 3"/40 AA gun
1 light machine gun
6 depth charges
Range
1700 nautical miles (3100 km) at 9.5 knots
Modifications
1943-1944: Each received 2-4 25mm/60 AA guns and 9 more depth charges


The Wa-1s were wooden-hulled trawlers lightly armed for minesweeping duty. They may have also been known as Type 3 minesweepers by the Japanese.


Units in the Pacific:

Wa-1     
Completed 1942-1-31       Sunk by aircraft 1942-5-4 at Tulagi
Wa-2
Completed 1942-2-28
Sunk by aircraft 1942-5-4 at Tulagi
Wa-3
Completed 1942-5-30
Sunk by aircraft 1945-7-24 at Surabaya
Wa-4
Completed 1942-6-29     
Sunk by aircraft 1944-7-19 at Dili
Wa-5
Completed 1942-6-30

Wa-6
Completed 1942-10-30     

Wa-7
Completed 1942-12-28     

Wa-8
Completed 1943-1-31
Sunk by aircraft 1944-10-21 off Panay
Wa-9
Completed 1943-4-14

Wa-13 Completed 1943-4-14
Wa-10     
Completed 1943-5-14     
Sunk by gunfire 1945-1-11 off Vigan
Wa-11     


Wa-12


Wa-14
Completed 1943-5-14

Wa-15


Wa-16


Wa-17


Wa-18


Wa-19


Wa-20


Wa-21
Completed 1943-6-15

Wa-22     
Completed 1943-10-20


References

Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)

USSBS (1945-10-30; accessed 2012-6-15)

Worth (2001)


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