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XB Class, German Submarines


Specifications:


Tonnage

1763 tons surfaced
2177 tons submerged

Dimensions

294'9" by 30'3" by 13'6"
89.8m by 9.20m by 4.71m

Maximum speed     

16.4 knots surface
7 knots submerged
Dive
to 490 feet
to 150 meters

Complement

52

Armament

2 21" torpedo tubes (15 torpedoes)
66 mines in 30 tubes
1 37mm gun
2x1 20mm gun
Machinery
2-shaft diesel (4200 hp) or electric (1100 hp)
Bunkerage
368 tons diesel fuel

Range

18,450 nautical miles (34,200 km) at 10 knots on surface
6750 nautical miles (12,500 km) at 16.9 knots on surface
188 nautical miles (350 km) at 2 knots submerged
93 nautical miles (170 km) at 4 knots submerged

The XBs were completed in 1949-41 and a number were allocated to the Indian Ocean, operating primarily out of Penang. They were minelaying submarines with double hulls, the mines and reserve torpedoes being stored between the pressure and outer hulls. They were more often used as supply ships than as minelayers, with the cargo containers stored in the mine tubes.


Units in the Pacific:

U-219     
Arrived 1944-12-11 (Batavia)    
Taken over by the Japanese 1945-5-8 as I-505

References

Bagnasco (1977)

Carpenter and Polmar (1986)

Uboat.net (accessed 2010-1-16)



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