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28-GO submarine chasers (1942-1944)

38-go 1945

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
28号駆潜艇 <28-go>(Ch28)   Nippon Kokan   30/1/1942 5/1942 sunk 2/2/1945
29号駆潜艇 <29-go>(Ch29)   Harima   10/12/1941 4/1942 sunk 18/2/1944
30号駆潜艇 <30-go>(Ch30)   Tamano   30/1/1941 5/1942 sunk 24/12/1944
31号駆潜艇 <31-go>(Ch31)   Ishikawajima   7/3/1942 6/1942 sunk 12/1/1945
32号駆潜艇 <32-go>(Ch32)   Nippon Kokan   22/5/1942 8/1942 sunk 24/9/1944
33号駆潜艇 <33-go>(Ch33)   Tamano   16/5/1942 8/1942 sunk 21/3/1945
34号駆潜艇 <34-go>(Ch34)   Harima   20/12/1941 8/1942 sunk 26/3/1945
35号駆潜艇 <35-go>(Ch35)   Hakodate   31/12/1942 2/1943 sunk 23/2/1945
36号駆潜艇 <36-go>(Ch36)   Ishikawajima   28/7/1942 10/1942 sunk 19/11/944
37号駆潜艇 <37-go>(Ch37)   Tamano   10/8/1942 10/1942 sunk 22/5/1945
38号駆潜艇 <38-go>(Ch38)   Nippon Kokan   31/8/1942 12/1942 captured 8/1945, to Soviet Union 10/1947
39号駆潜艇 <39-go>(Ch39)   Harima   26/5/1942 10/1942 sunk 16/2/1944
40号駆潜艇 <40-go>(Ch40)   Hitachi, Innoshima   1942 3/1943 sunk 19/2/1944
41号駆潜艇 <41-go>(Ch41)   Kawaminami, Koyagi   1942 1/1943 captured 8/1945, scuttled 11/7/1946
42号駆潜艇 <42-go>(Ch42)   Hitachi, Innoshima   1942 5/1943 sunk 10/8/1945
43号駆潜艇 <43-go>(Ch43)   Niigata   1942 4/1943 sunk 12/1/1945
44号駆潜艇 <44-go>(Ch44)   Kawaminami, Koyagi   1942 5/1943 captured 8/1945, BU 1948
45号駆潜艇 <45-go>(Ch45)   Hakodate   1943 10/1943 sunk 29/11/1944
46号駆潜艇 <46-go>(Ch46)   Hitachi, Innoshima   1943 9/1943 sunk 25/11/1944
47号駆潜艇 <47-go>(Ch47)   Kawaminami, Koyagi   1943 8/1943 captured 8/1945, to USA 10/1947, BU
48号駆潜艇 <48-go>(Ch48)   Niigata   1943 7/1943 sunk 14/7/1945
49号駆潜艇 <49-go>(Ch49)   Hakodate   1943 1/1944 captured 8/1945, to China 10/1947 (Yai Lung)
50号駆潜艇 <50-go>(Ch50)   Hitachi, Innoshima   1943 11/1943 sunk 18/7/1944
51号駆潜艇 <51-go>(Ch51)   Kawaminami, Koyagi   1943 11/1943 captured 8/1945, foundered 10/12/1945
52号駆潜艇 <52-go>(Ch52)   Naniwa   1943 11/1943 captured 8/1945, BU 1948
53号駆潜艇 <53-go>(Ch53)   Naniwa   1943 3/1944 sunk 28/11/1944
54号駆潜艇 <54-go>(Ch54)   Niigata   1943 11/1943 sunk 25/3/1944
55号駆潜艇 <55-go>(Ch55)   Hakodate   1943 5/1944 sunk 12/9/1944
56号駆潜艇 <56-go>(Ch56)   Naniwa   1944 7/1944 captured 8/1945, BU 1946
57号駆潜艇 <57-go>(Ch57)   Hakodate   1944 10/1944 sunk 12/6/1945
58号駆潜艇 <58-go>(Ch58)   Niigata   1943 1/1944 sunk 22/5/1945
60号駆潜艇 <60-go>(Ch59)   Niigata   1943 3/1944 captured 8/1945, BU 1948
61号駆潜艇 <61-go>(Ch60)   Niigata   1944 5/1944 sunk 9/1/1945
63号駆潜艇 <63-go>(Ch61)   Niigata   1944 6/1944 sunk 26/3/1945

 

Displacement standard, t

420

Displacement full, t

442

Length, m

46.5 pp 49.0 wl 51.0 oa

Breadth, m

6.70

Draught, m

2.63

No of shafts

2

Machinery

diesels

Power, h. p.

1700

Max speed, kts

16

Fuel, t

diesel oil
Armament

1 x 1 - 76/40 11-shiki, 2 x 1 - 13.2/76, 2 DCT (36)

Complement

80

 

Ship project history: First submarine chasers (Ch1, Ch3 and Ch4 classes) not quite satisfied Naval Staff: first of all insufficient seaworthiness and mediocre manoeuvrability were marked. In 1939 project of new chaser has been prepared. As a basis for it the same Ch and Ch4 have served, but at the expense of wider and shorter hull new ship differed by much better manoeuvrability and had very small tactical diameter. Big, in comparison with a prototype, depth has positively affected seaworthiness.

Under 4th Supplementary program of 1939 and additional program of 1940 15 chasers of Ch13 class have been built. Subsequently on War program of 1941/1942 62 more ships on slightly modified project (Ch28) were ordered: 34 ships from which entered service and remaining (Ch62, 64-89) were cancelled in 1943.

Modernizations: 1944, all survived: + 1 x 3 - 25/60 96-shiki, 1 DCR

 

Naval service: Ch39 was sunk 16/2/1944 off New Ireland by American aircraft. Ch29 was sunk off Truk 18/2/1944 by American aircraft of TF.58. Ch40 was sunk 19/2/1944 off New Ireland by American aircraft. Ch54 was sunk 25/3/1944 in 75nm N off Chichijima bu American submarine Pollack. Ch50 was sunk 18/7/1944 in 200nm W off Chichijima by American submarine Plaice. Ch55 was sunk 12/9/1944 NE off Cebu by American carrier aircraft. Ch36 was sunk 19/11/1944 off Subic Bay by American carrier aircraft. Ch46 was sunk 25/11/1944 off Masbate by American aircraft. Ch53 was sunk 28/11/1944 off Ormock Bay by American destroyers Waller, Saufley, Renshaw and Pringle. Ch45 was sunk 29/11/1944 W off Leyte by American aircraft. Ch30 was sunk 24/12/1944 NE off Sarawak, possibly by American submarine Barbero. Ch32 was sunk 24/12/1944 S off Mindoro by American carrier aircraft. Ch61 was sunk 9/1/1945 NW off Takao by American carrier aircraft. Ch31 was sunk 12/1/1945 W off Cape Padaran by American carrier aircraft. Ch43 was sunk 12/1/1945 in Camranh Bay by American carrier aircraft. Ch28 was sunk 2/2/1945 off Mindanao by American aircraft. Ch35 was sunk 23/2/1945 off Cape Padaran by American aircraft. Ch33 was sunk 21/3/1945 S off Cape Varella by American carrier aircraft. Ch34 was sunk 26/3/1945 E off Khota Andaman by British destroyers Saumarez, Volage, Vigilant and Virago. Ch63 was sunk at the same place 26/3/1945 by British destroyers Volage, Vigilant and Virago. Ch37 and Ch58 were sunk 22/5/1945 W off Tairashima by American carrier aircraft. Ch57 was sunk 12/7/1945 in 45nm NW off Sabang by British destroyers Tartar, Eskimo and Nubian. Ch48 was sunk by American aircraft 14/7/1945 off Kamaishi. Ch42 was damaged 3/8/1945 off Ozaki by American submarine and sunk in Onagawa Wan by American and British carrier aircraft 10/8/1945.

    Ch51 was captured in August, 1945 in severely damaged condition (after American air attack 7/3/1945) and foundered there 10/12/1945. Ch52 was captured in unserviceable condition.

37-go

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14