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53-GO submarine chaser (1937)

253-go 1944

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
53号駆潜艇 <53-go>(Ch53), 5/1943 - 253号駆潜特務艇 <253-go>(Cha253)   Fujinagata, Osaka 1/1937 15/7/1937 10/1937 tug Eisen 1651 2/1944

 

Displacement standard, t

170

Displacement full, t

180

Length, m

43.2 pp 44.5 wl 45.0 oa

Breadth, m

4.80

Draught, m

1.73

No of shafts

2

Machinery

geared steam turbines, 2 Kampon boilers

Power, h. p.

3000

Max speed, kts

23

Fuel, t

oil
Armament

1 x 1 - 40/62 HI 91-shiki, 2 DCT (18)

Complement

41

 

Ship project history: Built under 2nd Supplementary of 1934. In the design assignment the requirement to create smaller, comparing with Ch1 class, chaser, but not yielding to latter on efficiency, was put. One of ships (Ch53) as experiment received steam turbine propelling plant. Series has appeared unsuccessful, chasers were distinguished by bad manoeuvrability (designers corrected this lack only after aft end reconstruction and redesigning of a rudder).

 

Modernizations: 1943: DC stowage was increased to 20 - 30.

 

Naval service: In May, 1943 Ch53 was re-rated to auxiliary submarine chaser Cha253 and in 1944 converted to tug.

 

253-go

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14