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IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY (JAPAN)

SUBMARINES

"Ko-gata A1" command submarines (1941-1942)

I9 1944

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
9 <I9>   Kure K K 1/1938 20/5/1939 2/1941 sunk 11/6/1944
10 <I10>   Kawasaki, Kobe 6/1938 20/9/1939 10/1941 sunk 4/7/1944
11 <I11>   Kawasaki, Kobe 4/1940 28/2/1941 5/1942 sunk 11/1/1944

  

Displacement standard, t

2434

Displacement normal, t

2934 / 4149

Length, m

108.4 pp 112.0 wl 113.7 oa

Breadth, m

9.55

Draught, m

5.36

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 Kampon diesels / 2 electric motors

Power, h. p.

12400 / 2400

Max speed, kts

23.5 / 8

Fuel, t

diesel oil 220

Endurance, nm(kts) 16000(16) / 60(3)
Armament

1 x 1 - 140/40 11-shiki, 2 x 2 - 25/60 96-shiki, 6 - 533 TT (bow,18), 1 catapult, 1 seaplane (E14Y1)

Complement

114

Diving depth operational, m

100

Ship project history: Ko-Gata A1 type. Three submarines of "model A" (Ko-Gata) were built under 3rd (1937) and 4th (1939) Supplementary programs. Project was developed on the basis of Junsen 3 type cruiser submarine. Intended for usage both in a role of flag ships of submarine task forces and for a retranslating of radio messages of ship groups acting at great distance from bases, were equipped with powerful radio translating equipment. In comparison with previous Junsen 3 type, location of aviation armament was changed: from stern it have transferred to fore end, seaplanes launched fwd by the course. Watertight spacy hangar has been fulfilled in common complex with CT. Double-hulled, endurance was about 90 days.

4 more submarines of this type, provided by the 1939 program, have refused and reordered under other projects. Also two submarines included in the 1942 program (Nos 700 and 701) have not been laid.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: I11 after 11/1/1944 was lost in Samoa area (possibly mined). I9 was lost in Aleutian area (possibly sunk 13/6/1944 at Kiska by American destroyer Frazier). I10 was sunk in Saipan area 4/7/1944 by American destroyer David W. Taylor and escort destroyer Riddle.

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Ivan Gogin, 2008-14