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IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY (JAPAN)

SUBMARINES

"IXC" and "IXC/40" classes ex-German submarines (1941-1943/1943-1944)

RO500 1944

RO501 1944

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
"IXC" class
500 <RO500> (ex-U511)   307 Deutsche Werft, Hamburg, Germany 2/1941 22/9/1941 12/1941 // 7/1943 surrendered 8/1945, scuttled 30/4/1946
"IXC/40" class
501 <RO501> (ex-U1224)   387 Deutsche Werft, Hamburg, Germany 11/1942 7/7/1943 10/1943 // 2/1944 sunk 13/5/1944

  

Displacement standard, t

915

Displacement normal, t

RO500: 1120 / 1212

RO501: 1125 / 1237

Length, m

76.8

Breadth, m

RO500: 6.80

RO501: 6.90

Draught, m

4.70

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 MAN diesels / 2 electric motors

Power, h. p.

4400 / 1000

Max speed, kts

18.2 / 7.3

Fuel, t

RO500: diesel oil 205

RO501: diesel oil 210

Endurance, nm

RO500: 13450(10) / 59(4)

RO501: 13850(10) / 63(4)

Armament

RO500: 1 x 1 - 105/42 SK C/32, 1 x 2 - 20/65 C/38, 6 - 533 TT (4 bow, 2 stern, 22)

RO501: 1 x 1 - 37/80 C/30, 2 x 2 - 20/65 C/38, 6 - 533 TT (4 bow, 2 stern, 22)

Sensors FuMO 29 radar, GHG hydrophone, FuMB 3 Bali, FuMB 6 Palau ECM suites

Complement

48
Diving depth operational, m 100

Ship project history:  First submarine was gifted to Japanese Emperor, second was built for Japanese Navy. Former of them arrived from Germany to Japan in May-August, 1943 with German crew. Latter undertook similar voyage already with Japanese crew.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: RO501 was sunk en route to Japan 13/5/1944 off Azores by US escort destroyer Francis M. Robinson.

RO500

Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14