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IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY (JAPAN)

SUBMARINES

"Vickers L(4)" 2 class submarines (1923-1927)

RO60 1941

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
第59号艦 <59-go>, 11/1924- 呂60 <RO60>     Mitsubishi, Kobe 12/1921 22/12/1922 9/1923 wrecked 29/12/1941
第72号艦 <72-go>, 11/1924- 61 <RO61>     Mitsubishi, Kobe 6/1922 19/5/1923 2/1924 sunk 31/8/1942
第73号艦 <73-go>, 11/1924- 62 <RO62>     Mitsubishi, Kobe 9/1922 19/9/1923 7/1924 surrendered 8/1945, BU 1946
63 <RO63> (ex-第84号艦 <84-go>)     Mitsubishi, Kobe 4/1923 24/1/1924 12/1924 surrendered 8/1945, BU 1946
64 <RO64> (ex-第85号艦 <85-go>)     Mitsubishi, Kobe 10/1923 19/8/1924 4/1925 sunk 12/4/1945
65 <RO65> (ex-第86号艦 <86-go>)     Mitsubishi, Kobe 11/1923 25/9/1925 6/1926 sunk 4/11/1942
66 <RO66>     Mitsubishi, Kobe 12/1925 25/10/1926 7/1927 collision 17/12/1941
67 <RO67>     Mitsubishi, Kobe 3/1925 18/3/1926 12/1926 damaged 22/6/1945, never repaired
68 <RO68> (ex-第87号艦 <87-go>)     Mitsubishi, Kobe 2/1924 23/2/1925 10/1925 surrendered 8/1945, BU 1946

  

Displacement standard, t

988

Displacement normal, t

996 / 1322

Length, m

74.1 pp 76.2 oa

Breadth, m

7.38

Draught, m

3.77

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 Vickers diesels / 2 electric motors

Power, h. p.

2400 / 1600

Max speed, kts

16.5 / 9

Fuel, t

diesel oil 75

Endurance, nm(kts) 7000(10) / 85(4)
Armament

1 x 1 - 76/40 88-shiki, 1 x 1 - 7.7/87, 6 - 533 TT (bow, 10)

Complement

47 - 60

Diving depth operational, m

60

Ship project history: Vicker L(4) or (3 mod) type. Development of Vickers L(3), last Japanese licence-built submarines. They differed from predecessors by strengthened torpedo armament and also an arrangement of the gun, transferred from CT to a deck. Built under the 1921-1928 programme. Orders for No60 and 61 submarines were cancelled in 1921.

In 1942 RO62-64, 67 and 68 ere re-rated as training submarines.

Modernizations: none

Naval service: RO60 29/12/1941 ran ashore at northern end of Kwajalein, wrecked by a bad weather. RO61 was sunk 31/8/1942 at Atka (Aleutians) by US destroyer Reid and aircraft. RO65 ran ashore during evasion from attack of US aircraft 4/11/1942 at Kiska, later she was destroyed by aircraft. RO66 foundered 17/12/1941 after collision with RO62 N off Wake. RO64 was lost on a mine in Kobe area 12/4/1945.

RO62 was damaged 7/2/1942 at collision with RO61. RO67, under some data, 4/4/1945 was hard damaged on a mine in Internal Sea of Japan, 22/6/1945 she was hard damaged by US Army aircraft in Kure and stricken 20/7/1945.

 

RO68 1925

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14