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KAMOME coastal minelayers (1929)


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Tsubame 1930

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
鴎 [Kamome]     Osaka Zosen 10.1928 27.4.1929 8.1929 sunk 27.4.1944
燕 [Tsubame]     Mitsubishi, Yokohama 9.1928 24.4.1929 7.1929 sunk 1.3.1945


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

450

Displacement full, t557
Length, m63.0 pp 65.5 wl 68.8 oa
Breadth, m7.20
Draught, m2.10
No of shafts2
Machinery2 VTE, 2 Kampon boilers
Power, h. p.2500
Max speed, kts

19

Fuel, tcoal 45 + oil 35
Endurance, nm(kts)2500(10)
Armament

1 x 1 - 76/40 11-shiki, 1 x 1 - 13.2/76, 120 mines or nets

Electronic equipmentOV-gata hydrophone
Complement56


Standard scale images


<i>Kamome</i> 1941
Kamome 1941


Graphics


<i>Tsubame</i> 1930
Tsubame 1930


Project history


Built under the 1923 programme, were originally designed as coastal minelayers.

Modernizations


1943 - 1944, both: - mine capacity; + 4 DCT (36)

Naval service


Kamome 27.4.1944 was sunk at coast of Japan by US submarine Halibut. Tsubame 19.6.1943 was damaged by US submarine Gunnel, 1.3.1945 she was sunk at coast of Japan by US carrier aircraft.