R-klasse (1918)

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R-klasse (1918)

Berichtdoor Leopard » 24 jan 2009, 16:11

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R-1 (24 April 1918), R-2 (25 April 1918), R-3 (8 June 1918), R-4 (8 June 1918)

Builder: Chatham

R-7 (14 May 1918), R-8 (28 June 1918)

Builder: Barrow

R- 9 (12 August 1918), R- 10 (5 October 1918)

Builder: Armstrong

R-11 (16 March 1918), R-12 (9 April 1918)

Builder: Cammell Laird

Displacement: 410 tons (surfaced), 503 tons (submerged)

Dimensions: 153990 x 15930 x 11960

Machinery: 1 diesel engine, 1 electric motor, 1 shaft. 240 bhp/1200 shp = 9.5/15 knots

Range: 2000 nm at 8 knots surfaced; submerged characteristics unknown

Armament: 6 x 180 torpedo tubes (bow), total 12 torpedoes

Complement: 22

Notes: The Admiralty designed this class as fast boats that could overtake and sink enemy submarines. The hull cross-section duplicated that of the H class: the hull form was similar, and the whole external form was streamlined for superior underwater performance. Machinery was half an H-class installation. The bow compartment contained five powerful, sensitive hydrophones with suitable direction-finding equipment to locate and target submarines underwater. These boats met all expectations, but the end of World War I seemed to terminate their mission; they were discarded in February 1923.
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