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    JAPANESE WW2 SUBMARINES - PT 3




    I-58 Late War Configurations

    I-58 B3 Type Submarine

    I-55 C3 Type Submarine

    I-176 KD7 Type Kaidai Submarine

    RO-33 Type Kaichu Submarine

    I-202 Sen Taka Type Submarine

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    JAPANESE WW2 SUBMARINES - ARTWORK
    (NOTE: These are BIG pics, if you want the full sized ones drop me a PM and I will e-mail them to you no problem)

    HIJMS Chogei (Jingei Class) Submarine Tender

    Chogei with several of the RO Boats in her SUBRON

    Chogei and RO-107 at Truk

    Japanese I-8 meets the German U-161 in mid-Atlantic on her way to Brest, France 1943

    Submarine I-400 at Sea

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    JAPANESE WW2 SUBMARINES

    A few interesting pics I ran across.........

    I-501 (ex-German U-181) and I-502 (ex-German U-862) both Type IXD2 subs, moored alongside the Heavy Cruiser HIJMS Myoko at Singapore, 1945


    Drawing of RO-500 (ex-German U-511) a Type IXC/40

    RO-500 in harbor 1943

    Japanese Officers raising the flag on RO-501 (ex-German U-1224) a Type IXC/40
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    My favorite has to be the Type XXI U-boat.

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    I-25 a Type B1 submarine launching her 'Glen'


    IJN Type B1 submarine cross-section

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    Oh My God! Wow! Thanks Firechief, and keep em coming if you have anymore. Ill post some more Guppy related stuff this afternoon and some Charlie pics as well.

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    Thanks Jetsetter for that type21. Very nice. Do you have any of the mod type 21 Wilhelm Bauer?
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    Here we are with a few CharliesClick image for larger version. 

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    Ok, Here we go with some more Fleet boat related stuff.Click image for larger version. 

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    Perry9, thanks for those rare, rare Alpha pictures!!!

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    #1. [SIZE=2]Bow on view of Remora (SS-487) coming alongside a destroyer. (She had both the GUPPY II & III conversions - seen as a GUPPY II here - Later went to the Greek Navy)[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]#2 Cutlass (SS-478) at Genoa Italy, 29 June 1968 (GUPPY II - went to the Taiwaneese Navy)[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]#3 Spanish Navy SNS Isaac Peral (S-32) (ex-USS Ronquil SS-396 GUPPY IIA Type) served in Spanish Navy 1971 - 1987
    [/SIZE][SIZE=2]#4 Odax (SS-484) surfaced and underway circa 1947-51 (The first GUPPY I boat - no snorkel and only one periscope)[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]#5 [/SIZE][SIZE=2]Sea Robin's (SS-407) overhaul at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard 1967-68 (GUPPY IA Type)[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]#6 Atule (SS-403) at the Charleston Yard, 1966. (GUPPY IA Type) *Strange pic, it appears ATULE is actually behind the sub kicking up the spray and it looks like a GUPPY III boat, NOTICE the 'PUFFS' sonar on the bow - ATULE was a IA - she didn't have them)[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]#7 Volador (SS-490) sporting the MK44 torpedo through her sail courtesy of the King (DLG-10) in August 1960 (GUPPY II Type here - later was converted to GUPPY III and went to Italian Navy) (DAMN! Would like to her the story on this one!)[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]#8 Bow on view of Remora (SS-487) departing Mare Island on 20 Oct 1947. She was departing for initial sea trials after her Guppy II conversion at Mare Island which ran from 14 Feb to 18 Nov 1947[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]#9 Grampus (SS-523) with a fiberglass deficiency at the Norfolk Navy Yard for overhaul, circa mid 1960's. (GUPPY II Type - later went to the Brazilian Navy)[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]#10 The Sabalo (SS-302) comes to the aid of the Stickleback (SS-415) after being rammed by Silverstein (DE-534) off Honolulu, HI, 30 May 1958 (Sabalo was a FLEET SNORKEL MOD - Stickleback was a GUPPY IIA)[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]#11 Starboard stern view of the Volador (SS-490) in San Francisco Bay, 11 December 1965 (GUPPY III Conversion)[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=2]#12 Volador (SS-490) in drydock at Hunters Point August 61. Still a GUPPY-II at the time, just before hull was cut open at Control/Forward Battery bulkhead,slid apart 15' and a new hull section added on the Control side[/SIZE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireChief View Post
    [SIZE=2]#7 Volador (SS-490) sporting the MK44 torpedo through her sail courtesy of the King (DLG-10) in August 1960 (GUPPY II Type here - later was converted to GUPPY III and went to Italian Navy) (DAMN! Would like to her the story on this one!)[/SIZE]
    They were participating in an ASW exercise and bad conditions plus a cheeky technician came together to put a fish in Volador's sail:
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    October 21, 2004

    To amplify what was written; the torpedo was a Mk 44 (not 46). Normally the Mk 44 had cut-off switches in it to prevent the torpedo from striking the sub and it had a limited run time. Our torpedo was slightly different, we had a NOSOPAC Technician onboard at the time that asked the question; "that sub is rigged for impact, isn't it?". When he got an affirmative response, he went into the torpedo and bypassed the cut-off switches and while he was there, he extended the run-time by 3 additional minutes.

    We had all kinds of problems that day, the sonar kept breaking down, the sonar conditions were poor, we could not hold contact on the sub except at close range. ASROC required a minimum range of 1000 yds, so when we would open up to a 1000 yds, we would lose contact. With these poor ranges and problems with sonar, Capt. Bustard was getting slightly impatient, and would call down to sonar frequently to give us words of encouragement (LOL).

    Finally, in desperation we picked up the sub on one ping, beyond a 1000 yds, and immediately started feeding the information to the computer, by the third ping the computer had a solution, we fired the ASROC on the fourth ping, and on the fifth ping the sonar broke down! We had announced to the Valador that we had a torpedo (BLOOD HOUND) in the water and a few minutes later the sub reported that he had heard nothing of our torpedo. A few seconds later he called to say he was coming to the surface "Emergency" and believed he had our torpedo on-board! The rest is history.

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    Thanks Halidon, interesting reading.

    Since reading that I have found that in the early days of the MK.44 torpedo, accidents like that weren't that 'rare' as you would expect them to be.

    Here is a photo of the USS GRAMPUS SS-523 taken in the 1960's. If you will note the red arrow on the pic it points to a good sized "Dent" in the after casing behind the engine exhausts that was caused by a "rogue" torpedo that was suposed to be set to go under the sub during the exercise but homed right in on it's target like it was built to. Good thing they made them tough back in the good old days.



    Another pic of VOLADOR with her "extra" equipment

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    Thnaks for sharing.

    WTF was a japanese sub doing in France in 1943 ?

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    Keep it up guys! Thank to all of you for these good photos!

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