New PDF release: Britain in Close-Up

By David McDowall

This full-colour research of up to date Britain examines features of British society from govt and politics, to tradition and elegance.

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Deck gun is fitted aft. The aircraft crane is shown in its upright position. (Ships of the World magaZine) STo (Sen-Toku or Special Submarine) Type This class comprised the largestJapanese submarines built during the war; in fact, they were the largest submarines ever built until the introduction of the US Navy's USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN-640) class of nuclearpowered ballistic missile submarines in 1965. The class took the Japanese fascination with operating aircraft from submarines to new levels, as they were designed to operate floatplane bombers against American cities.

Armament: Eight 21-in. 5-in. deck gun mounted aft; one twin 25mm antiaircraft gun was fitted on the conning tower. 5-in. deck gun and adding fittings for four kaiten. 1-47 was further modified in early 1945 to carry a total of six kaiten. War service: The three units of this class enjoyed no success during the war and two were sunk for their efforts. 1-46 was sunk by US destroyers in October 1944 off Leyte. After conversion into a kaiten carrier, 1-47 made extensive use of this weapon but postwar analysis indicated that her kaiten did no damage.

A Type 22 radar is fitted and the Japanese version of a snorkel is visible above the hinomaru. Aft of the snorkel is the boat's 25mm dual antiaircraft gun. (Kure Maritime Museum) C3/4 Types Due to wartime shortages, the C3 boats were fitted with inferior machinery, which resulted in a much-reduced surface speed. However, additional fuel storage gave a greater range. The number of torpedo tubes was also reduced. The first boat was laid down in March 1942 but the class was not completed until December 1943-April 1944.

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