O 19-class submarine

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HNLMS. O 19 (Holy Loch).jpg
HNLMS O 19
Class overview
Name: O 19
Builders: Fijenoord, Rotterdam
Operators:  Royal Netherlands Navy
Preceded by: O 16
Succeeded by: O 21 class
Built: 1936-1939
Completed: 2
General characteristics
Type: Submarine
Displacement: 1109 tons surfaced
1491 tons submerged
Length: 80.7 m (264 ft 9 in)
Beam: 7.41 m (24 ft 4 in)
Draught: 3.87 m (12 ft 8 in)
Propulsion: 2 × 2,650 bhp (1,976 kW) diesel engines
2 × 500 bhp (373 kW) electric motors
Speed: 19.5 kn (36.1 km/h; 22.4 mph) surfaced
9 kn (17 km/h; 10 mph) submerged
Range: 10,000 nmi (19,000 km; 12,000 mi) at 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph) on the surface
27 nmi (50 km; 31 mi) at 8.5 kn (15.7 km/h; 9.8 mph) submerged
Complement: 40
Armament: 4 × 21 inch bow torpedo tubes
4 × 21 inch stern torpedo tubes
Mine tubes: 2 x 10 external shafts amidships each side.

The O 19 class was a class of two submarines, built for the Royal Netherlands Navy by Fijenoord, Rotterdam. The ships were designed as submarine minelayer for operations in both European and colonies waters. The class comprised O 19 and O 20 and were the first submarines in the world to be equipped with a submarine snorkel that allowed the submarine to run its diesel engines while submerged. The submarines diving depth was 100 meters. These units were very similar to earlier Polish Orzel class submarines, with a reduced torpedo battery and 10 vertical mine tubes fitted on each beam.[1]

Construction[edit]

The ships were originally laid down as K XIX and K XX but later renamed O 19 and O 20.

Name Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned
O 19 15 June 1936 22 September 1938 3 July 1939 10 July 1945 (scuttled)
O 20 15 June 1936 31 January 1939 28 August 1939 19 December 1941 (sunk/scuttled)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fontenoy, Paul E. (2007). Submarines: An Illustrated History of Their Impact (Weapons and Warfare). ABC CLIO. p. 267. ISBN 1851095632. 

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