SM U-52

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For other ships of the same name, see German submarine U-52.
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SM U-52 (right) meeting U-35 (left)
Career (German Empire)
Name: U-52
Ordered: 23 August 1914
Builder: Germaniawerft, Kiel
Laid down: 13 March 1915
Launched: 8 December 1915
Commissioned: 16 March 1916
Fate: 21 Nov 1918 - Surrendered. Broken up at Swansea in 1922.
General characteristics
Class & type: German Type U 51 submarine
Displacement: 1060 tons total
Length: 62.2 m
Draught: 3.64 m
Test depth: ~50 m (164 feet)
Armament:

Deck gun: 88mm, 276 rounds, Torpedoes: 6

2/2 (bow / stern tubes) [1]
Service record
Part of: Imperial German Navy
Commanders: Hans Walther [1] 8 May 1916 - 18 Sep 1917
Johannes Spieß [2] 19 Sep 1917 - 29 Oct 1917
Siegfried Claaßen [3] 17 Nov 1917 - 28 Feb 1917
Waldemar Haumann [4] 1 Mar 1918 - 5 May 1918
Franz Krapohl [5] 6 May 1918 - 11 Nov 1918[2]
Operations: 4 patrols, 32 ships sunk (89,925 tons) and 5 ships damaged (13,707 tons).

SM U-52 was one of the 329 submarines serving in the Imperial German Navy in World War I. U-52 was engaged in the naval warfare and took part in the First Battle of the Atlantic.

Notable for sinking 2 warships, her first warship (and second kill) was the Royal Navy's light cruiser HMS Nottingham in the North Sea on Aug 19, 1916 at 55.34N, 00.12E. Thirty-eight men were lost.[3]

U-52's second warship kill was the French battleship Suffren, sunk 90 miles (140 km) west of Portugal at 39.30N, 11.00W.[4] on November 26, 1916. All 648 men were lost as the torpedo ignited a magazine and the ship sank within seconds.

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