German Type UC II submarine

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Two Type UC II submarines alongside Austro-Hungarian depot ship Amphitrite at Gjenovic, Bocche di Cattaro, in the Adriatic Sea
Class overview
Builders:
Operators:  Kaiserliche Marine
Preceded by: UC I
Succeeded by: UC III
Cost: 1,729,000–2,141,000 German Mark
Built: 1916–1918
In commission: 1916–1918
Building: 64
Planned: 64
Completed: 64
Lost: 46
General characteristics
Type: Coastal minelaying submarine
Displacement:
  • 400–434 t (394–427 long tons) surfaced
  • 480–511 t (472–503 long tons) submerged
Length: 49.35–53.15 m (161.9–174.4 ft) o/a
Beam: 5.22 m (17.1 ft)
Draught: 3.65 m (12.0 ft)
Propulsion:
  • 2 shafts
  • 6-cylinder diesel engines, 500–600 PS (370–440 kW; 490–590 shp)
  • Siemens-Schuckert electric motors, 460–620 PS (340–460 kW; 450–610 shp)
Speed:
  • 11.6–12 knots (21.5–22.2 km/h; 13.3–13.8 mph) surfaced
  • 6.7–7.4 knots (12.4–13.7 km/h; 7.7–8.5 mph) submerged
Range:
  • 7,280–10,040 mi (11,720–16,160 km) at 7 knots (13 km/h; 8.1 mph) surfaced
  • 52–60 mi (84–97 km) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 50 m (160 ft)
Complement: 3 officers, 23 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
1 periscope
Armament:
  • 2 × 50 cm (19.7 in) external bow torpedo tubes
  • 1 × internal stern tube (7 torpedoes)
  • 1 × 8.8 cm (3.5 in) or 10.5 cm (4.1 in) deck gun
  • 1 machine gun
  • 18 × Type UC 200 mines in 6 internal chutes

Type UC II minelaying submarines were used by the Imperial German Navy during World War I. They displaced 417 tons, carried guns, 7 torpedoes and up to 18 mines. The ships were double-hulled with improved range and seakeeping compared to the UC I type.

If judged only by the numbers of enemy vessels destroyed, the UC II is the most successful submarine design in history: According to modern estimates, they sank more than 1800 enemy vessels.[1]

List of Type UC II submarines[edit]

There were 64 Type UC II submarines commissioned into the Imperial German Navy.

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References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur. "U-boat War in World War One". Uboat.net. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Gröner, Erich; Jung, Dieter; Maass, Martin (1991). U-boats and Mine Warfare Vessels. German Warships 1815–1945. 2. Translated by Thomas, Keith; Magowan, Rachel. London: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-85177-593-4. 
  • Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1906–1922