German submarine V-80

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German v80 midget submarine.jpg
Prototype German V-80 midget submarine at sea
Nazi Germany
Name: V-80
Builder: Germaniawerft, Kiel
Yard number: 597
Launched: 14 April 1940
Commissioned: Never commissioned
Fate: Scuttled, May 1945
General characteristics
Type: Type V midget submarine
Displacement: 76 t (75 long tons)
Length: 22.05 m (72 ft 4 in)
Propulsion: Walter turbine
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)
Range: 50 nmi (93 km; 58 mi)
Complement: 4 men
Armament: None

The V-80 (German: Versuchs-U-Boot V 80) was a 76-ton experimental submarine and the only representative of the German Type V design produced for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine.

The prototype was completed in 1940 in Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft in Kiel. The four-man vessel was designed to test the Walter hydrogen peroxide-based turbine propulsion system. Its range was 50 nmi (93 km; 58 mi) at 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph).

The only earlier attempt to use a chemical reaction based air-independent propulsion system was in the Spanish submarine the Ictineo II.

This midget submarine led to the design of the German Type XVII submarine.


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External links[edit]

  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "V-80". German U-boats of WWII - Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  • Helgason, Guðmundur. "The Walter U-boats". German U-boats of WWII - Retrieved 30 April 2015.