K III-class submarine

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Hr. Ms. K III (4-sep-1920).jpg
K III
Class overview
Name: K III class
Builders: Koninklijke Maatschappij De Schelde, Vlissingen
Operators:  Royal Netherlands Navy
Preceded by: K II
Succeeded by: K V class
Built: 1915-1921
Completed: 2
General characteristics
Type: Submarine
Displacement: 583 tons surfaced (K III)
579 tons surfaced (K IV)
721 tons submerged
Length: 64.41 m (211 ft 4 in)
Beam: 5.6 m (18 ft 4 in)
Draught: 3.56 m (11 ft 8 in)
Propulsion: 2 × 900 bhp (671 kW) diesel engines (K III)
2 × 600 bhp (447 kW) diesel engines (K IV)
2 × 210 hp (157 kW) electric motors
Speed: 16.5 kn (30.6 km/h; 19.0 mph) surfaced (K III)
15 kn (28 km/h; 17 mph) surfaced (K IV)
8.5 kn (15.7 km/h; 9.8 mph) submerged
Range: 3,500 nmi (6,500 km; 4,000 mi) at 11 kn (20 km/h; 13 mph) on the surface
25 nmi (46 km; 29 mi) at 8.5 kn (15.7 km/h; 9.8 mph) submerged
Complement: 29
Armament: 2 × 18 inch bow torpedo tubes
2 × 18 inch external-traversing forward of the bridge

The K III class was a class of two patrol submarines, built by Koninklijke Maatschappij De Schelde in Vlissingen for the Royal Netherlands Navy. Used for patrols in the Dutch colonial waters. The submarines diving depth was 40 metres (130 ft). The design for the double hulled boats came from the American Electric Boat Company.

Construction[edit]

Name Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned
K III 15 July 1915 12 August 1919 9 July 1920 1934
K IV 30 December 1915 2 July 1920 27 April 1921 1936

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