Mark 17 torpedo

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Mark 17 torpedo
Type Anti-surface ship torpedo[1]
Place of origin United States
Service history
In service 1944–1950[1]
Used by United States Navy
Production history
Designer Naval Torpedo Station Newport
Naval Research Laboratory
Designed 1940[1]
Manufacturer Naval Torpedo Station Newport
Number built 450[1]
Weight 4600 pounds[1]
Length 288 inches[1]
Diameter 21 inches[1]

Effective firing range 18,000 yards[1]
Warhead Mk 17 Mod 3, HBX[1]
Warhead weight 879.5 pounds[1]
Mk 6 Mod 1 contact exploder[1]

Engine Turbine[1]
Propellant "Navol", concentrated hydrogen peroxide
Speed 46 knots[1]

The Mark 17 torpedo was a long-range, high-speed torpedo developed by the Naval Torpedo Station in Newport, Rhode Island and the Naval Research Laboratory in 1940. Development efforts on the Mark 17 were halted in 1941 in favor of producing Mark 13 and Mark 15 torpedoes during World War II; development resumed in 1944. Production of the Mark 17 began before development was complete and though 450 units were manufactured before the war was over, none of these were used in combat.[1]

The Mark 17 was discontinued about 1950.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Torpedo History: Torpedo Mk17". Retrieved 17 June 2013.