UB-148 at sea, a U-boat similar to UB-71.
|Ordered:||20 May 1916|
|Builder:||Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel|
|Cost:||3,276,000 German Papiermark|
|Launched:||12 July 1917|
|Commissioned:||23 November 1917|
|Fate:||sunk 21 April 1918 by depth charges off Menorca (Coordinates: ) by British warship, 32 dead|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||German Type UB III submarine|
|Length:||55.83 m (183 ft 2 in) (o/a)|
|Beam:||5.80 m (19.0 ft)|
|Draught:||3.67 m (12 ft 0 in)|
|Test depth:||50 m (160 ft)|
|Complement:||3 officers, 31 men|
SM UB-71 was a German Type UB III submarine or U-boat in the German Imperial Navy (German: Kaiserliche Marine) during World War I. She was commissioned into the German Imperial Navy on 23 November 1917 as SM UB-71.[Note 1]
She was built by Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft of Kiel and following just under a year of construction, launched at Kiel on 12 July 1917. UB-71 was commissioned later that same year under the command of Kptlt. Kurt Schapler. Like all Type UB III submarines, UB-71 carried 10 torpedoes and was armed with a 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun. UB-71 would carry a crew of up to 3 officer and 31 men and had a cruising range of 9,090 nautical miles (16,830 km; 10,460 mi). UB-71 had a displacement of 513 t (505 long tons) while surfaced and 647 t (637 long tons) when submerged. Her engines enabled her to travel at 13.2 knots (24.4 km/h; 15.2 mph) when surfaced and 7.6 knots (14.1 km/h; 8.7 mph) when submerged.
- "SM" stands for "Seiner Majestät" (English: His Majesty's) and combined with the U for Unterseeboot would be translated as His Majesty's Submarine.
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