Wilk-class submarine

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Class overview
Name: Wilk
In commission: 12 April 1929 - 1955
Completed: 3
Lost: 0
General characteristics (at 1 September 1939)
Type: submarine
Displacement:
  • 980 tons (surfaced)
  • 1,250 tons (submerged)
Length: 78.5 m (257 ft 7 in)
Beam: 5.9 m (19 ft 4 in)
Draught: 4.2 m (13 ft 9 in)
Propulsion:
Speed:
  • 14.5 knots (26.9 km/h; 16.7 mph) surface
  • 9.5 knots (17.6 km/h; 10.9 mph) submerged
Range:
  • 3,500 nautical miles (6,500 km; 4,000 mi) @ 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
  • 100 nautical miles (190 km; 120 mi) @ 5 knots (9.3 km/h; 5.8 mph) submerged
Complement: 46–54
Armament:
  • 1 × 100 mm (3.9 in) deck gun
  • 2 × 13.2 mm (0.52 in) deck anti-aircraft heavy machine guns (mounted in place of 40 mm gun from 1935 onwards)
  • 4 × 550 mm (22 in) torpedo tubes, bow
  • 2 × 550 mm (22 in) (twin) rotating torpedo tubes, midship
  • 16 × 550 mm (22 in) torpedoes (6 in tubes and 10 reloads)
  • 40 × mines
Notes:

Wilk-class submarines of the Polish Navy included three boats: ORP Wilk, ORP Ryś and ORP Żbik. They served from 1931 until 1955. The boats were built in France. During World War II, one escaped to Britain and two were interned in Sweden.[1]

The class design was based on that of the French submarine Pierre Chailley, which had been laid down in 1917 and was in service from 1923 to 1936. Running with diesel engines, they all possessed mine-laying capabilities. They had a top speed of 14.5 knots (26.9 km/h; 16.7 mph) surfaced, and 9.5 knots (17.6 km/h; 10.9 mph) submerged.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Haarr, Geirr (Sep 24, 2013). The Gathering Storm: The Naval War in Northern Europe September 1939 - April 1940. Seaforth Publishing. p. 469. ISBN 1473831318. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 

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