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Diesel-Electric Submarines

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 6/17/2014

Prior to nuclear energy powering modern submarines, underwater boats took to using an effective combination diesel-electric system.


There are a total of 55 Diesel-Electric Submarines in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.

Ammiraglio Cagni
With coastline as long as that of Italy's, it behooved the nation to promote considerable naval firepower across the Mediter...
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Archimede (1939)
The Archimede was a diesel-electric powered attack submarine serving the Regia Marina of Italy during World War 2. She was bo...
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BNS Riachuelo (S40)
BNS Riachuelo (S40) is the lead ship of the emerging four-strong class of diesel-electric attack submarines for the modern Br...
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BNS Tikuna (S34)
Modern Brazilian naval capabilities has been slowly progressing with each passing decade and this is through necessity of def...
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CNS General Carrera (SS-22)
The Chilean government entered into an agreement with France and Spain to produce for it two conventionally-powered attack su...
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CNS Type 039 (Song)
When introduced for active service in June of 1999 with the People's Liberation Army Navy, the Type 039 submarine became the ...
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FS Rubis (1933)
During the latter half of the 1920s, the French Navy placed its mine-laying duties in the hands of the six-strong Saphir-clas...
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HIJMS RO-100 (Kaisho / Type KS)
Development and production of the RO-100 series (sometimes referred to as "Kaisho" or "small" or simply Type "KS") of Japanes...
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HMAS Collins (SSG-73)
When compared to the leading naval powers in the world today, it is easy to overlook Australia's undersea commitment which c...
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HMCS Victoria (SSK-876)
The Upholder-class were the last class of diesel boats built for the Royal Navy for a couple of reasons. Firstly, they were c...
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HMS Thames (N71)
HMS Thames led the new Thames-class (also "River-class") of attack submarines appearing during the early part of the 1930s fo...
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HMS Upholder (P37)
Ordered in 1936 HMS Upholder (P37) was the seventh U-class submarine built by the Vickers Armstrong company for the Royal Nav...
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HNLMS Dolfijn (S808)
The HNLMS Dolfijn (S808) ("Dolphin") is a Walrus-class, diesel-electric attack submarine currently (2013) in service with the...
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IJN Ha-201 (Type STS)
As the Allied noose tightened evermore so around the Japanese mainland by the midway point of the war in the Pacific, there w...
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IJN I-15
The most numerous of all the World War II Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) submarine classes was the B1-Type, nicknamed the "I-15...
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IJN I-201
Amidst mounting losses to Allied warships and attack aircraft across the Pacific, the Japanese Navy was forced to enact as em...
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IJN I-21
As an island nation, much of Japan's immediate success heading into World War 2 (1939-1945) lay in her naval power projection...
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IJN I-351
During 1943 to 1945 - what would become the latter half of World War (1939-1945) - the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) put effor...
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IJN I-400 (STo / Sen-Toku)
At the time of their completion, the I-400 class of submarines serving the Imperial Japanese Navy were the largest submarines...
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IJN I-58
The last Japanese submarine built in the B-3 type series family became the I-58. She was laid down on December 26th, 1942, la...
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IJN I-7 (J3 Type)
When launched on July 3rd, 1935, IJN I-7 and her sister-ship, IJN I-8 ,represented the largest submarines ever put to sea by ...
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JDS Oyashio (SS-590)
As an island nation, it behooves Japanese authorities to provide its people with a powerful naval fighting force made up of m...
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KD Tunku Abdul Rahman
KD Tunku Abdul Rahman is a conventionally-powered attack submarine currently in active service with the Royal Malaysian Navy....
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Kilo (Project 877 Paltus)
The Kilo-class submarine was laid down by the Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering and officially commissioned in Apr...
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NRP Arpao (S161)
NRP Arpao (S161) is an active-service diesel-electric attack submarine of the modern Portuguese Navy. Her keel was laid down ...
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SM U-106
Much is made about the German U-Boat scourge of World War 2 but the fleet was no less dangerous in its cause during World War...
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SM U-9
World War 1 allowed the "submarine" - essentially an undersea warship - to become as deadly a new weapon as the biplane and t...
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Type 209
The Type 209-class diesel-electric attack submarine was a West German export-minded product of the Cold War that allowed budg...
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Type I U-Boat
Prior to the more advanced classes of German U-boats to see service in World War 2 (1939-1945), the German government funded ...
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Type IX U-Boat
The German Kriegsmarine paid a heavy price for their actions in World War 2, with most of her Type IX class being lost to the...
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Type VII U-Boat
Type VII u-boats made up a large part of the u-boat fighting force in the Atlantic. This class of fighting ship helped the Ge...
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Type XXI U-Boat
The Type XXI series of German U-boats were a revolutionary design of fighting boats brought about in 1944. Their type was des...
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Type XXIII U-Boat
The Kriegsmarine Type XXIII were developed as smallish coastal submarines to operate in the shallow waters between England an...
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U-boat U-25 (Type IA)
Following World War 1 (1914-1918), the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 developed the Treaty of Versailles to formally restrict...
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U-boat U-505 (Type IXC)
U-505 served the German Kriegsmarine (Navy) during World War 2. She is infamously remembered for one of her captains committi...
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USS Bowfin (SS-287)
The USS Bowfin earned herself a grand reputation for her sea-going prowess in the Second World War. The vessel accounted for ...
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USS Drum (SS-228)
When the United States entered into war with the Empire of Japan, it understood its undersea fighting force would play a cruc...
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USS Gato (SS-212)
The USS Gato (SS-212) was the lead ship of the large Gato-class submarine fleet which numbered 77 boats and, along with the B...
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USS Growler (SSG-577)
USS Growler (SSG-577), a submarine powered by conventional diesel engines, carried nuclear cruise missiles and was built and ...
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USS Ling (SS-297)
The Ling (SS-297) is a late model Balao-class and was the result of an improved Gato-class submarine of which 77 were produce...
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USS Piranha (SS-389)
Key to victory in the Pacific Theater during World War 2 was control of the vital waterways between the various islands makin...
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USS Porpoise (SS-172)
USS Porpoise (SS-172) led her 10-strong class prior to and during World War 2 (1939-1945). The boat was a conventional diesel...
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