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    Diesel-Electric Submarines

    Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/6/2016

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





    There are a total of (64) Diesel-Electric Submarines in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




    1940
    Ammiraglio Cagni
    With coastline as long as that of Italy's, it behooved the nation to promote considerable naval fir... [Read More]
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    1939
    Archimede (1939)
    The Archimede was a diesel-electric powered attack submarine serving the Regia Marina of Italy durin... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Archimede (1939)

    2017
    BNS Riachuelo (S40)
    BNS Riachuelo (S40) is the lead ship of the emerging four-strong class of diesel-electric attack sub... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the BNS Riachuelo (S40)

    2006
    BNS Tikuna (S34)
    Modern Brazilian naval capabilities has been slowly progressing with each passing decade and this is... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the BNS Tikuna (S34)

    1999
    CNS Type 039 (Song)
    When introduced for active service in June of 1999 with the People's Liberation Army Navy, the Type ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the CNS Type 039 (Song)

    2006
    CS General Carrera (SS22)
    The Chilean government entered into an agreement with France and Spain to produce for it two convent... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the CS General Carrera (SS22)

    2005
    CS O'Higgins (SS23)
    CS O'Higgins (SS23) is one of two Scorpene-class diesel-electric attack submarines fielded by the na... [Read More]
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    1912
    E-class (series)
    When Britain committed to World War 1 in 1914, the E-class submarine formed the primary underwater f... [Read More]
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    1933
    FS Rubis (1933)
    During the latter half of the 1920s, the French Navy placed its mine-laying duties in the hands of t... [Read More]
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    1942
    HIJMS RO-100 (Kaisho / Type KS)
    Development and production of the RO-100 series (sometimes referred to as "Kaisho" or "small" or sim... [Read More]
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    1996
    HMAS Collins (SSG-73)
    When compared to the leading naval powers in the world today, it is easy to overlook Australia's und... [Read More]
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    1969
    HMAS Onslow (SS60 / SSG60)
    Australia's first submarine was HMAS AE1 commissioned in 1914 just prior to World War 1 (1914-1918).... [Read More]
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    2004
    HMCS Chicoutimi (SSK-879)
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    2000
    HMCS Victoria (SSK-876)
    The Upholder-class were the last class of diesel boats built for the Royal Navy for a couple of reas... [Read More]
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    1932
    HMS Thames (N71)
    HMS Thames led the new Thames-class (also "River-class") of attack submarines appearing during the e... [Read More]
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    1940
    HMS Upholder (P37)
    Ordered in 1936 HMS Upholder (P37) was the seventh U-class submarine built by the Vickers Armstrong ... [Read More]
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    1993
    HNLMS Dolfijn (S808)
    The HNLMS Dolfijn (S808) ("Dolphin") is a Walrus-class, diesel-electric attack submarine currently (... [Read More]
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    1945
    IJN Ha-201 (Type STS)
    As the Allied noose tightened evermore so around the Japanese mainland by the midway point of the wa... [Read More]
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    1940
    IJN I-15
    The most numerous of all the World War II Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) submarine classes was the B1-... [Read More]
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    1945
    IJN I-201
    Amidst mounting losses to Allied warships and attack aircraft across the Pacific, the Japanese Navy ... [Read More]
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    1941
    IJN I-21
    As an island nation, much of Japan's immediate success heading into World War 2 (1939-1945) lay in h... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN I-21

    1945
    IJN I-351
    During 1943 to 1945 - what would become the latter half of World War (1939-1945) - the Imperial Japa... [Read More]
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    1944
    IJN I-400 (STo / Sen-Toku)
    At the time of their completion, the I-400 class of submarines serving the Imperial Japanese Navy we... [Read More]
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    1944
    IJN I-58
    The last Japanese submarine built in the B-3 type series family became the I-58. She was laid down o... [Read More]
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    1937
    IJN I-7 (J3 Type)
    When launched on July 3rd, 1935, IJN I-7 and her sister-ship, IJN I-8 ,represented the largest subma... [Read More]
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    1960
    JDS Oyashio (SS-511)
    The Japanese Navy was stripped of much of its war-making capability following the close of World War... [Read More]
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    1998
    JDS Oyashio (SS-590)
    As an island nation, it behooves Japanese authorities to provide its people with a powerful naval fi... [Read More]
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    2009
    JDS Soryu (SS-501)
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    2009
    KD Tun Abdul Razak
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    2009
    KD Tunku Abdul Rahman
    KD Tunku Abdul Rahman is a conventionally-powered attack submarine currently in active service with ... [Read More]
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    1982
    Kilo (Project 877 Paltus)
    The Kilo-class submarine was laid down by the Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering and offic... [Read More]
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    2010
    NRP Arpao (S161)
    NRP Arpao (S161) is an active-service diesel-electric attack submarine of the modern Portuguese Navy... [Read More]
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    2000
    ROKS Lee Sunsin (SSK-068)
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    1991
    Sang-O (class)
    The Sang-O-class of attack submarine makes up the largest underwater component of the modern North K... [Read More]
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    1917
    SM U-106
    Much is made about the German U-Boat scourge of World War 2 but the fleet was no less dangerous in i... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the SM U-106

    1913
    SM U-19
    The German Navy undersea force was to play a major role in both World Wars but it was in the first g... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the SM U-19

    1917
    SM U-20 (U-XX)
    In 1915 Austro-Hungarian authorities ordered construction of four submarines based on an outdated, t... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the SM U-20 (U-XX)

    1915
    SM U-21
    U-21 formed the third of the four-strong class of U-19 U-boats in service with the Imperial German N... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the SM U-21

    1917
    SM U-21 (U-XXI)
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    1910
    SM U-9
    World War 1 allowed the "submarine" - essentially an undersea warship - to become as deadly a new we... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the SM U-9

    1971
    Type 209
    The Type 209-class diesel-electric attack submarine was a West German export-minded product of the C... [Read More]
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    1936
    Type I U-Boat
    Prior to the more advanced classes of German U-boats to see service in World War 2 (1939-1945), the ... [Read More]
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    1938
    Type IX U-Boat
    The German Kriegsmarine paid a heavy price for their actions in World War 2, with most of her Type I... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Type IX U-Boat

    1936
    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 fi... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Type VII U-Boat

    1944
    Type XXI U-Boat
    The Type XXI series of German U-boats were a revolutionary design of fighting boats brought about in... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Type XXI U-Boat

    1944
    Type XXIII U-Boat
    The Kriegsmarine Type XXIII were developed as smallish coastal submarines to operate in the shallow ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Type XXIII U-Boat

    1936
    U-boat U-25 (Type IA)
    Following World War 1 (1914-1918), the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 developed the Treaty of Versai... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the U-boat U-25 (Type IA)

    1941
    U-boat U-505 (Type IXC)
    U-505 served the German Kriegsmarine (Navy) during World War 2. She is infamously remembered for one... [Read More]
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    1943
    USS Balao (SS-285)
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    1943
    USS Bluefish (SS-222)
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    1943
    USS Bowfin (SS-287)
    The USS Bowfin earned herself a grand reputation for her sea-going prowess in the Second World War. ... [Read More]
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    1945
    USS Clamagore (SS-343)
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    1941
    USS Drum (SS-228)
    When the United States entered into war with the Empire of Japan, it understood its undersea fightin... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Drum (SS-228)

    1941
    USS Gato (SS-212)
    The USS Gato (SS-212) was the lead ship of the large Gato-class submarine fleet which numbered 77 bo... [Read More]
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    1958
    USS Growler (SSG-577)
    USS Growler (SSG-577), a submarine powered by conventional diesel engines, carried nuclear cruise mi... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Growler (SSG-577)

    1942
    USS Grunion (SS-216)
    The USS Grunion (SS 216) is best known for her mysterious dissappearance. Until recently, little was... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Grunion (SS-216)

    1918
    USS L-5 (SS-44)
    America's late entry into World War 1 (1914-1918) meant that many indigenously-designed and develope... [Read More]
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    1943
    USS Ling (SS-297)
    The Ling (SS-297) is a late model Balao-class and was the result of an improved Gato-class submarine... [Read More]
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    1944
    USS Lionfish (SS-298)
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    1944
    USS Piranha (SS-389)
    Key to victory in the Pacific Theater during World War 2 was control of the vital waterways between ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Piranha (SS-389)

    1935
    USS Porpoise (SS-172)
    USS Porpoise (SS-172) led her 10-strong class prior to and during World War 2 (1939-1945). The boat ... [Read More]
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    1938
    USS Salmon (SS-182)
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    1942
    USS Wahoo (SS-238)
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    1952
    Whiskey (Project 613)
    Interestingly the Soviet Union managed a greater submarine fleet than Germany did heading into World... [Read More]
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