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K-class (series) Steam-Powered Attack Submarine

 Updated: 8/7/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

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Perhaps one of the worst classes of military submarines was the British K-class debuting in World War 1.

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K-class (series) Technical Specifications

Service Year: 1917
Type: Steam-Powered Attack Submarine
National Origin: United Kingdom
Ship Class: K-class

Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

Complement (Crew): 59
Length: 339 feet (103.33 meters)
Beam (Width): 26.7 feet (8.14 meters)
Draught (Height): 20.12 feet (6.13 meters)

Surface Displacement: 1,980 tons
Submerged Displacement: 2,560 tons

Installed Power and Base Performance

Engine(s): 2 x Yarrow oil-fired boilers with 1 x Parsons or Brown-Curtis geared steam turbines developing 10,500 shaft horsepower to 2 x screws; 4 x Electric motors developing 1,440 horsepower.

Surface Speed: 24 knots (28 mph)
Submerged Speed: 15 knots (17 mph)
Operational Range: 799 nautical miles (920 miles, 1,481 km)

Armament / Air Wing

8 x 18" (450mm) torpedo tubes with 8 x reloads.
2 x 4" (102mm) deck guns
1 x 3" (76mm) deck gun

Aircraft: None.

Global Operators

United Kingdom

Ships-in-Class / Group (18)

K1; K2; K3; K4; K5; K6; K7; K8; K9; K10; K11; K12; K13; K14; K15; K16; K17; K26

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