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Japanese submarine chaser Cha-2
Career (Imperial Japanese Navy)
Name: Cha-2
Builder: Shanxi Shipbuilding Iron Works Company, Ltd.
Laid down: 7 February 1942
Launched: 5 August 1942
Completed: 15 March 1943
Commissioned: 15 March 1943
Struck: 3 May 1947
Homeport: Yokosuka
Fate: sunk by gunfire, 6 October 1944
General characteristics
Class & type: No.1-class Submarine chaser
Displacement: 130 long tons (132 t) standard[1]
Length: 29.20 m (95 ft 10 in) overall
Beam: 5.65 m (18 ft 6 in)
Draught: 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)
Propulsion:
  • 1 × intermediate diesel
  • shingle shaft, 400 bhp
Speed: 11.0 knots (12.7 mph; 20.4 km/h)
Range: 1,000 nmi (1,900 km) at 10.0 kn (11.5 mph; 18.5 km/h)
Complement: 32
Armament:
  • 1 × 7.7 mm machine gun[2]
  • 22 × depth charges
  • 1 × dunking hydrophone
  • 1 × simple sonar
  • From mid 1943, the 7.7 mm machine gun was replaced with a 13.2mm machine gun

Cha-2 or No. 2 (Japanese: 第二號驅潜特務艇) was a No.1-class auxiliary submarine chaser of the Imperial Japanese Navy that served during World War II.

History[]

She was laid down on 7 February 1942 at the Ishinomaki shipyard of Shanxi Shipbuilding Iron Works Co., Ltd. (山西造船鉄工所) and launched on 5 August 1942.[3] She was fitted with armaments at the Yokosuka Naval Arsenal,[2] completed and commissioned on 15 March 1943, and assigned to the Yokosuka Defense Force, Yokosuka Naval District, where she served in waters around Japan as an escort and sub chaser.[3] On 1 June 1943, she was reassigned to the Southwest Area Fleet.[3] On 6 October 1944 she was attacked and sunk by gunfire from the British submarine Tally Ho west of Penang at 04°20′N 098°24′E / 4.333°N 98.4°E / 4.333; 98.4Coordinates: 04°20′N 098°24′E / 4.333°N 98.4°E / 4.333; 98.4.[3][4] She was removed from the Navy List on 3 May 1947.[3]

References[]

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