L (Leninec) class
|Armament||6 torpedo tubes (12 torpedoes)|
1 10cm deck gun
1 4.5cm gun
|Max speed||14/9 knots (surfaced/submerged)|
|Notes on class||The boats of this class were designed to recover the idea of underwater mine-layers with a help of modern technical base of the end of 1920s.
After conferences between seamen, submarine commanders and naval engineers it was decided to install rather powerful torpedo and artillery together with mine weapons. Soviet naval command approved this project (II series) to be universal long-range minelayer/attack sub, intended to install mine defences onto fairways and enemy naval activities routes, to inflict attacks upon enemy warships and transport ships with a help of torpedoes and artillery. Mines were carried inside the inner hull in two long tubes of special design with hatches aft the boat. 20 mines were secured in dry condition inside this tubes until exact installation. First series of L class, built in 1929-30 (type II), had considerably long time of submerging (about 3 min.).
Latter submarines (type XI, XIII and XIII-1938) had many improvements in equipment, weapons and range. They became really universal boats, fighting on all wartime theatres. Most success in score was achieved by minefields of this boats.
All ships of the L (Leninec) class
1st group (Type II)
|L-2||Lost on 14 Nov 1941|
|L-6||Lost on 18 Apr 1944|
2nd group (Type XI)
3rd group (Type XIII)
|L-16||Lost on 11 Oct 1942|
|L-19||Lost on 24 Aug 1945|
4th group (Type XIII-modified)
|L-23||Lost on 17 Jan 1944|
|L-24||Lost on Dec 1942|
See all Submarine classes.
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