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  L-15
USSR
Leninec Class Submarine

1,200 Tons
265' 9" | 24' 7" | 15' 9"
1 x 100mm deck gun
1 x 45mm gun
6 x 21" torpedo tubes
2 x 21" torpedo tubes aftn
12 torpedoes
18 x sea mines

Ship History
Built by Baltiyskiy Zavod in Leningrad, USSR at Yard 189 and and Dalzavod in Vladivostok, USSR at Yard 202. Laid down November 5, 1935. Launced December 26, 1936. Comissioned November 6, 1938.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Pacific Fleet at Vladivostok. Along with L-16 departs Petropavlovsk bound for the Baltic Sea where they could operate against the Germans. The submarines planned to traveled from Petropavlovsk via Dutch Harbor, San Francisco, crossing the Panama Canal, to the Atlantic Ocean then via Halifax, Canada and the United Kingdom before proceeding to the Baltic Sea.

On October 11, 1942 traveling on the surface roughly 500 miles west of Seattle, the pair was spotted by Japanese submarine I-25 which mistook them for US Navy submarines and fired her single remaining torpedo. L-16 was hit and sank with the loss of the entire crew.

Afterwards, L-15 continues alone. During May 1943 arrives at Greenock, Scotland. After repairs, joins the Northern Fleet.

PARTIAL HISTORY

References
U-Boat.net L-15

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017

 

 

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