TOKYO, (BM) – Japanese submarine JS Soryu hit the bottom of the Hong Kong-registered ship Ocean Artemis with a pavilion, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Defence24. As a result of the impact, the submarine was seriously damaged, and three sailors were injured.
The incident happened on Monday, February 8, near the island of Shikoku on the Pacific side. Displacing 2,900 tons and having a crew of 65 people, the submarine broke the rudder at depth and lost part of the tower’s shell. Its antennas are also damaged. The hit ship reported no damage. Given the available photos, it seems that the emerging submarine has rubbed into its bottom.
According to CNN, the device has lost the ability to communicate on the radio and immerse. Therefore, the damage is severe and will undoubtedly mean the ship’s withdrawal from the line for at least a few months. If something like this had happened during the war, then the boat would not be operational at all.
However, the incident will have little effect on the readiness of the Japanese navy for self-defense. The Japanese Navy has 11 modern Soryu units in operation (the first unit of this type is damaged, the last 12 – JS Toryu should be commissioned next month), nine older and slightly smaller Oyashio units. There is also a prototype ship of a new type – Taiga.
All units are strike submarines with classic propulsion. Soryu’s ships are powered by lithium-ion batteries, making them harder to detect and stay underwater longer.
Soryu-type armament is 30,533 mm torpedoes and Harpoon cruise missiles. They can be fired from six on-board launchers.
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