Submarine Sekiryu Delivered
Mar. 13, 2017
Tokyo, March 13, 2017 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. today held a ceremony marking the delivery of the submarine Sekiryu to the Japan Ministry of Defense (MOD) at its Kobe Shipyard Nishihama Quay at 11:30 AM. The ceremony was attended by a delegation of top MOD officials.
The submarine is the 8th Soryu class submarine built by Kawasaki, and the 27th built at this shipyard since World War II.
It provides high water pressure resistance performance by using high strength steel for its pressure hull, and superior submerged operations and propulsion performance by adopting an X-rudder. It also has Stirling engines for increased underwater endurance, a variety of automated systems, improved surveillance capabilities using high-performance sonar, increased stealth capabilities, and enhanced safety measures.
The submarine’s construction timetable and specifications are as follows:
|Construction begun||March 15, 2013|
|Launched||November 2, 2015|
|Completed||March 13, 2017|
|Engines||Kawasaki 12V 25/25 SB-type diesel engines (2)
Kawasaki Kockums V4-275R Stirling engines (4)
Electric propulsion motor (1)
|Armament||Underwater launch tubes|