Submarine Shoryu Launched
Nov. 06, 2017
Tokyo, November 6, 2017 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. today held a ceremony marking the launch of the submarine Shoryu, which was built for the Japan Ministry of Defense (MOD) at its Kobe Works' first dock at 12:20 PM. The ceremony was attended by a delegation of top MOD officials.
The submarine is the 10th Soryu class submarine built by Kawasaki, and the 28th built at this shipyard after 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||January 28, 2015|
|Launched||November 6, 2017|
|Estimated completion||March, 2019|
|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|