Tsubame Class Minelayer
(Tsubame by Takeshi Yuki scanned from "Color Paintings of Japanese Warships")

Completed in 1929, TSUBAME was a dual- pupose coastal light minelayer/netlayer. In 1943, she was pressed into convoy escort duty as a result of the IJN's critical shortage of escort vessels and fitted with depth charge racks. TSUBAME was sunk off Ishigaki Shima. by Task Force 58's aircraft in March 1945.

Builder and Year Completed: Mitsubishi, Yokohama, 1929.
Displacement: 450-tons standard.
Dimensions: 215' by 23'7" by 7'
Propulsion and Speed: 2 VTE, 2 shafts, 2,500 ihp; 19 knots.
Armament: 1 x 80-mm (3-inch) 40 cal AA gun, 1 x 13.2mm MG, 120 mines.