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Encyclopedia > Balao class submarine

The Balao class was a successful design of United States Navy submarine used during World War II. An evolutionary improvement over the earlier Gato class, the boats had slight internal differences. The most significant improvement was the use of higher strength steel in the pressure hull, which increased their test depth to 400 feet.


General characteristics

  • Displacement: 1826 tons surfaced, 2391 tons submerged
  • Length: 312 feet
  • Beam: 27 feet
  • Draft: 15 feet
  • Test Depth: 400 feet
  • Speed: 20.75 knots surfaced, 8.75 knots submerged
  • Armament: one three-inch/50-caliber gun, two 40mm cannon, six 21-inch torpedo tubes forward, four aft
  • Crew: 75 – 80 officers and men
  • Powerplant: four 6500-hp Diesel engines and four 2740-hp electric motors
  • Range: 11,800 nautical miles at 10 knots surfaced



Balao-class submarine

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List of submarines of the United States Navy
List of submarine classes of the United States Navy





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Balao Class Submarine - SC-Balao (134 words)
While the last boats of the Gato class were still building, a new series of 132 units was ordered in the 1942 War Program.
Named after the first unit in the series, the Balao submarines were almost identical as the Gato class, but several design changes were introduced to allow rapid building, using a prefabrication system which gave the submarines greater structural strength and increased operational depth.
There were slight differences in the size and displacement among the boats of this class built among the various yards, but basically, all boats of this class entering service between 1941 and 1945 were almost identical.
Balao class submarine - encyclopedia article about Balao class submarine. (650 words)
Succeded By Tench-class submarine Tench class submarines were an evolutionary improvement over the Gato and Balao classes, only about 35 to 40 tons larger, but more strongly built and with a slightly improved internal layout.
The Balao class was a successful design of United States Navy The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations.
The most significant improvement was the use of higher strength steel in the pressure hull, which increased their test depth Test depth is the maximum depth that a submarine is permitted to operate at, under normal circumstances (during peacetime).
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