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  L-19 Soviet Submarine
Leninec Class Submarine

1,123  Tons (surfaced)
1,416 Tons (submerged)
265' 9" | 24' 7" | 15' 9"
1 x 100mm deck gun
1 x 45mm gun
6 x 21" torpedo tubes
2 x 21" torpedo tubes aft
12 torpedoes
18 x sea mines

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USSR c1945
Submarine History
Built by Dalzavod in Vladivostok in the Soviet Union as a Leninec Class Submarine, Group 3 (including submarines L-13 to L-19). Laid down December 26, 1935 at Yard 202. Launched May 25, 1938. Commissioned November 4, 1939 in the Soviet Navy as L-19. Assigned to the Pacific Fleet at Vladivostok.

Wartime History
On August 23, 1945 this submarine fired torpedoes at Tetsugo Maru, sinking at roughly 44.08N, 141.30E off Rumoi on Hokkaido.

Sinking History
On August 24, 1945 or August 25, 1945 believed sunk in La Perouse Strait due to unknown causes, possibly due to collision with a sea mine. The entire crew of 53 went down with the submarine and remain listed as missing.

During July 2008, a Russian dive team “Iskra” was searching for L-19. At the request of Wahoo Project Group, they diverted from their normal routes to scan two sites which were thought to be probable locations for USS Wahoo SS-238. The first site was a freighter, the second site was a submarine recorded on their slide scan sonar. Divers then dove the the wreck on July 28-29, 2006 and Vladimir Kartashev took photos. On October 31, 2006 the US Navy confirmed the Wahoo had been found in a news release.

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Last Updated
August 23, 2020


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