Soviet submarine S-56

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S-56 on display in Vladivostok
History
Soviet Naval EnsignSoviet Union
Name: S-56
Laid down: 24 November 1936
Launched: 25 December 1939
Commissioned: 20 October 1941
Decommissioned: 14 March 1955
Fate: Stricken on 9 May 1975 and became a museum ship at Vladivostok (Korabelnaya embankment)
Status: museum-ship
General characteristics
Class & type: Soviet S-class submarine
Displacement:
  • 840 long tons (853 t) surfaced
  • 1,050 long tons (1,067 t) submerged
Length: 77.8 m (255 ft 3 in)
Beam: 6.4 m (21 ft 0 in)
Draught: 4.4 m (14 ft 5 in)
Propulsion:
  • 2 × diesels 2,000 hp (1,491 kW) each
  • 2 × electric motors 550 hp (410 kW) each
  • 2 × shafts
Speed:
  • 19.5 knots (36.1 km/h; 22.4 mph) surfaced
  • 9 knots (17 km/h; 10 mph) submerged
Test depth: 100 m (330 ft)
Complement: 50 officers and men
Armament:
  • 6 × 21 in (530 mm) torpedo tubes (4 forward, 2 aft)
  • 12 × torpedoes
  • 1 × 100 mm (4 in) gun
  • 1 × 45 mm (2 in) cannon

S-56 was a Stalinets-class submarine of the Soviet Navy. Her keel was laid down by Dalzavod in Vladivostok on 24 November 1936. She was launched on 25 December 1939 and commissioned on 20 October 1941 in the Pacific Fleet. During World War II, the submarine was under the command of Captain Grigori Shchedrin and was moved from the Pacific Fleet to the Northern fleet across the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans via the Panama Canal. After decommissioning, the submarine was turned into a museum ship.[1]

Service history

For her service, the submarine was awarded with the Order of the Red Banner and the Guards badge.[2]

Ships sunk by S-56[1]
Date Ship Flag Tonnage Notes
17 May 1943 Eurostadt Nazi Germany 1118 GRT tanker (torpedo)
17 July 1943 M-346 Nazi Germany 551 GRT minesweeper (torpedo)
19 July 1943 NKi-09/Alane Nazi Germany 466 GRT patrol vessel (torpedo)
31 January 1944 Heinrich Schulte Nazi Germany 5056 GRT freighter (torpedo)
Total: 7,191 GRT

During the attack against Eurostadt, another torpedo hit and damaged the German freighter Wartheland (3676 GRT) but the ship was saved because the torpedo was a dud.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "S-56 of the Soviet Navy - Soviet Submarine of the S (Stalinec) class - Allied Warships of WWII". uboat.net. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  2. Orlov Alex, Dmitriy Metelev, Evgeniy Chirva. "Великая Отечественная - под водой". Town.ural.ru. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 


Coordinates: 70°46′48″N 28°27′03″E / 70.7800°N 28.4508°E / 70.7800; 28.4508