Do destroyers have depth charges?
The British Mark X depth charge weighed 3,000 lb (1,400 kg) and was launched from the 21 in (530 mm) torpedo tubes of older destroyers to achieve a sinking velocity of 21 ft/s (6.4 m/s). The launching ship needed to clear the area at 11 knots to avoid damage, and the charge was seldom used.
How deep do depth charges go?
Modern depth-charge launchers are computer-controlled mortars that can fire 400-pound (180-kg) depth charges in patterns 2,000 yards (1,800 metres) away from a ship.
How much explosive was used in WWII depth charge?
During World War II, depth charges were further developed. The Royal Navy’s Hedgehog depth charge could be launched to a distance of 250 yards and contained 24 small, high-explosive bombs that exploded on contact. Other depth charges weighing as much as 3,000 pounds were used in World War II.
How deep could WWII submarines?
660 to 920 feet
World War II German U-boats of the types VII and IX generally imploded at depths of 200 to 280 metres (660 to 920 feet).
How deep can boats go?
Since World War I, nautical technology has evolved at a rapid rate, but in 1914 U-boats were considered quite advanced. These vessels could reach maximum depths of 50 meters or 165 feet, achieve speeds of 16 knots at the surface and eight knots underwater, and had a range of up to 25,000 miles.
Are depth charges effective?
In the early part of the war, depth charges were relatively ineffective, especially due to the poor quality of the available Asdics. Over the first six months of the war, 4000 attacks were made with depth charges. These resulted in only 33 sinkings. However, by 1943, depth charges had about a 5% success rate.
What happens to a submarine at crush depth?
What is crush depth? The name is foreboding and fairly self-explanatory; it’s when the submarine goes so deep the water pressure crushes it, causing an implosion. The crush depth of most submarines is classified, but it’s likely to be more than 400 metres.
Does the US have nuclear depth charges?
A nuclear depth bomb is the nuclear equivalent of the conventional depth charge, and can be used in anti-submarine warfare for attacking submerged submarines. The Royal Navy, Soviet Navy, and United States Navy had nuclear depth bombs in their arsenals at one point.