Soviet Midget Submarine Triton

Soviet Midget Submarine Triton

After the collapse of Nazi Germany Soviet army and engineers obtained many different samples of captured military and special equipment. One of them was a midget submarine Seehund which was especially interesting for the USSR, the country that had only had “underwater infantry” – soldiers dressed in immersion suits and walking over a seabed. When the war was over such special forces were disbanded for being useless.

Soviet Midget Submarine Triton

Only in the 50s it was decided to recreate the special forces of naval reconnaissance and provide them with submarines of special construction that would let them reach the attack zone secretly and fast and deliver necessary loads there.

Soviet Midget Submarine Triton

German midget Seehund subs were thoroughly examined by Soviet engineers who subsequently designed an adapted sub that passed all tests successfully.

Soviet Midget Submarine Triton

Soviet Midget Submarine Triton

Soviet Midget Submarine Triton

Late 50s, “Sirena” – a two-seat vehicle for divers’ transportation.

Soviet Midget Submarine Triton

The main project of the midget Soviet submarine, frogmen transporting vehicle – “Triton-2”.

Soviet Midget Submarine Triton

A two-seat vehicle of “Triton-1M” type. The project was fully developed in 1969.

Soviet Midget Submarine Triton

“Triton-1M” is a wet type midget sub intended for transportation of frogmen. It does not have a strong hull for a crew.

Soviet Midget Submarine Triton

The hull is made from alumunium-magnesium alloy, instead of a motor it applies a propeller powered by a 3,4KW propulsion motor.

Delivery of the midget sub can be fulfilled by surface vessels of any displacement and by means of submarines. Besides it can be transported by any means of transportation – railway, automobile and even air ones.

Soviet Midget Submarine Triton

The sub could be launched with an ordinary crane with lifting capacity of at least two tons. “Triton-1M” had been widely used until the late 80s when they mostly were discarded, some of them – sent to museums.

Soviet Midget Submarine Triton

Several midget subs “Triton-1M” are still being used by the Northern Fleet of Russia. However being created so long ago they do not satisfy modern needs, so a new modernized variant of a midget sub was created and kept this designation – “Triton-1M”.

Soviet Midget Submarine Triton

Almost all major components have undergone the modernization – propeller and steering systems, navigational and hydroacoustic equipment.

The modernized midget sub “Triton-1M” is still intended for two crew members and has a cruising capacity of six hours, speed of up to six knots. Its submersion depth is about 40 meters.

Soviet Midget Submarine Triton

The modernized Triton looks smoother and can move at higher speed at decreased power consumption.

Soviet Midget Submarine Triton

Every diver had his own individual weapons that were packed into special sacks, those sacks were sealed ashore and put under the seats in a sub. They took the sacks with them each time they left “Triton”.

Soviet Midget Submarine Triton

Midget sub surfacing was executed by means of high-pressure air stored in special solid cylinders. That system was nonvolatile: it was enough to open a valve and fill a tank with air.

Soviet Midget Submarine Triton

Soviet Midget Submarine Triton

Soviet Midget Submarine Triton

Soviet Midget Submarine Triton

Soviet Midget Submarine Triton

Soviet Midget Submarine Triton

Triton-2.

Soviet Midget Submarine Triton

Soviet Midget Submarine Triton

And these are 80 Japanese midget subs of D type – “Koryu”, October 19th, 1945.

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3 thoughts on “Soviet Midget Submarine Triton”

  1. i dont get the last pic, it say oct 19th 1945 but the one in black and white say same date, its how look like now? nice post by the way

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