Soviet Krasnogvardyets, D-3 submarine

was laid down by Ordzhonikidze, Leningrad on March 5, 1927; launched on July 12, 1929 and commissioned on November 14, 1931. The Krasnogvardyets was later on designated D-3, September 15, 1934.
 In May 1933 she was shifted to the North by the White Sea-Baltic Sea channel, remained in service until 1940 when she was shifted back to the Baltic for repairs. Back North for service later on in 1940.

During World war-II she was stationed in the North Fleet doing patrols and escorting Allied convoys. In December 1941 she is credited with a seven sinking there fore awarded the Order of Red Banner on Dec` 15-first in the Northern Fleet. In July 1942 she is assigned, as part of a task force together with K-21, K-22, SHCH-402, and SHCH-403, to escort and give cover to the well known, ill fortuned, Allied convoy PQ-17 bound to Murmansk.

On June 1942 she failed to return from patrol off the Norwegian coast, probably mined.

Specifications, Krasnogvardyets D-3:
Double-hull design with seven compartments; riveted construction reported to have been good sea going vessels.

Displacement (srf/sub tons): 924/1,354
Dimensions (L*B*D feet): 249`4*21`0*12`6
Propulsion: 2*1,100hp MAN/Kolomna diesels, 2*525hp PG-20 electric motors, 2 electric creeping motors 50hp, 60*DK storage batteries, 2 shafts, three bladed propellers
Speed (srf/sub knots): 14/9
Range (srf/sub n/miles@knots): 3,600@14 or 7,500@9/132@2
Diving depth (feet): 295
Complement: 53 officers and crew
Torpedo: 6*21" (533mm) bow torpedo tubes, 2*21" stern torpedo tubes, total of 14 torpedoes
Mines: none
Armament: 1*100mm/51 cal. Main deck gun, 1*45mm/46 cal. K-21 AA gun, 1*7.62 machine-gun

A total of six boats were built under this class, three Dekabrist D-1, Narodovolyets D-2 and Krasnogvardyets D-3 were laid down on March 5, 1929 by Ordzhonikidze, Leningrad; launched in 1928-29 and commissioned during 1930-31.
Revolyutsioner D-4, Spartakovets D-5, and Yakobinets D-6 were laid down on April 14, 1927 by Marti Yard, Nikolayev; launched during 1929-30 and commissioned during 1931.

Image Country Year Description
USSR - Soviet Union Submarine D-3, Krasnogvardeets, 8 May 1973
USSR - Soviet Union 1973 Submarine D-3, Krasnogvardeets (set of 4 stamps)
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