Postwar photo of Hecht (S 171), (former Type XXIII submarine U-2367). An identical sister ship of U-2346.
|Ordered||20 September 1943|
|Builder||Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg|
|Laid down||14 September 1944|
|Launched||31 October 1944|
|Commissioned||20 November 1944|
|Fate||Scuttled on 5 May 1945|
|General characteristics (XXIII)|
|Draught||3.66 m (12 ft)|
|Test depth||180 m (590 ft)|
German submarine U-2346 was a Type XXIII U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II. She was ordered on 20 September 1943, and was laid down on 14 September 1944 at Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg, as yard number 500. She was launched on 31 October 1944 and commissioned under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Hermann von der Höhon on 20 November 1944.
Like all Type XXIII U-boats, U-2346 had a displacement of 234 tonnes (230 long tons) when at the surface and 258 tonnes (254 long tons) while submerged. She had a total length of 34.68 m (113 ft 9 in) (o/a), a beam width of 3.02 m (9 ft 11 in) (o/a), and a draught depth of3.66 m (12 ft). The submarine was powered by one MWM six-cylinder RS134S diesel engine providing 575–630 metric horsepower (423–463 kilowatts; 567–621 shaft horsepower), one AEG GU4463-8 double-acting electric motor electric motor providing 580 PS (430 kW; 570 shp), and one BBC silent running CCR188 electric motor providing 35 PS (26 kW; 35 shp).
The submarine had a maximum surface speed of 9.7 knots (18.0 km/h; 11.2 mph) and a submerged speed of 12.5 knots (23.2 km/h; 14.4 mph). When submerged, the boat could operate at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) for 194 nautical miles (359 km; 223 mi); when surfaced, she could travel 2,600 nautical miles (4,800 km; 3,000 mi) at 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph). U-2346 was fitted with two 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes in the bow. She could carry two preloaded torpedoes. The complement was 14 – 18 men. This class of U-boat did not carry a deck gun.
On 5 May 1945, U-2346 was scuttled in Gelting Bay near Gelting as part of Operation Regenbogen. The wreck was later raised and broken up.