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BELGIAN NAVY (BELGIUM)

ESCORTS

GODETIA corvettes

Buttercup 1942 as minesweeper

Buttercup 1942

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Buttercup K193 Harland & Wolff, Belfast, UK 12/1940 21/3/1941 4/1942 to United Kingdom 1944 (Buttercup)
Godetia (ex-Dart) K226 Crown, Sunderland, UK 1/1941 24/9/1941 2/1942 to United Kingdom 1944 (Godetia)

 

Displacement standard, t

925

Displacement full, t

1170

Length, m

57.9 pp 62.5 oa

Breadth, m

10.1

Draught, m

4.14 deep load

No of shafts

1

Machinery

VTE, 2 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

2750

Max speed, kts

16.5

Fuel, t

oil 230 (Godetia later 337)

Endurance, nm(kts)

3500(12)

Armament

Godetia: 1 x 1 - 102/45 BL Mk IX, 1 x 1 - 40/39 pompom, 2 DCT, 2 DCR (40)

Buttercup: 1 x 1 - 102/45 BL Mk IX, 1 x 1 - 40/39 pompom, 2 DCT, 2 DCR (40), sweeps

Sensors

type 286, 290 radars, sonar

Complement

85 - 109

Ship project history: British Flower-class corvettes manned by Belgian crews during WWII.

Modernizations: 1943 - 1944, both: had light AA armament consisted of (1 x 1 - 40/39 pompom, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon) or (1 x 1 - 40/39 pompom, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon) or 3 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon or 4 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon or (2 x 2 - 20/70 Oerlikon, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon). ASW armament consisted of 1 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog DCT (on some ships), 4 DCT and 2 DCR (up to 72 DC).

Naval service: No significant events.

sister-ship Clematis 1940

Ivan Gogin, 2010