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BULGARIAN NAVY (BULGARIA)

COASTAL FORCES

NO1 motor torpedo boats (1939, 1939/1941-1945)

No1 1939

Names

1 <No1>; 2 <No2>; 3 <No3> (ex-S1); 4 <No4>; 5 <No5>

Builders

Lürssen, Vegesack, Germany: No1-5

Commissioned

7/1939: No1, 2

9/1939 // 7/1941: No3

7/1945: No2, 3 (2nd time)

Losses

cancelled: No4, 5

No1 (9/9/1944 Soviet TK-958), No2 (9/9/1944 Soviet TK-959), No3 (9/9/1944 Soviet TK-960)

Transfers

none

Discarding

1953: No2, 3

 

Displacement standard, t

56

Displacement full, t

No1, 2: 63

No3: 68

Length, m

28.0

Breadth, m

4.46

Draught, m

1.51

No of shafts

3

Machinery

No1, 2: Daimler Benz diesels

No3: Daimler-Benz MB500 diesels

Power, h. p.

No1, 2: 1905

No3: 2850

Max speed, kts

No1, 2: 33

No3: 37.1

Fuel, t

diesel oil 7.3

Endurance, nm(kts) 350(30)

Armament

1 x 1 - 20/65 C/30, 2 - 533 TT, 4 mines, 8 DC

Complement

19

Ship project history: In August, 1938 the commission of Bulgarian Navy officers visited 8 European boatbuilders for placing of the order for MTBs. 15/12/1938 the contract with Lürssen had been concluded for the 35.4 million levs on building of 5 MTBs under drawings of German S2. They would differed from a prototype by less powerful diesels and lower speed. Boats received German conditional numbers F1-5. No1 and 2 were transferred to Bulgaria in April and July, 1939 onboard of s/ss Sofia and Beograd. Boat No3 was requisitioned by Germans 29/9/1939 and commissioned by them as S1. At completion S1 was equipped with more powerful diesels. In July, 1941 she was returned to Bulgaria and arrived Varna through Danube in August. Two boats remained incomplete.

Modernizations: None

Naval service: No significant events.

No1

Ivan Gogin, 2009-16