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LOUGEN minelayers (1941)


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Lougen 1941

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Lougen MF3, 3/1951- N41 174 Orlogsværftets, København 8/1940 14/3/1941 6/1941 scuttled 29/8/1943, returned 5/1945, stricken 6/1974
Laaland MF4, 4/1951- N40 175 Orlogsværftets, København 11/1940 18/4/1941 8/1941 scuttled 29/8/1943, returned 5/1945, stricken 6/1974


Technical data


Displacement standard, t257
Displacement full, t350
Length, m

34.2

Breadth, m

6.60

Draught, m

2.19

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 Burmeister & Wain diesels

Power, h. p.

350

Max speed, kts

11

Fuel, t

diesel oil

Endurance, nm(kts)1655 (11)
Armament

2 x 1 - 20/56 Madsen, 18 mines

Complement

32



Standard scale images


<i>Laaland</i> 1955
Laaland 1955


Graphics


<i>Laaland </i>1973 <i>Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.</i>
Laaland 1973 Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.
<i>Lougen</i> 1941
Lougen 1941
<i>Laaland</i> 1948
Laaland 1948


Ship project history


In defence plans of country the big role was assigned to minefields in inshore waters, however on the eve of intrusion of Germany into Denmark Danish Navy had only four minelayers: Lossen, Henrik Gerner (served also as submarine depot ship) and two small Kvintus (ex-Minekran NoV) and Sixtus (ex-Minekran NoVI). One more ship, Lindormen was being built. After occupation of country by German troops Danish Navy, retaining nominal independence, commissioned two more small minelayers of Lougen class, were as a matter of fact development of Minekrans. All  mentioned minelayers were small ships and not intended for offensive operations.

Modernizations


1965-1966, both: diesels were replaced by 2 Burmeister & Wain (450hp); + radar

Naval service


Both minelayers were scuttled by crews 29/8/1943 at Holmen to avoid capture by Germans. Both were salvaged in May, 1945 and repaired.