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DANISH ROYAL NAVY (DENMARK)

MINE WARFARE SHIPS

LOUGEN minelayers (1941)

Laaland 1955

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

Displacement standard, t

257

Displacement full, t

350

Length, m

34.2

Breadth, m

6.60

Draught, m

2.19

No of shafts

2

Machinery

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

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)

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.

Lougen 1941

Laaland 1948

Laaland 1973

Ivan Gogin, 2010-16