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DANISH ROYAL NAVY (DENMARK)

MINE WARFARE SHIPS

SØLØVEN minesweepers (1939-1942)

Søløven 1940

Søhunden 1960

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Søløven M1, 4/1951- M543, 8/1957- P578 Orlogsværftet, Copenhagen 5/1938 3/12/1938 7/1939 captured by Germany 29/8/1943 (MA1), returned 5/1945, stricken 4/1959
Søbjørnen M2 Orlogsværftet, Copenhagen 5/1938 16/2/1939 9/1939 scuttled 29/8/1943
Søulven M3 Orlogsværftet, Copenhagen 12/1938 18/7/1939 6/1940 scuttled 29/8/1943
Søridderen M4, 4/1951- M544, 8/1957- P579 Orlogsværftet, Copenhagen 7/1941 11/4/1942 7/1942 captured by Germany 29/8/1943 (MA4), returned 5/1945, stricken 7/1967
Søhesten M5, 4/1951- M541, 8/1957- P576 Orlogsværftet, Copenhagen 7/1941 30/4/1942 9/1942 captured by Germany 29/8/1943 (MA5), returned 5/1945, stricken 4/1959
Søhunden M6, 4/1951- M542, 8/1957- P577 Orlogsværftet, Copenhagen 7/1941 15/5/1942 11/1942 scuttled 29/8/1943, returned by Germany 5/1945, stricken 7/1962

Displacement standard, t

270

Displacement full, t

304

Length, m

53.6

Breadth, m

6.39

Draught, m

1.99

No of shafts

1

Machinery

Atlas geared steam turbine, 1 Thornycroft

Power, h. p.

2200

Max speed, kts

19.5

Fuel, t

oil 30

Endurance, nm(kts) 510(19.5)

Armament

1 x 1 - 75/38 M.29, 2 x 1 - 20/56 Madsen, 4 x 1 - 8/80, 2 DCT, 30 mines, sweeps

Complement

48

Ship project history: First purpose-built modern minesweepers of Danish Navy, could also serve as minelayers. Survived ships, returned by Germans, were reclassified in 1957 to patrol boats.

Modernizations: 1945, all survived were returned being armed with 1 x 1 - 75/40 M29, 1 x 1 - 37/83 SK C/30, 2 x 1 - 20/65 C/38, 30 mines, sweeps

1948, all survived: - 1 x 1 - 37/83; + 1 x 1 - 75/40 M29, 2 x 1 - 8/80

1951, all survived: - 2 x 1 - 75/40, 2 x 1 - 20/65, 2 x 1 - 8/80; + 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 3, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, 2 DCT (20)

1956 - 1957, all survived: - sweeps; + 2 DCT (totally 24 DC)

Naval service: Søbjørnen, Søulven and Søhunden were scuttled at Holmen 29/8/1943, salvaged by Germans, but only Søhunden entered German service under name 6 (later Vs1204 and Vs66); in May, 1945 she was returned to Denmark.

Søhesten, Søløven and Søridderen were captured by Germans 29/8/1943 and under names 5 (later Vs1203 and Vs65), MA1 and 4 (later Vs1202 and Vs64) respectively, have commissioned by German Navy; in May, 1945 they were returned to Denmark.

Søridderen 1946

Søløven 1953

Ivan Gogin, 2010-16