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Søridderen 1946

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Søløven M1, 4/1951- M543, 8/1957- P578 161 Orlogsværftet, Copenhagen 5/1938 3/12/1938 7/1939 captured by Germany 29/8/1943 (MA1), returned 5/1945, stricken 4/1959
Søbjørnen M2 162 Orlogsværftet, Copenhagen 5/1938 16/2/1939 9/1939 scuttled 29/8/1943
Søulven M3 163 Orlogsværftet, Copenhagen 12/1938 18/7/1939 6/1940 scuttled 29/8/1943
Søridderen M4, 4/1951- M544, 8/1957- P579 171 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 172 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 173 Orlogsværftet, Copenhagen 7/1941 15/5/1942 11/1942 scuttled 29/8/1943, returned by Germany 5/1945, stricken 7/1962


Technical data


Displacement standard, t270
Displacement full, t304
Length, m

53.6

Breadth, m

6.39

Draught, m

1.99

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 set Atlas geared steam turbines, 1 Thornycroft boiler

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, mechanical minesweeping gear

Complement

48



Standard scale images


<i>Søhunden </i>1960
Søhunden 1960
<i>Søløven</i> 1940
Søløven 1940


Graphics


<i>Søridderen</i> 1946
Søridderen 1946
<i>Søløven</i> 1953 <i>Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.</i>
Søløven 1953 Many thanks to Wolfgang Stöhr for additional information on this page.


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, mechanical minesweeping gear

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), sonar

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

Naval service


Søbjørnen, Søulven and Søhunden were scuttled at Holmen 29/8/1943, salvaged by Germans, but only Søhunden entered German service under name МА6 (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 МА5 (later Vs1203 and Vs65), MA1 and МА4 (later Vs1202 and Vs64) respectively, have commissioned by German Navy; in May, 1945 they were returned to Denmark.