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FINNISH NAVY (FINLAND)

MINE WARFARE SHIPS

RUOTSINSALMI minelayers (1941)

Riilahti 1941

Ruotsinsalmi 1960

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Ruotsinsalmi   Crichton-Vulcan, Aabo 1938 5/1940 2/1941 stricken 1974
Riilahti   Crichton-Vulcan, Aabo 1938 1940 1941 sunk 23/8/1943

 

Displacement standard, t

310

Displacement full, t

?

Length, m

50.0

Breadth, m

7.90

Draught, m

1.50

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Rateau diesels

Power, h. p.

1120

Max speed, kts

15

Fuel, t

diesel oil

Armament

1 x 1 - 75/48 Canet, 1 x 1 - 40/56 Bofors M38, 2 x 1 - 20/60 Madsen, sweeps, 100 mines

Complement

60

Ship project history: Successful multi-purpose minesweepers-minelayers, thanks to shallow draught could act safely enough in areas with raised mine danger.

Modernizations: 1950s, Ruotsinsalmi: was rearmed with 2 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 7, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 7, 100 mines, radar; diesels were replaced by 2 MAN (1200hp, 15kts)

Naval service: Riilahti S of Tiiskeri 23/8/1943 was attacked by three Soviet MTBs and sunk by torpedo from MTB No94.

Ruotsinsalmi

Ruotsinsalmi postwar

Ruotsinsalmi 1969

Ivan Gogin, 2009-16