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FINNISH NAVY (FINLAND)

MINE WARFARE SHIPS

VILPPULA minesweepers (1917-1918/1918)

T2 1918

Rautu 1940

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
T2 (ex-Защитник <Zashchitnik>), 1936- Vilppula   Putilov Yd, Petrograd // Ahlstrom, Helsingfors, Russia 2/1916 5/8/1916 7/1917 // 4/1918 sunk 24/4/1944
T1 (ex-Фортрал <Fortral>), 1936- Rautu   Russo-Baltic Wks, Reval // Ahlstrom, Helsingfors, Russia 1/1916 1916 1/1918 // 4/1918 stricken 1950

 

Displacement normal, t

190

Displacement full, t

220

Length, m

43.6

Breadth, m

6.10

Draught, m

1.70

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 2 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

400

Max speed, kts

11

Fuel, t

oil 18

Endurance, nm(kts) 1100(5)

Armament

1 x 1 - 75/48 Canet, 1 x 1 - 47/40 Hotchkiss AA, 2 x 1 - 7.6/94, sweeps

Complement

35

Ship project history: Former Russian minesweepers of Udarnik class. After revolution based at Helsingfors Fortral and Zashchitnik in April, 1918 were captured by Finns and commissioned by Finnish Navy.

Modernizations: 1930s, both: - 1 x 1 - 47/40; + 1 x 1 - 20/60 Madsen, 30 mines

Naval service: In days of war both served mainly as depot ships for minesweeping boats. 24/4/1944 Vilppula was sunk in Porkkala harbour by Soviet air torpedo.

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