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DRACHE seaplane tender (1930/1941)

Drache 1941

Drache 1943

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Drache (ex-Zmaj) 118 Deutsche Werft, Hamburg 1928 22/6/1929 20/8/1930 // 7/8/1941 personnel transport 12/1941, minelayer 11/1942, sunk 22/9/1944

 

Displacement standard, t

1870

Displacement full, t

2084

Length, m

76.5 pp 83.0 oa

Breadth, m

12.7

Draught, m

3.51

No of shafts

2

Machinery

MAN diesels

Power, h. p.

3260

Max speed, kts

15

Fuel, t

diesel oil 140

Endurance, nm(kts) 4000(15)

Armament

2 x 1 - 84/55 Škoda M.29, 2 x 2 - 40/67 Škoda, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon, 2 DCR (12), 2 seaplanes (He 60, He 114, Ar 196, Ar 95)

Complement

145

 

Ship project history: Former Yugoslavian seaplane tender Zmaj, 17/4/1941 captured in Split and commissioned by Germans 7/8/1941 as Drache. Seplanes were handled by 6.5t crane.

In April-August, 1942 in Trieste she was converted to minelayer: lattice farm with crane was removed, new armament was fitted, landing platform (20x5m) for helicopter Flettner Fl 282 was arranged, ship was commissioned again 26/11/1942.

Modernizations: 11/1942: was converted to minelayer with armament consisted of 2 x 1 - 105/42 SK C/32, 2 x 2 - 37/80 SK C/30, 1 x 1 - 37/80 SK C/30, 6 x 1 - 20/65 C/38, 1 x 1 - 15/84, 120 - 240 mines, 1 Fl 282 helicopter

1943: - 2 x 1 - 105/42, 1 x 1 - 37/80; + 2 x 1 - 88/42 SK C/30, 2 x 4 - 20/65 C/38

Naval service: Drache operated in Aegean and Adriatic seas, 29/9/1944 she was sunk by British diving bombers in Aegean sea at Samos.

 

Drache

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14