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"1944" type destroyers (Z52)


Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Z52   1110 Deschimag, Bremen 1943 --- --- cancelled 6.7.1944
Z53   1111 Deschimag, Bremen 1943 --- --- cancelled 6.7.1944
Z54   1112 Deschimag, Bremen 1943 --- --- cancelled 6.7.1944
Z55   1113 Deschimag, Bremen 1943 --- --- cancelled 6.7.1944
Z56   1114 Deschimag, Bremen 1943 --- --- cancelled 6.7.1944


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

3170

Displacement full, t3703
Length, m

126.0 wl 132.1 oa

Breadth, m

12.6

Draught, m

4.14

No of shafts

2

Machinery

8 MAN 2-stroke double action diesels

Power, h. p.

76000

Max speed, kts

37.5

Fuel, t

diesel oil 640

Endurance, nm(kts)6800(19)
Armament

3 x 2 - 128/42 KM41, 3 x 1 - 55/77 Gerät 58, 7 x 2 - 30/73 FlaK 103, 2 x 4 - 533 TT (16), 4 DCT (30), 60 mines

Electronic equipmentFuMO 32, FuMO 63K, 2x FuMO 231 radars, S-Gerät sonar, GHG hydrophone, FuMB 3 Bali, FuMB 6 Palau ECM suites
Complement

320



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<i> Z52</i>
Z52


Project history

Most modern German destroyer design of WWII era. Ships would have been diesel-powered and armed with all guns of new generation. Main guns would have been radar-controlled from USN-style optical/electronic rangefinder cupolas. Bomb damages and shortage of materials followed to very low building rate. Building was suspended in 1944, later cancelled and all ships were broken up on slip.