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KRIEGSMARINE (GERMANY)

ESCORTS

SG1 escorts (1942-1943)

SG1 1945

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
SG1 (ex-Merkur, ex-Jupiter, ex-Sans Peur)   A C de St. Nazaire - Penhoët 1940 2/10/1940 8/1942 surrendered 5/1945, to France 5/1945 (5/1947 survey vessel Beautemps Beaupré)
SG2 (ex-Uranus, ex-Saturn, ex-Sans Reproche)   A C de St. Nazaire - Penhoët 1938 30/10/1940 9/1942 damaged 8/5/1943, sunk 23/9/1943
SG3 (ex-Jupiter, ex-Uranus, ex-Sans Souci)   A C de la Loire, St. Nazaire 1938 28/11/1940 11/1942 sunk 6/8/1944
SG4 (ex-Saturn, ex-Merkur, ex-Sans Pareil)   A C de la Loire, St. Nazaire 1939 28/11/1940 9/1943 surrendered 5/1945, to France 5/1945 (5/1947 survey vessel La Pérouse)

 

Displacement standard, t

1500

Displacement full, t

2100

Length, m

92.0 wl 95.0 oa

Breadth, m

11.8

Draught, m

3.20 normal, 3.64 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Sulzer diesels

Power, h. p.

4140

Max speed, kts

16.7

Fuel, t

diesel oil 256

Endurance, nm(kts) 12000(10)

Armament

SG1: 3 x 1 - 105/42 SK C/32, 2 x 2 - 37/80 SK C/30, 6 x 2 - 20/65 C/38

SG2: 2 x 1 - 105/42 SK C/32, 6 x 2 - 20/65 C/38, 2 x 1 - 13.2/92, 4 x 1 - 86 R Ag M42/43 AA rocket launchers

SG3: 3 x 1 - 105/42 SK C/32, 2 x 2 - 37/80 SK C/30, 7 x 2 - 20/65 C/38

SG4: 2 x 1 -105/42 SK C/32, 2 x 2 - 37/80 SK C/30, 6 x 2 - 20/65 C/38

Complement

178

Ship project history: Former French seaplane tenders, captured by German troops in St. Nazaire on the stocks in June, 1940 at various availability stages. It was originally planned to complete them as air defence and fighter direction ships (Flügsicherungsschiffe) under names Uranus, Saturnus, Jupiter and Merkur. In February, 1941, control on building was transferred to ministry of aviation, however in April, 1942 the control was returned to Kriegsmarine, and ex-depot ships were completed as fast escorts (Schnelle Geleitboote) SG1-4. They were armed by German artillery, purposed, first of all, on AA role. During service hull weakness and bad seaworthiness have come to light.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: All operated in in waters of Western France. SG1 in August, 1943 was damaged on a mine and not repaired till the end of war; in 1945 she was returned to France, named Beautemps Beaupre and BU in 1973. SG2 8/5/1943 was damaged by explosions of three mines and never repaired; 23/9/1943 she was sunk at Nantes by British aircraft. SG3 6/8/1944 was sunk by British aircraft in a mouth of Gironde. SG4 in 1945 was returned to France, named La Perouse and BU in 1969.

 

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Ivan Gogin, 2008-14