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BUTT utility landing craft (1965 - 1966)


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Dorsch 1979

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Flunder L760   Howaldtwerke, Hamburg   6/1/1966 22/2/1966 stricken 5/2001
Karpfen L761   Howaldtwerke, Hamburg   5/1/1966 2/2/1966 stricken 1/1992
Lachs L762   Howaldtwerke, Hamburg   17/2/1966 24/3/1966 in service (2019)
Plötze L763   Howaldtwerke, Hamburg   18/3/1966 24/3/1966 stricken 9/2001
Rochen L764   Howaldtwerke, Hamburg   18/3/1966 26/4/1966 stricken 2/1992, to Greece (Σέριφος [Serifos])
Schlei L765   Howaldtwerke, Hamburg   17/5/1966 26/7/1966 stricken 2017
Stör L766   Howaldtwerke, Hamburg   18/5/1966 26/7/1966 stricken 9/1992
Tümmler L767   Howaldtwerke, Hamburg   14/6/1966 26/6/1966 stricken 9/1992
Wels L768   Howaldtwerke, Hamburg   15/6/1966 27/6/1966 stricken 12/1992
Zander L769   Howaldtwerke, Hamburg   13/7/1966 26/8/1966 stricken 2/2002
Butt L788   Howaldtwerke, Hamburg   28/3/1965 7/5/1965 stricken 12/1992
Brasse L789   Howaldtwerke, Hamburg   28/3/1965 7/5/1965 stricken 4/1992
Barbe L790   Howaldtwerke, Hamburg   26/11/1965 10/1/1966 stricken 9/1991, to Greece ('Ιος [Ios])
Delphin L791   Howaldtwerke, Hamburg   25/11/1965 10/1/1966 stricken 9/1991, to Greece (Φολέγανδρος [Folegandros])
Dorsch L792   Howaldtwerke, Hamburg   17/3/1966 24/6/1966 stricken 9/1991, to Greece (Σίκινος [Sikinos])
Felchen L793   Howaldtwerke, Hamburg   19/4/1966 23/6/1966 stricken 10/1991, to Greece
Forelle L794   Howaldtwerke, Hamburg   20/4/1966 7/6/1966 stricken 11/1991, to Greece (Ηρακλειά [Irakleia])
Inger L795   Howaldtwerke, Hamburg   14/7/1966 16/8/1966 stricken 9/1991, to Greece
Makrele L796   Howaldtwerke, Hamburg   22/8/1966 16/9/1966 stricken 11/1991, to Greece
Muräne L797   Howaldtwerke, Hamburg   23/8/1966 16/9/1966 stricken 2/1992, to Greece
Renke L798   Howaldtwerke, Hamburg   22/9/1966 26/10/1966 stricken 10/1988, to Greece (Νάξος [Naxos])
Salm L799   Howaldtwerke, Hamburg   23/9/1966 26/10/1966 to Greece 11/1989 (Πάρος [Paros])


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

166

Displacement full, t

403

Length, m

36.7 pp 40.0 oa

Breadth, m

8.80

Draught, m

1.60 normal 2.10 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 MWM TRHS518 diesels

Power, h. p.

1200

Max speed, kts

11

Fuel, t

diesel oil 40

Endurance, nm(kts)

1200(11)

Armament

2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10

Military load

cargo: 237 t max, 142 t normal (3 tanks)

Electronic equipmentKelvin Hughes 14/9 radar
Complement17


Standard scale images


<i>Barbe </i>1980
Barbe 1980


Graphics


<i>Dorsch </i>1979
Dorsch 1979
<i>Lachs </i>2003
Lachs 2003


Ship project history


These multi-purpose landing craft ot the type MZL 63, being an improved version of the US LCU1640 class, were ordered in 1964 and belong to the Type 520. Shortage of crews and changing concepts meant that most of them were transferred to the reserve immediately after delivery, laid up and cocooned. With the exception of Renke and SaJm all were finally commissioned in 1973.

All were designed to carry minerails for the transport and laying of mines. Stem and stern were designed in such a manner that the boats could form a chain, so as to produce a massive floating bridge.

Modernizations


1970s, all: - 2 x 1 - 20/70; + 2 x 1 - 20/70 S-20; bridge was enclosed

Naval service


From 5 August 1974 W 9 September 1992, Inger served as training boat for the Seamen Training Group.