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KROKODIL medium landing ships (1945 / 1958)


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Krokodil 1958

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Krokodil (ex-LSM537) L750   Brown SB, Houston, USA 1945 1945 11/1945 // 5/9/1958 stricken 12/1972
Eidechse (ex-LSM491) L751   Brown SB, Houston, USA 1945 1945 4/1945 // 5/9/1958 stricken 3/1973
Salamander (ex-LSM553) L752   Charleston N Yd, USA 2/1945 3/3/1945 9/1945 // 5/9/1958 stricken 2/1969
Viper (ex-LSM558) L753   Charleston N Yd, USA 4/1945 28/4/1945 11/1945 // 5/9/1958 stricken 3/1969


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

520

Displacement full, t1095
Length, m

59.9 wl 62.0 oa

Breadth, m

10.5

Draught, m

landing: 1.07 fore, 2.13 aft

No of shafts2
Machinery

2 General Motors diesels

Power, h. p.

2800

Max speed, kts

12.5 - 13.2

Fuel, t

diesel oil 196

Endurance, nm(kts)2500 (12)
Armament

1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1

Military load

5 medium or 3 heavy tanks or 6 LVT or 9 DUKW, 48 - 54 marines

Electronic equipmentradar
Complement60


Standard scale images


<i>Eidechse </i>1965
Eidechse 1965
<i>Krokodil </i>1965
Krokodil 1965


Graphics


<i>Krokodil </i>1958
Krokodil 1958


Ship project history


Former USN LSM1 class medium landing ships, commissioned by Bundesmarine as Type 550. Krokodil was designed as a command and hospital craft and therefore received a helicopter platform over the stern and a new hinged bow-ramp while the folding doors were removed.

Modernizations


None.

Naval service


No significant events.