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KRIEGSMARINE (GERMANY)

COASTAL FORCES

LS2 light motor torpedo boats (1940-1944)

LS4 1941

Names

LS1, LS2 Meteorit, LS3, LS4 Esau, LS5 - LS18

Builders

Naglo Werft, Berlin: LS1

Dornier Werft, Friedrichshafen: LS2 - LS18

Commissioned

1940: LS2, LS3

1941: LS4 - LS6

1943: LS7, LS8

1944: LS9 - LS12

Losses

LS1 - cancelled

LS13 - LS18 - incomplete

LS2 Meteorit (23/12/1940), LS3 (20/11/1941), LS4 Esau (17/10/1943), LS5 (16/10/1943), LS6 (25/9/1943), LS7 (14/10/1944), LS8 (10/10/1944), LS9 (10/10/1944), LS10 (14/10/1944)

Transfers

Soviet Union, 1945: LS12

Discarding

10/1944: LS11 (hulk)

surrendered 5/1945: LS12

 

Displacement standard, t

11.5

Displacement full, t

11.9 - 12.7

Length, m

12.5

Breadth, m

3.46

Draught, m

0.92

No of shafts

2

Machinery

LS1, 2, 5, 6: Jumo 205 diesels

LS3, 4, 7 - 18: Daimler-Benz MB507 diesels

Power, h. p.

LS1, 2, 5, 6: 1400

LS3, 4, 7 - 18: 1700

Max speed, kts

LS1, 2, 5, 6: 34

LS3, 4, 7 - 12: 40.9

Fuel, t

diesel oil

Endurance, nm(kts) 300(30)

Armament

LS1 - LS4: 1 x 1 - 20/65 C/38, 2 - 450 TT or 3 - 4 mines

LS5, 6: 1 x 1 - 20/65 C/38, 2 - 450 TT or 11 DC or 3 - 4 mines

LS7 - LS18: 1 x 1 - 15/84, 2 - 450 TT or 3 - 4 mines

Complement

7

Ship project history: Light MTBs (Leichte Schnellboote), developed specially for service onboard of commerce raiders. LS1, 3-6 had composite hulls, remaining were fulfilled from light alloys. Boats had 2 two stern cradles and instead of torpedoes could carry 3-4 ground mines.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14