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MINE WARFARE SHIPS

"1943" type minesweepers (1944-1945)

M601 1944

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
M601   535 Neptun, Rostock   31/8/1944 11/1944 surrendered 5/1945, BU 1948
M602   536 Neptun, Rostock   21/10/1944 12/1944 surrendered 5/1945, BU 1948
M603   537 Neptun, Rostock   2/11/1944 12/1944 surrendered 5/1945, BU 1948
M604   538 Neptun, Rostock   10/11/1944 1/1945 surrendered 5/1945, BU 1948
M605     Neptun, Rostock   13/12/1944 2/1945 surrendered 5/1945, BU 1948
M606     Neptun, Rostock   20/12/1944 3/1945 surrendered 5/1945, sold 6/1948
M607     Neptun, Rostock   30/12/1944 3/1945 surrendered 5/1945, sold 2/1948
M608     Neptun, Rostock   20/1/1945 3/1945 surrendered 5/1945, sold 2/1948
M609     Neptun, Rostock   29/1/1945 3/1945 surrendered 5/1945, scuttled 1947
M610     Neptun, Rostock   27/2/1945 --- // 10/1945 completed for GMSA, sold 2/1948
Seeschlange (ex-M611) M206   Neptun, Rostock   12/3/1945 1945 // 8/1956 completed for GMSA, to USA 10/1951 (M206), reverted to West Germany 6/1956, accommodation ship 2/1960
M612     Neptun, Rostock   23/3/1945 4/1945 surrendered 5/1945, BU 1948
M613     Neptun, Rostock   1945 --- scuttled incomplete 1945/46
M614     Neptun, Rostock   1945 --- scuttled incomplete 1945/46
M615     Neptun, Rostock   1945 --- scuttled incomplete 1945/46
M616     Neptun, Rostock   1945 --- scuttled incomplete 1945/46
M617     Neptun, Rostock   --- --- BU incomplete
M618     Neptun, Rostock   --- --- BU incomplete
M619     Neptun, Rostock   --- --- BU incomplete
M620     Neptun, Rostock   --- --- BU incomplete
M621   376 Atlaswerke, Bremen // Neptun, Rostock   --- --- BU incomplete
M622   377 Atlaswerke, Bremen // Neptun, Rostock   --- --- BU incomplete
M623   378 Atlaswerke, Bremen // Neptun, Rostock   --- --- BU incomplete
M624   379 Atlaswerke, Bremen // Neptun, Rostock   --- --- BU incomplete
M625   380 Atlaswerke, Bremen // Neptun, Rostock   --- --- BU incomplete
M626   381 Atlaswerke, Bremen // Neptun, Rostock   --- --- BU incomplete
M627   382 Atlaswerke, Bremen // Neptun, Rostock   --- --- BU incomplete
M628   383 Atlaswerke, Bremen // Neptun, Rostock   --- --- BU incomplete
M629     Neptun, Rostock   --- --- BU incomplete
M630     Neptun, Rostock   --- --- BU incomplete
M631     Neptun, Rostock   --- --- BU incomplete
M632     Neptun, Rostock   --- --- BU incomplete
M633     Neptun, Rostock   --- --- BU incomplete
M801     Schichau, Königsberg   9/9/1944 12/1944 surrendered 5/1945, to Italy 7/1949 (Gazzella)
M802     Schichau, Königsberg   29/9/1944 1/1945 sunk 3/4/1945
M803     Schichau, Königsberg   19/10/1944 1/1945 surrendered 5/1945, to Italy 7/1949 (Daino)
M804     Schichau, Königsberg   1/11/1944 1/1945 sunk 11/3/1945
M805     Schichau, Königsberg   9/11/1944 1/1945 sunk 11/3/1945
M806     Schichau, Königsberg   21/11/1944 --- // 1945 completed for GMSA, sold
M807     Schichau, Königsberg   13/1/1945 --- // 1945 completed for Soviet Union
M808     Schichau, Königsberg   1945 --- // 1945 completed for Soviet Union
M809     Schichau, Königsberg   --- --- BU incomplete
M810     Schichau, Königsberg   --- --- BU incomplete
M811     Schichau, Königsberg   --- --- BU incomplete
M812     Schichau, Königsberg   --- --- BU incomplete
M813     Schichau, Königsberg   --- --- BU incomplete
M814     Schichau, Königsberg   --- --- BU incomplete
M815     Schichau, Königsberg   --- --- BU incomplete
M816     Schichau, Königsberg   --- --- BU incomplete

 

Displacement standard, t

582

Displacement full, t

821

Length, m

63.1 wl 67.8 oa

Breadth, m

9.00

Draught, m

2.27 normal 2.68 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE with exhaust turbine, 2 Marine boilers

Power, h. p.

2700

Max speed, kts

17

Fuel, t

coal 136

Endurance, nm(kts) 4000(10)

Armament

2 x 1 - 105/42 SK C/32, 2 x 1 - 37/57 FlaK M/43, 1 x 4 - 20/65 C/38, 2 x 1 - 20/65 C/38, 2 - 533 TT, 4 DCT (36), 24 mines, sweeps

Complement

96

Ship project history: Further development of type 1940 adapted under a section building method. On the stocks ships were assembled from seven large sections constructed at plants of several countries. Machinery construction repeated type 1940, but boilers received pure coal burning. Ships could be used as the torpedo training ships and had 2 TT, which unlike type 1940 were installed amidships. 160 ships were ordered, building of sections was begun for 49 (M601-633, 801-816), from them 17 were commissioned, 13 more were on various readiness stages (M807 and 808 were completed late 1945), for remaining part of sections was never completed.

Modernizations:

Bundesmarine

M611 was reverted to West Germany from USA in 1956 and commissioned by navy, as follows:

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Seeschlange (ex-M611) M206, 1957- M191 Neptun, Rostock   12/3/1945 8/1956 accommodation ship 2/1960

 

Displacement standard, t

582

Displacement full, t

821

Length, m

62.3 wl 63.1 oa

Breadth, m

9.00

Draught, m

2.60

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE with exhaust turbines, 2 Marine boilers

Power, h. p.

2700

Max speed, kts

16.7

Fuel, t

coal 180

Endurance, nm(kts) 4000(10)

Armament

1 x 1 - 76/50 Mk 22, 2 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 3 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 7 (HS804), sweeps

Complement

70

Naval service: M802, M804 and M805 were sunk by Allied aircraft at Kiel 3/4/1945, 11/3/1945 and 11/3/1945 respectively.

Ivan Gogin, 2008-16