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REICHSMARINE / KRIEGSMARINE (GERMANY)

MINE WARFARE SHIPS

LAUTING mine transports (1934-1936)

Irben 1940

Lauting 1943

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Lauting   Stettiner Oderwerke, Stettin   1934 1934 surrendered 5/1945, sold mercantile
Rhein 777 Stettiner Oderwerke, Stettin   1934 1934 surrendered 5/1945, sold mercantile
Otter 1292 Schichau, Elbing   1934 1934 sunk 20/6/1944
Irben 1351 Schichau, Elbing   1936 1936 sunk 3/4/1945

 

Displacement standard, t

 

Displacement full, t

Lauting, Rhein: 1253

Otter: 1220

Irben: 1158

Length, m

Lauting, Rhein: 53.3 wl 56.7 oa

Otter, Irben: 53.0 wl 56.7 oa

Breadth, m

10.4

Draught, m

4.41

No of shafts

1

Machinery

Sulzer diesel

Power, h. p.

450

Max speed, kts

9.5

Fuel, t

diesel oil 35

Endurance, nm(kts)

3000(9)

Armament

Lauting, Rhein, Otter: 4 x 1 - 20/65 C/30, 300 - 370 mines

Irben: 4 x 1 - 20/65 C/30, 240 mines

Complement

40 - 43

Ship project history: Mine transports intended for transportation of mines with the subsequent transfer on other ships; no own minelaying equipment had, mines were stored in holds in not-ready condition. At similar characteristics Irben and other ships notably differed outwardly.

    All 4 were used as minelayers from August 1943.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Irben was sunk 3/4/1945 by Allied aircraft at Kiel. Otter was sunk 20/4/1944 by Soviet aircraft in the Gulf of Finland. Rhein in 1948 was converted to cargo vessel and BU in 1964. Lauting was transferred on reparations to the USA, in 1948 returned to Germany, and was a part of Bundesmarine till 1961.

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14