NAVYPEDIA



HOME
FIGHTING SHIPS OF THE WORLD
GERMANY
MINE WARFARE SHIPS
R25 minesweeping boats (1938 - 1939)


Photo



R34

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
R25   849 Schlichting-Werft, Travemünde     7.1938 surrendered 5.1945, to Soviet Union 6.1946
R26   850 Schlichting-Werft, Travemünde     8.1938 surrendered 5.1945, to Denmark 12.1945 (MR26)
R27   3141 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder     5.1938 sunk 11.4.1944
R28   3142 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder     5.1938 surrendered 5.1945, to Soviet Union 5.1946 (КТ-1051 [KT-1051])
R29   3143 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder     6.1938 sunk 15.9.1944
R30   3144 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder     8.1938 sunk 23.9.1943
R31   3235 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder     9.1938 surrendered 5.1945, to United Kingdom 11.1947, BU
R32   3236 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder     10.1938 surrendered 5.1945, to Denmark 12.1945
R33   3220 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder     2.1939 sunk 19.7.1943
R34   3221 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder     2.1939 sunk 10.8.1944
R35   3222 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder     3.1939 scuttled 30.8.1944
R36   3223 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder     7.1939 sunk 29.4.1943
R37   3224 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder     11.1939 scuttled 20.8.1944
R38   938 Schlichting-Werft, Travemünde     2.1939 sunk 27.8.1944
R39   939 Schlichting-Werft, Travemünde     3.1939 sunk 17.2.1944
R40   940 Schlichting-Werft, Travemünde     5.1939 sunk 7.3.1943


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

110

Displacement full, t

126

Length, m

35.4

Breadth, m

5.55

Draught, m

R25 - 34: 1.40 normal 1.42 deep load

R35 - 40: 1.40 normal 1.51 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 MWM diesels

Power, h. p.

1800

Max speed, kts

23.5

Fuel, t

diesel oil 10

Endurance, nm(kts)1100(15)
Armament

2 x 1 - 20/65 C/38, 10 mines, mechanical minesweeping gear

Complement

20



Standard scale images


<i>R25</i> 1945
R25 1945


Graphics


<i>R34</i>
R34


Project history


Motor minesweeping boats, or R-boats (Räumboote) were developed for shallow water areas, but actually became multi-purpose ships for operations in inshore waters; besides the basic purpose, they were used as patrol, anti-submarine and rescue ships. The prototype was created by F.Lürssen on the basis of F type minesweeping boat of WWI period.

All had composite hulls. Usage of minesweeping gear was supposed at heaving to 6 on the Beaufort scale.

Modernizations


1943 - 1944, most survived: + 1 x 1 - 37/80 SK C/30 or 1 x 1 - 37/69 FlaK M/42, 2 x 2 - 20/65 C/38, DCR

Naval service


R27, R30 and R33 were sunk by Soviet aircraft. R29 was sunk by Finnish MTB Taisto 5. R34 was sunk by German aircraft. R36 was stricken by German mine. R38 and R40 were sunk by Allied mines. R39 was bombed by Allied aircraft.