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MINE WARFARE SHIPS

R301 minesweeping boats (1943-1944)

R310 1944

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
R301 3620 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder     6/1943 sunk 16/10/1944
R302 3621 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder     6/1943 surrendered 5/1945, to Soviet Union 11/1945 (KT-1026)
R303 3622 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder     8/1943 surrendered 5/1945, to Soviet Union 11/1945 (KT-1027)
R304 3623 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder     9/1943 sunk 6/9/1944
R305 3624 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder     10/1943 surrendered 5/1945, to Soviet Union 11/1945 (KT-1008)
R306 3625 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder     11/1943 sunk 13/12/1943
R307 3626 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder     3/1944 surrendered 5/1945, to Soviet Union 11/1945 (KT-1028)
R308 3627 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder     3/1944 surrendered 5/1945, to Soviet Union 11/1945 (KT-1009)
R309 3628 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder     4/1944 damaged by wrecking 3/5/1945, repair incomplete
R310 3629 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder     6/1944 surrendered 5/1945, to Soviet Union 11/1945 (KT-1029)
R311 3630 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder     7/1944 surrendered 5/1945, to Soviet Union 11/1945 (KT-1010)
R312 3631 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder     8/1944 surrendered 5/1945, to Soviet Union 11/1945 (KT-1011)
R313 3632 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder   --- --- cancelled 12/1943
R314 3633 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder   --- --- cancelled 12/1943
R315 3634 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder   --- --- cancelled 12/1943
R316 3635 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder   --- --- cancelled 12/1943
R317 3636 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder   --- --- cancelled 12/1943
R318 3637 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder   --- --- cancelled 12/1943
R319 3638 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder   --- --- cancelled 12/1943
R320 3639 Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder   --- --- cancelled 12/1943

 

Displacement standard, t

175

Displacement full, t

184

Length, m

36.8 wl 41.0 oa

Breadth, m

6.00

Draught, m

1.80 normal 1.88 deep load

No of shafts

3

Machinery

MWM diesels

Power, h. p.

3750

Max speed, kts

23.5

Fuel, t

diesel oil 15.8

Endurance, nm(kts) 716(20)

Armament

1 x 1 - 37/80 SK C/30 or 1 x 1 - 37/69 FlaK M/42, (3 x 2 - 20/65 C/38, 1 x 1 - 20/65 C/38) or (2 x 2 - 20/65 C/38, 1 x 1 - 20/65 C/38) or 3 x 1 - 20/65 C/38, 2 x 1 - 86 R Ag M42/43 rocket launchers, 2 - 533 TT, 16 mines, sweeps, DCR

Complement

38 - 42

Ship 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. On R301 class 2 533mm TT were installed, and this series originally signed as GR (Geleit Räumboot), but boats had usual R- designations.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: R301 and R306 were sunk by Allied aircraft. R304 was stricken by Allied mine.

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14