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RA251 minesweeping boats (1942 - 1943 / 1943, 1943 - 1944)


Ships


Names Builders Commissioned Losses Transfers Discarding

RA251 (ex-VAS306)

RA252 (ex-VAS305)

RA253 (ex-VAS307)

RA254 (ex-VAS301)

RA255 (ex-VAS304)

RA256 (ex-VAS303)

RA257 (ex-VAS302)

RA258 (ex-VAS309)

RA259 (ex-VAS311)

RA260 (ex-VAS312)

RA261 (ex-VAS236)

RA262 (ex-VAS239)

RA263 (ex-VAS308)

RA264 (ex-VAS310)

RA265 (ex-VAS313)

RA266 (ex-VAS314)

RA267 (ex-VAS315)

RA268 (ex-VAS316)

Ansaldo, Genoa, Italy: RA251 - 260, 263, 264

Bagletto, Varazze: RA261

Navalmeccanica, Castellammare di Stabia, Italy: RA262

Prometeo, Genoa: RA265 - 268

6 - 8/1943 // 10/1943: RA251, 252

11/1943: RA253

9/1942 - 6/1943 // 10 - 12/1943: RA254 - 257, 262

3 - 8/1944: RA258 - 261

commissioned for Italy: RA263 (as VAS263)

never commissioned: RA264 - 268

RA251 (22/8/1944), RA254 (25/4/1945), RA255 (21/8/1944), RA256 (CTL 30/3/1944), RA257 (2/8/1944), RA258 (25/4/1945), RA259 (21/8/1944), RA260 (10/8/1944), RA261 (5/9/1944), RA262 (5/9/1944)

Italy RSI, 1944: RA252 (VAS252), RA253 (VAS253), RA263 (VAS263)

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Technical data


Displacement standard, t

RA251 - 253, 258 - 260, 263 - 268: 92

RA254 - 257: 92.5

Displacement full, t

RA251 - 260, 263, 264: 94.5

RA261, 262: 98.5

Length, m

RA251 - 260, 263 - 268: 34.1

RA261, 262: 28.0

Breadth, m

RA251 - 260, 263 - 268: 5.00

RA261, 262: 4.30

Draught, m

RA251 - 260, 263 - 268: 1.40 normal 2.10 deep load

RA261, 262: 1.33 normal 1.77 deep load

No of shafts

3

Machinery

RA251 - 253, 258 - 264: 1 Isotta-Fraschini + 2 Carraro petrol engines

RA254 - 257: 3 Fiat diesels

RA265 - 268: 3 Lilloise de Moteurs diesels

Power, h. p.

RA251 - 253, 258 - 264: 1100 + 600 = 1700

RA254 - 257: 1100

RA265 - 268: 1500

Max speed, kts

RA251 - 253, 258 - 260, 263 - 268: 19

RA254 - 257: 18

RA261, 262: 21

Fuel, t

RA251 - 253, 258 - 260, 263 - 264: petrol 8.0

RA254 - 257: diesel oil 9.0

RA261, 262: petrol 8.9

RA265 - 268: diesel oil 8.0

Endurance, nm(kts)

RA251-253: 1000(13)

RA254-257: 900(14)

RA261, 262: 1260(14)

Armament

RA251 - 260, 263 - 268: 1 x 1 - 37/54 M1940, 3 x 1 - 20/65 M1940, 2 - 450 TT, 6 DC, mechanical minesweeping gear

RA261, 262: 2 x 1 - 20/65 M1940, 10 DC, mechanical minesweeping gear

Electronic equipmentpresumably hydrophone
Complement

26



Standard scale images


<i>RA251</i> 1943
RA251 1943
<i>RA262</i> 1943
RA262 1943


Ship project history


RA251-268 were ex-Italian ASW boats VAS306, 305, 307, 301, 304, 303, 302, 309, 311, 312, 236, 239, 308, 310, 313, 314, 315 and 316. They were captured in September, 1943 in complete and incomplete condition.

Modernizations


None.

Naval service


No significant events.