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KRIEGSMARINE (GERMANY)

SUBMARINES

"Seehund" ("XXVIIB") type midget submarines (1944-1945)

U5001 1944

Names

U5001 - 5118, U5251 - 5269

Builders

Howaldtswerke, Kiel: U5001 - 5003

Germaniawerft, Kiel: U5004 - 5187, 5194 - 5250, 6201 - 6243

Schichau, Elbing: U5251 - 5270, 6253 - 6442

Klöckner, Ulm: U5751 - 6170

CRDA, Monfalcone: U6172 - 6200

Commissioned

9 - 12/1944: U5001 - 5065, U5251 - 5352

1 - 3/1945: U5066 - 5118, U5353 - 5394

Losses

incomplete: U5119 - 5147, U5395 - 5450, U5751 - 6200

losses are unknown

Transfers

none

Discarding

none

 

Displacement standard, t

 

Displacement normal, t

14.9 / 17

Length, m

11.9

Breadth, m

1.68

Draught, m

1.52

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 Büssing-NAG diesel / 1 AEG electric motor

Power, h. p.

60 / 25

Max speed, kts

7.7 / 6

Fuel, t

diesel oil - 0.5

Endurance, nm(kts) 300(7) / 63(3)

Armament

2 - 533 TT (side-drop collars, 2)

Complement

2

Diving depth operational, m 50

Ship project history: Most effective of German midget submarines. They were equipped with automobile diesel for surface propulsion and thanks to what possessed a significant endurance. A diving depth was up to 50m, minimal diving time was 5sec; seaworthiness was up to 4 by Beaufort. Boats of this type were arranged from three completely ready sections. 1351 units were ordered, but 285 were really completed and only 137 were commissioned by navy (on other data from 23 to 67). Since January, 1945 they actively participated in operations.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.     

 

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14