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BUNDESMARINE (WEST GERMANY)

SUBMARINES

U4 type coastal submarines (1962 - 1969)

U10 1970

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
U1 S180 Howaldtswerke, Kiel 1/2/1965 17/2/1967 26/6/1967 stricken 11/1991
U2 S181 Howaldtswerke, Kiel 1/9/1964 15/7/1966 11/10/1966 stricken 3/1993
U4 S183 Howaldtswerke, Kiel 1/4/1961 25/8/1962 19/11/1962 stricken 8/1974
U5 S184 Howaldtswerke, Kiel 1/6/1961 20/11/1962 4/7/1963 stricken 5/1974
U6 S185 Howaldtswerke, Kiel 8/11/1961 30/1/1963 24/7/1963 stricken 8/1974
U7 S186 Howaldtswerke, Kiel 1/2/1962 10/4/1963 16/3/1964 stricken 9/1974
U8 S187 Howaldtswerke, Kiel 20/2/1963 19/6/1963 22/7/1964 stricken 10/1974
U9 S188 Howaldtswerke, Kiel 10/12/1964 20/10/1966 11/4/1967 stricken 6/1993
U10 S189 Howaldtswerke, Kiel 15/7/1965 5/6/1967 28/11/1967 stricken 2/1993
U11 S190 Howaldtswerke, Kiel 1/4/1966 9/2/1968 21/6/1968 stricken 10/2003
U12 S191 Howaldtswerke, Kiel 1/9/1966 10/9/1968 14/1/1969 stricken 6/2005

 

Displacement standard, t

 

Displacement normal, t

419 / 455

Length, m

S180, 181, 188: 43.3 pp 44.0 oa

S183-187, 189: 43.4 pp 43.8 oa

S190, 191: 43.3 pp 45.8 oa

Breadth, m

4.50

Draught, m

4.20

No of shafts

1

Machinery

2 MTU 12V493AZ diesel-generators, 1 Siemens electric motor

Power, h. p.

1200 / 1500

Max speed, kts

10 / 17

Fuel, t

diesel oil

Endurance, nm(kts) 3950(4) / 228(4)

Armament

8 - 533 TT (bow, 8 or 16 mines)

Sensors Calypso radar, SRS-M1H, AN 5039A1 sonars, DR-2000U ECM suite, Mk 8 CCS

Complement

21
Diving depth operational, m

150

Ship project history: With the exception of U1 (ii) and U2 (ii), all boats were originally to have been of the Type 201. The order was placed in March 1959 to the particulars of this class. Because of the corrosive defects in U1 and U2, the hull of the following boats, U4-8, were covered with tin, and suffered severe operational restrictions. Construction of U9-12 was stopped until a newly developed non-magnetic steel could be produced. U1 and U2 were entirely re-hulled with this steel, their inner construction remaining intact. They could carry sixteen mines in lieu of their eight torpedoes. They differed from the Type 201 in having a a totally enclosed conning tower. U4-8 used only for training.

Modernizations: 11/1987, U1: received oxygen/hydrogen fuel-cell closed-cycle propulsion system, produced 150kW for battery charging.

1988, U11 as Type 205A: was converted to 'padded' torpedo target.

5/1990, U1: air-independent power plant was removed.

1992, U12 as Type 205B: - SRS-M1H sonar; + DBSQS-90FTC sonar suite

Naval service: No significant events.

U10 1976

U12 2002

 

Ivan Gogin, 2016