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FR60

Ships


Name

Launched // Comm.

Builder

Tonnage, BRT

Dimensions, m

(length pp)

Speed, kts

Engine, Power hp

Armament

Fate

FR60 (ex-Castor, ex-Козьма Минин [Koz'ma Minin]) 1916 // 1942 Swan Hunter, Wallsend, UK 3150 / 4576 t 75.2x17.3x6.4 14 3 VTE, 6 cylindrical boilers, 6400 coal 686 4 x 1 - 100/45, 2 x 1 - 37, 268 mines scuttled 6.5.1943
Panigaglia 10.7.1923 // 12.1924 Ansaldo-San Giorgio, Muggiano 1071 56.2x9.0x3.0 11 2 VTE, 2 Thornycroft boilers, 1400 50 mines captured by Germany 8.9.1943
Buffoluto 1921-24 Ansaldo-San Giorgio, Muggiano 1071 56.2x9.0x3.0 11 2 VTE, 2 Thornycroft boilers, 1400 50 mines discarded 1973
Vallelunga 28.5.1924 // 12.1924 Ansaldo-San Giorgio, Muggiano 1071 56.2x9.0x3.0 11 2 VTE, 2 Thornycroft boilers, 1400 50 mines sunk 9.9.1943


Standard scale images


<i>Panigaglia </i>1943 more than 1000 BRT
Panigaglia 1943 more than 1000 BRT


Graphics


<i>FR60</i>
FR60
<i>Buffoluto </i>1942
Buffoluto 1942


Project history

FR60 was former Russian icebreaker, requisitioned by France and converted to minelayer.

Modernizations

None.

Naval service

FR60 was scuttled by own crew at Tunisia 6.5.1943. Panigaglia was captured by Germans 8.9.1943 at La Spezia. Vallelunga was scuttled at La Spezia 9.9.1943, later salvaged and recommissioned by Germans as minelayer but 28.5.1944 sunk by Allied aircraft.