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GAZZELLA minesweepers (1944 - 1945 / 1949)


Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
B2 (ex-M803), 1953- Daino 1953- M5339, 6.1956- F542   Schichau, Königsberg, Germany   19.10.1944 1.1945 // 7.1949 survey vessel 1960
B3 (ex-M801), 1953- Gazzella 1953- M5342, 6.1956- F541   Schichau, Königsberg, Germany   9.9.1944 12.1944 // 7.1949 TS 1960, discarded 1966


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

582

Displacement full, t

821

Length, m

63.1 wl 67.8 oa

Breadth, m

9.00

Draught, m

2.27 normal 2.68 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 VTE with exhaust turbine, 2 Marine boilers

Power, h. p.

2700

Max speed, kts

17

Fuel, t

coal 136

Endurance, nm(kts)4000(10)
Armament

2 x 1 - 105/42 SK C/32, 2 x 1 - 37/57 FlaK M/43, 1 x 4 - 20/65 C/38, 2 x 1 - 20/65 C/38, 2 - 533 TT, 4 DCT (36), 24 mines, mechanical, magnetic, acoustic minesweeping gear

Electronic equipmentFuMO 61 radar (on some), S-Gerät sonar (presumably), GHG hydrophone
Complement

96



Standard scale images


<i>B2</i> 1949
B2 1949


Project history

Former German type 1943 minesweepers assigned to USN in 1947 and transferred to Italian Navy.

Modernizations

1956, as patrol ships: boilers were converted to oil; armament consisted of 1 x 1 - 100/47 OTO 1937, 3 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 3, 2 DCT, radar

Naval service

No significant events.