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ROYAL DUTCH NAVY (NETHERLANDS)

MINE WARFARE SHIPS

SMEROE auxiliary minesweepers (1941)

Names

Smeroe, Merbaboe, Rindjani, Merapi, Slamat, Tjerimai

Builders

Soerabaja Droogdok, Surabaya: Smeroe, Merbaboe, Rindjani

Verenigde Prauwenveren, Batavia: Merapi, Slamat, Tjerimai

Commissioned

1941: Smeroe, Merbaboe, Rindjani

Losses

captured incomplete by Japan 3/1942: Merapi, Slamat, Tjerimai

Transfers

None

Discarding 1946: Smeroe, Merbaboe, Rindjani

 

Displacement standard, t

60

Displacement full, t

80

Length, m

21.0 pp 22.7 oa

Breadth, m

4.35

Draught, m

1.52

No of shafts

1

Machinery

Caterpillar diesel

Power, h. p.

135

Max speed, kts

10

Fuel, t

diesel oil

Armament

2 x 1 - 7.7/94, sweeps

Complement

14

Ship project history: Former dispatch boats of Gouvernementmarine, moderated copy of DEFG type. They were converted to minesweepers before completion. According to some information, they were armed with one 12.7mm MG.  Merapi and Slamat were blown up on a slipway in March, 1942. Tjerimai was completed by Japanese as auxiliary submarine chaser Cha101 and sunk 8/4/1945 by American aircraft at coast of Celebes.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Merbaboe, Rindjani and Smeroe in March, 1942 escaped to Australia, they were returned to the Dutch East Indies after war, the further fate is unknown.

Smeroe

Ivan Gogin, 2011-14