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Z15 Erich Steinbrinck


Z15 Erich Steinbrinck

Service Data

In Service: 8 June 1938 to 1961

Production Data

Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Construction No: 504
Laid down: 30 March 1935
Launched: 24 September 1936
Commissioned: 8 June 1938

Technical Data

Type: Destroyer / Zerstörer
Class: Zerstörer 1934A

Displacement: 2,239 tons standard 3,165 tons full load
Length: 120 m
Beam: 11.3 m
Draft: 4.23 m
Propulsion: 2 × shafts 2 × Wagner geared turbines producing up to 70,000 shp
Speed: 38.7 knots
Range: 1,825 nautical miles at 19 knots
Crew: 325 men and officers
5 × 12.7 cm L/45 SK C/34
carried 600 rounds
4 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30
carried 8000 rounds
6 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 12000 rounds
8 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30 after mid 1942
carried 16000 rounds
8 × 53.3 cm torpedo tubes
8 torpedo's carried
4 × depth charge launchers
60 mines
Operators: Kriegsmarine

Other: Destroyers



8 June 1938
The destroyer Erich Steinbrinck is commissioned.

8 October 1939
The destroyer Erich Steinbrinck patrol the Atlantic along with the battleship Gneisenau, and light cruiser Köln and destroyers Friedrich Eckoldt, Friedrich Ihn, Diether von Roeder, Theodor Riedel, Paul Jakobi, Bernd von Arnim, Max Schulz and Wilhlem Heidkamp.

12 to 13 December 1939
The destroyer Erich Steinbrinck carries out mine laying operation against Newcastle. Along with the destroyers, Richard Beitzen, Bruno Heinemann, Friedirch Ihn and Hermann Künne. On the way back meet up with light cruisers Nürnberg, Leipzig and Köln. Nürnberg and Köln are both hit by torpedoes from the British submarine HMS Salmon escort the returning ships.

6 to 7 January 1940
The destroyer Erich Steinbrinck carries out mine laying operations against the Thames estuary. Along with the destroyers Friedrich Ihn, Friedrich Eckold, Richard Beitzen, Hermann Schoemann and Karl Galster.

The destroyer Erich Steinbrinck is seized as a prize of war by the British.

The destroyer Erich Steinbrinck is renamed R 92.

The destroyer R 92 is handed over to the Russians as a prize of war.

2 January 1946
The destroyer R 92 is renamed Pylkyy.

The destroyer Pylkyy is broken up, and scrapped.


Rolf Johannesson
Takes command on May 1938
Ends command on January 1942

Heinrich Freiherr Freytag von Loringhoven
Takes command on January 1942
Ends command on December 1942

Otto Teichmann
Takes command on December 1942
Ends command on November 1944

Werner Röver
Takes command on November 1944
Ends command on September 1945


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