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Z25 Destroyer

Service Data

In Service: 30 November 1940 to 1958

Production Data

Builder: Deschimag, Bremen
Construction No: 959
Laid down: 15 February 1939
Launched: 16 March 1940
Commissioned: 30 November 1940

Technical Data

Type: Destroyer / Zerstörer
Class: Zerstörer 1936A "Narvik"

Displacement: 2,543 tons standard 3,543 tons full load
Length: 127 m
Beam: 12 m
Draft: 4.43 m
Propulsion: 2 × shafts 2 × Wagner geared turbines producing up to 70,000 shp
Speed: 36 knots
Range: 2,500 nautical miles at 19 knots
Crew: 330 men and officers
4 × 15 cm L/48 SK C/36
carried 600 rounds
5 × 15 cm L/48 SK C/36 after 1944
carried 480 rounds
4 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30
carried 8000 rounds
10 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30 after 1944
5 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 10000 to 14000 rounds
12 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30 after 1942
carried 24000 to 32000 rounds
17 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30 after 1944
8 × 53.3 cm torpedo tubes
12 × torpedo's carried
60 mines
Operators: Kriegsmarine

Other: Destroyers



30 November 1940
The destroyer Z25 is commissioned

2 May 1942
The destroyer Z25 attacked the British cruiser HMS Edinburgh along with Herman Schoemann and Z24 whilst she was under tow to Kola Fjord. During this action the destroyer Herman Schoemann was sunk. Position 73° 30N 35° 10E.

6 January 1946
The destroyer Z25 is seized as a prize of war by the British.

The destroyer Z25 is transferred to France.

The destroyer Z25 is renamed Hoche.

2 January 1958
The destroyer Hoche is renamed Q 102.

The destroyer Q 102 is broken up, and scrapped.


Sorry No Image AvailableHeinrich Gerlach
Takes command on November 1940
Ends command on July 1941

Sorry No Image AvailableKurt Haun
Takes command on July 1941
Ends command on September 1941

Sorry No Image AvailableHeinz Peters
Takes command on September 1941
Ends command on August 1943

Sorry No Image AvailableCarl-Heinz Birnbacher
Takes command on August 1943
Ends command on November 1943

Sorry No Image AvailableAlfred Gohrbrandt
Takes command on December 1943
Ends command on May 1945


Z25 Destroyer picture 2

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