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Lothringen

Minelayer




Lothringen Minelayer

Service Data

In Service:1942 to14 April 1966

Production Data

Ordered:
Builder: Forges et Chantiers de la Méditerranée SA Le Havre
Construction No:
Laid down: 1941
Launched: 19 December 1941
Commissioned: 1942

Technical Data

Type: Minelayer / Minenleger
Class:

Displacement: 1,975 tons
Length: waterline 94.5 m overall
Beam: 12.1 m
Draft: 3.15 m
Propulsion:
Propellers:
Speed: 24 knots
Range:
Crew: men and officers
Armament:
2 × 8.8 cm L/45 SK C/30
2 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30
3 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
200 mines
Armour
Aircraft:
Electronics:
Operators: Kriegsmarine
Variants:

Other: Minelayers
Articles:

History



Career

1942
The Lothringen is commissioned.

1942
The Lothringen served as a target ship for the U-boats.

1944
The Lothringen is converted to a minelayer.

24 June 1944
The minelayer Lothringen is on active duty.

17 November 1945
The minelayer Lothringen returns to Germany.

1951
The minelayer Lothringen is sold to the British as Londres.

1963
The minelayer Londres became Greek Ionion II.

1964
The Greek minelayer Ionion II was renamed Sofoclis Venizelos.

1964 The Greek minelayer Sofoclis Venizelos

14 April 1966
The Greek minelayer Sofoclis Venizelos burns out and sinks in Piraeus harbour.

Commanders



Gallery

Lothringen Minelayer picture 2

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Sources

German Warships, 1815-1945: Major Surface Vessels.
ISBN-10: 0851775330

German Warships, 1815-1945: U-boats and Mine Warfare Vessels.
ISBN-10: 155750301X

German warships of the Second World War.
ISBN-10: 0668040378

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