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Niedersachsen

Minelayer




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Service Data

In Service: 20 December 1943 to 15 February 1944

Production Data

Ordered:
Builder: Burgmeister & Wain Kopenhagen
Construction No:
Laid down: 1934
Launched: 1934
Commissioned: 20 December 1943

Technical Data

Type: Minelayer / Minenleger
Class:

Displacement: 1,794 tons
Length: waterline 86.71 m overall
Beam: 12.62 m
Draft: 5.8 m
Propulsion:
Propellers:
Speed: 13 knots
Range:
Crew: men and officers
Armament:
2 × 10.5 cm L/45
2 × 6.9 cm
12 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
260 mines
Armour
Aircraft:
Electronics:
Operators: Kriegsmarine
Variants:

Other: Minelayers
Articles:

History



Career

1934
Served the French as Guyane (ex Doro).

4 December 1942
The minelayer Guyane is transferred to Italy as Acqui.

12 December 1943
The Acqui is taken over by the Germans.

20 December 1943
The Acqui is renamed Niedersachsen and commissioned.

15 February 1944
The minelayer Niedersachsen is sunk by torpedo from British submarine HMS Upstart.
Position 43° 02 6N 06° 01 7E, 12 crew lost.

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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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