1 September 1941 to 10 July 1943
4 January 1941
1 September 1941
1935/39 Type Minesweeper/Minensuchboot
M 1 Class
685 tons standard 878 tons full load
2 × Lentz uniform expansion engines producing up to 3,200 shp
5,000 nautical miles at 10 knots
90 men and officers
2 × 10.5 cm L/45
carried 480 rounds
2 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30
carried 3000 rounds
2 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 4000 rounds
4 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30 after 1942
carried 6000 rounds
The M 153 Minesweeper (Minensuchboot) was built in the 1940s
shipyard located in Stettin, Germany as a
minesweeper or escort vessel for the Kriegsmarine.
Construction was longitudinal and ransverse frame of steel construction,
which was partly welded, this vessel also had twelve watertight
compartments and a double bottom. The superstructure, Bridge
etc was made from light alloys. The propulsion system installed
in these vessels was the two Lentz uniform expansion engines.
And when used as minesweepers the Kabel Fern Raum Gerät
(KFRG) system was employed, which used generators producing
60 V, 20 kW to power the magnetic sweeping gear.
This vessel went on to serve in the 2. Minensuchflottille and 7. Minensuchflottille
during World War II.
1 September 1941
The Minesweeper M 153 is commissioned.
The Minesweeper M 153 served with the following flotilla's
2. Minensuchflottille and 7. Minensuchflottille.
10 July 1943
The Minesweeper M 153 is sunk after being attacked by a destroyer
and motor torpedo boats which caused engine failure and structural
damage, with a loss of 18 crew members, at 1800 hrs, off the
coast of Vizcaya.
German Warships, 1815-1945: Major Surface Vessels.
German Warships, 1815-1945: U-boats and Mine Warfare Vessels.
German warships of the Second World War.
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