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M 201


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Service Data

In Service: 20 December 1940 to 1948

Production Data

Builder: AG Neptun, Rostock
Construction No: 494
Laid down:
Launched: 18 May 1940
Commissioned: 20 December 1940

Technical Data

Type: 1935/39 Type Minesweeper/Minensuchboot
Class: M 1 Class

Displacement: 685 tons standard 878 tons full load
Length: 68.4 m
Beam: 8.7 m
Draft: 2.65 m
Propulsion: 2 × Lentz uniform expansion engines producing up to 3,200 shp
Propellers: 2
Speed: 18.3 knots
Range: 5,000 nautical miles at 10 knots
Crew: 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
30 mines
Armour 10 mm
Operators: Kriegsmarine

Other: Minesweepers


The M 201 Minesweeper (Minensuchboot) was built in the 1940s by AG Neptun shipyard located in Rostock, 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 5. Minensuchflottille, 6. Minensuchflottille and 7. Minensuchflottille during World War II.

And after the surrender of Germany was employed in the German Mine Sweeping Administration (GMSA) which was controlled by the allies.


20 December 1940
The Minesweeper M 201 is commissioned.

The Minesweeper M 201 served with the following flotilla's 5. Minensuchflottille, 6. Minensuchflottille and 7. Minensuchflottille.

10 July 1941
The Minesweeper M 201 is severely damaged after hitting a mine in the Irben Straits.

The Minesweeper M 201 undergoes repairs and is later recommissioned

The Minesweeper M 201 is seized as a prize of war by the British.

The Minesweeper M 201 serves with the German Mine Sweeping Administration (GMSA).

The Minesweeper M 201 serves in Britain.

The Minesweeper M 201 is broken up and scrapped.



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