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M 253

Minesweeper




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Service Data

In Service: 21 April 1941 to 1976

Production Data

Ordered:
Builder: Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg
Construction No: 287
Laid down:
Launched: 23 November 1940
Commissioned: 21 April 1941

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
Armament:
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
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Electronics:
Operators: Kriegsmarine
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Other: Minesweepers
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History

The M 253 Minesweeper (Minensuchboot) was built in the 1940s by Deutsche Werft AG shipyard located in Hamburg, 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 and 6. 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.

Career

21 April 1941
The Minesweeper M 253 is commissioned.

1941
The Minesweeper M 253 served with the following flotilla's 5. Minensuchflottille and 6. Minensuchflottille.

1945
The Minesweeper M 253 is seized as a prize of war by the USA.

1945
The Minesweeper M 253 serves with the German Mine Sweeping Administration (GMSA).

9 October 1947
The Minesweeper M 253 is transferred to France and renamed Vimy.

22 November 1956
The Vimy is stricken from naval records and is used as the hulk Q 77.

12 February 1957
The Q 77 is renamed to Bremse whilst serving with the German Federal Navy (Bundesmarine).

5 October 1963
The Bremse is removed from active service and is used as a target ship.

24 August 1976
The Bremse is transferred to Wilhelmshaven.

1976
The Bremse is broken up and scrapped.

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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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