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M 3

Minesweeper




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Service Data

In Service: 10 December 1938 to 1945

Production Data

Ordered:
Builder: HC Stülcken Sohn, Hamburg
Construction No: 712
Laid down:
Launched: 28 September 1937
Commissioned: 10 December 1938

Technical Data

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

Displacement: 682 tons standard 874 tons full load
Length: 68.1 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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Operators: Kriegsmarine
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Other: Minesweepers
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History

The M 3 Minesweeper (Minensuchboot) was built in the 1930s by HC Stülcken Sohn 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 1. Minensuchflottille during World War II.

Career

10 December 1938
The Minesweeper M 3 is commissioned.

1938
The Minesweeper M 3 becomes operational with the 1. Minensuchflottille.

15 November 1945
The Minesweeper M 3 is seized as a prize of war by the Russians.

1945
The Minesweeper M 3 is transferred to the Black Sea fleet as a T 9 class minesweeper.

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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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