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M 28


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Service Data

In Service: 22 May 1941 to 14 January 1957

Production Data

Builder: HC Stülcken Sohn, Hamburg
Construction No: 744
Laid down:
Launched: 29 July 1940
Commissioned: 22 May 1941

Technical Data

Type: 1938 Type Minesweeper/Minensuchboot
Class: M 25 Class

Displacement: 713 tons standard 908 tons full load
Length: 71 m
Beam: 9.2 m
Draft: 2.12 m
Propulsion: 2 × Lentz uniform expansion engines producing up to 3,200 shp
Propellers: 2 × Voith-Schneider
Speed: 18.1 knots
Range: 5,000 nautical miles at 10 knots
Crew: 90 men and officers
2 × 10.5 cm L/45
carried 480 rounds
3 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 6000 rounds
30 mines
Armour 10 mm
Operators: Kriegsmarine

Other: Minesweepers


The M 28 Minesweeper (Minensuchboot) was built in the 1940s 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 thirteen watertight compartments and a double bottom. 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 8. 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.


22 May 1941
The Minesweeper M 28 is commissioned.

The Minesweeper M 28 becomes operational with the 8. Minensuchflottille.

16 January 1945
The Minesweeper M 28 is removed from active service at St Nazaire.

The Minesweeper M 28 is seized as a prize of war by the British.

The Minesweeper M 28 serves with the German Mine Sweeping Administration (GMSA).

9 October 1947
The Minesweeper M 28 is transferred to France and the renamed Meuse.

14 January 1957
The Meuse is stricken from naval records and used as the hulk Q 79, near Brest.



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