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M 327


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Service Data

In Service: 4 March 1944 to 1949

Production Data

Builder: Stettiner Oderwerke AG, Stettin
Construction No:
Laid down:
Launched: 12 June 1943
Commissioned: 4 March 1944

Technical Data

Type: 1940 Type Minesweeper/Minensuchboot
Class: M 261 Class

Displacement: 543 tons standard 775 tons full load
Length: 62.3 m
Beam: 8.9 m
Draft: 2.82 m
Propulsion: 2 × vertical 3 cylinder triple expansion engines producing up to 2,150 shp
Speed: 17.2 knots
Range: 4,000 nautical miles at 10 knots
Crew: 65 men and officers
1 × 10.5 cm L/45
carried 120 rounds
1 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30
carried 2000 rounds
2 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 4000 rounds
7 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30 after 1941
carried 14000 rounds
30 mines
Armour 10 mm
Operators: Kriegsmarine

Other: Minesweepers


The M 327 Minesweeper (Minensuchboot) was built in the 1940s by Stettiner Oderwerke AG shipyard located in Stettin, Germany as a minesweeper or escort vessel for the Kriegsmarine.

Construction was transverse frame of steel construction, which was partly welded, this vessel also had eleven watertight compartments and a double bottom with hard chine foreship and tug stern. The superstructure, Bridge etc was armored up to 10 mm in thickness. The propulsion system installed in these vessels was the two vertical three cylinder triple expansion engines. And when used as minesweepers the Kabel Fern Raum Gerat (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 11. Minensuchflottille, 21. Minensuchflottille and 27. 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.


4 March 1944
The Minesweeper M 327 is commissioned.

The Minesweeper M 327 served with the following flotilla's 11. Minensuchflottille, 21. Minensuchflottille and 27. Minensuchflottille.

The Minesweeper M 327 is seized as a prize of war by the USA.

The Minesweeper M 327 serves with the German Mine Sweeping Administration (GMSA).

18 June 1948
The Minesweeper M 327 transferred to to the Ostdeutsche Dampfschiff & Transport-Gesellschaft (DSTG)

The Minesweeper M 327 is seized as a prize of war by the Russians.

The Minesweeper M 327 is transferred to the Black Sea fleet as a T 7 class minesweeper.



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