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M 604

Minesweeper




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Service Data

In Service: 18 January 1945 to 1948

Production Data

Ordered:
Builder: AG Neptun, Rostock
Construction No: 538
Laid down:
Launched: 10 November 1944
Commissioned: 18 January 1945

Technical Data

Type: 1943 Type Minesweeper/Minensuchboot
Class: M 601 Class

Displacement: 582 tons standard 821 tons full load
Length: 67.75 m
Beam: 9 m
Draft: 2.68 m
Propulsion: 2 × vertical 3 cylinder triple expansion engines producing up to 2,150 shp
Propellers:
Speed: 17 knots
Range: 4,000 nautical miles at 10 knots
Crew: 101 men and officers
Armament:
2 × 10.5 cm L/45
carried 300 rounds
2 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30
carried 4000 rounds
8 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 16000 rounds
1 × 7.3 cm Föhn rocket launcher
24 mines
Armour 10 mm
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Electronics:
Operators: Kriegsmarine
Variants:

Other: Minesweepers
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History

The M 604 Minesweeper (Minensuchboot) was built in the 1940s by AG Neptun shipyard located in Rostock, Germany as a minesweeper or escort vessel for the Kriegsmarine.

These minesweepers were constructed out of seven prefabricated units and transported to the shipyards by rail for final assembly. However basic construction was similar to previous minesweepers, transverse frame steel construction, which was partly welded, this vessel also had thirteen watertight compartments and a double bottom with hard chine bow 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 12. 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

18 January 1945
The Minesweeper M 604 is commissioned.

1945
The Minesweeper M 604 becomes operational with the 12. Minensuchflottille.

1945
The Minesweeper M 604 is seized as a prize of war by the British.

1945
The Minesweeper M 604 serves with the German Mine Sweeping Administration (GMSA).

1948
The Minesweeper M 604 is broken up, and scrapped in Britain.

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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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