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Service Data

In Service: 1941 to 1976

Production Data

Builder: Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder
Construction No: 3415
Laid down:
Launched: 26 June 1941
Commissioned: 1941

Technical Data

Type: 1936-42 Type R-boat/Räumboot
Class: R21 Class

Displacement: tons standard 135 tons full load
Length: 37.8 m
Beam: 5.82 m
Draft: 1.51 m
Propulsion: 2 × MWM 6 × cylinder 4 stroke diesel engines producing up to 1,800 ehp
Propellers: 2 × Voith-Schneider
Speed: 20 knots
Range: 900 nautical miles at 15 knots
Crew: 38 men and officers
6 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 6000 rounds
Operators: Kriegsmarine

Other: R-boats


The R76 R-boat (Räumboot) was built in the 1940s by Abeking & Rasmussen shipyard located in Lemwerder, Germany as a minesweeper or escort vessel for the Kriegsmarine.

And which served in the 1. Räumbootsflottille during World War II.

And after the surrender of Germany was employed in the German Mine Sweeping Administration (GMSA), United States Labour Service Unit C (LSU-C) and United States Labour Service Unit B (LSU-B) which were controlled by the allies.


The R-boat R76 is commissioned.

The R-boat R76 becomes operational with the 1. Räumbootsflottille.

15 September 1944
The R-boat R76 is sunk after being engaged by Finnish gunfire.
Position 60 05N 26 58E.

The R-boat R76 is refloated and refitted.

The R-boat R76 serves with the German Mine Sweeping Administration (GMSA).

1 December 1947
The R-boat R76 is seized as a prize of war by the USA.

The R-boat R76 serves with the United States Labour Service Unit C (LSU-C) as the US Leopard.

27 May 1948
The US Leopard is transferred to the Ostdeutsche Dampfsch AG in Hamburg, as the Rhine tug Leopard.

15 September 1953
The Leopard serves with the United States Labour Service Unit B (LSU-B) as the USN 145.

30 October 1956
The USN 145 is renamed to Atair whilst serving with the German Federal Navy (Bundesmarine).

15 April 1960
The Atair is renamed to WBRV and removedfrom active service.

2 October 1970
The WBRV is stricken from naval records.

15 December 1970
The WBRV is sold to the sea sports club at Büsum

The WBRV is cannibalised and broken up, and scrapped.



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