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Service Data

In Service: 1944 to 18 December 1968

Production Data

Builder: Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder
Construction No: 3703
Laid down:
Launched: 11 January 1944
Commissioned: 1944

Technical Data

Type: 1937-43 Type R-boat/Räumboot
Class: R25 Class

Displacement: 150 tons standard 155 tons full load
Length: 41.05 m
Beam: 5.8 m
Draft: 1.67 m
Propulsion: 2 × MWM 6 × cylinder 4 stroke diesel engines producing up to 2,155 ehp
Propellers: 2 × Voith-Schneider
Speed: 19.8 knots
Range: 900 nautical miles at 15 knots
Crew: 41 men and officers
1 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30 later
carried 1000 rounds
2 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 2000 rounds
10 mines
Operators: Kriegsmarine

Other: R-boats


The R132 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 13. Räumbootsflottille during the Second World War.

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


The R-boat R132 is commissioned.

The R-boat R132 becomes operational with the 13. Räumbootsflottille.

The R-boat R132 serves with the German Mine Sweeping Administration (GMSA).

1 November 1947
The R-boat R132 is seized as a prize of war by the USA.

1 January 1948
The R-boat R132 serves with the German Mine Sweeping Formation Cuxhaven (MRVC).

1 July 1951
The R-boat R132 serves with the United States Labour Service Unit B (LSU-B) as the USN 132.

5 June 1956
The USN 132 is renamed to Orion whilst serving with the German Federal Navy (Bundesmarine).

19 January 1962
The Orion is removed from active service and is used as the accommodation vessel WBRIX.

18 December 1968
The WBRIX is transferred to the naval fellowship at Aschaffenburg as the accommodation vessel Orion.



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