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R408

R-boat




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Service Data

In Service: 22 November 1944 to 1977

Production Data

Ordered:
Builder: Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder
Construction No: 3808
Laid down:
Launched: 1944
Commissioned: 22 November 1944

Technical Data

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

Displacement: 140 tons standard 150 tons full load
Length: 35.4 m
Beam: 5.55 m
Draft: 1.65 m
Propulsion: 2 × MWM RS 127 Su 6 × cylinder 4 stroke diesel engines producing up to 2,800 ehp
Propellers: 2
Speed: 25 knots
Range: 1,100 nautical miles at 15 knots
Crew: 37 men and officers
Armament:
1 × 3.7 cm L/83 SK C/30
carried 1000 rounds
6 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 2000 rounds
2 × 8.6 cm rocket launchers
12 mines
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Operators: Kriegsmarine
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History

The R408 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 16. Räumbootsflottille during the Second World War.

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

Career

22 November 1944
The R-boat R408 is commissioned.

1944
The R-boat R408 becomes operational with the 16. Räumbootsflottille.

1945
The R-boat R408 serves with the German Mine Sweeping Administration (GMSA).

27 November 1947
The R-boat R408 is seized as a prize of war by the USA.

19 May 1948
The R-boat R408 is transferred to DDG Hansa Bremen, as the motor passenger vessel Hansa VI.

15 September 1953
The Hansa VI serves with the United States Labour Service Unit B (LSU-B) as the USN 155.

11 December 1956
The USN 155 is renamed to UW 6 whilst serving with the German Federal Navy (Bundesmarine).

11 January 1963
The UW 6 is stricken from naval records.

1963
The UW 6 is converted to powersupply boat Stromer.

1977
The Stromer is broken up and scrapped, at Kiel.

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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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