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R4

R-boat




R4 R-boat

Service Data

In Service: 1932 to 22 February 1945

Production Data

Ordered:
Builder: Abeking & Rasmussen, Lemwerder
Construction No: 2720
Laid down:
Launched: 25 May 1932
Commissioned: 1932

Technical Data

Type: 1930-33 Type R-boat/Räumboot
Class: R1 Class

Displacement: tons standard 46.2 tons full load
Length: 26.5 m
Beam: 4.38 m
Draft: 1.58 m
Propulsion: 2 × MWM RS 127 Su 6 × cylinder 4 stroke diesel engines producing up to 714 ehp
Propellers: 2 × Voith-Schneider
Speed: 19.5 knots
Range: 800 nautical miles at 13 knots
Crew: 18 men and officers
Armament:
1 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30
carried 2000 rounds
4 × 2 cm MG L/65 C/30 later
carried 4000 rounds
10 mines
Armour
Aircraft:
Electronics:
Operators: Reichsmarine, Kriegsmarine
Variants:

Other: R-boats
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History

The R4 R-boat (Räumboot) was built in the 1930s by Abeking & Rasmussen shipyard located in Lemwerder, Germany as a minesweeper or Escort vessel for the Reichsmarine which became later known as the Kriegsmarine

And which served in the 5. Räumbootsflottille and 6. Räumbootsflottille during the Second World War.

Career

1932
The R-boat R4 is commissioned.

1939
The R-boat R4 becomes operational with the 5. Räumbootsflottille.

1941
The R-boat R4 becomes operational with the 6. Räumbootsflottille.

22 February 1945
The R-boat R4 is attacked by Allied aircraft and sunk off Albona.
Position 45 05N 14 10E.

1945
The R-boat R4 is raised.

1945
The R-boat R4 is stricken from naval records.

1945
The wreck off R-boat R4 is transferred to Pola, and scuttled.

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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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