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Type 119 (Z1 / ex US Fletcher) class Destroyer

 

type 119 zerstörer z1 class destroyer us fletcher german navy

 

 

 

 

Ships:

 

unit

data

 

D 170 FGS Z 1 (Zerstörer 1)

ex USS Anthony / DD 515

Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, USA

 

US service (1942-46):

laid down: August 17, 1942

launched: December 20, 1942

commissioned: February 26, 1943

decommissioned: April 17, 1946

transferred to West Germany: January 17, 1958

 

German Navy service (1959-72):

returned to US: April 15, 1972

stricken (US): April 15, 1972

sold to Germany for cannibalization & scrapping: June 27, 1972

stricken (Germany): 1976

fate: sunk as a target on May 16, 1979 (Mediterranean Sea)

 

D 171 FGS Z 2 (Zerstörer 2)

ex USS Ringgold / DD 500

Builder: Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock, Kearny, New Jersey, USA

 

US service (1942-46):

laid down: June 25, 1942

launched: November 11, 1942

commissioned: December 30, 1942

decommissioned: March 23, 1946

transferred to West Germany: July 14, 1959

 

German Navy service (1959-81):

transferred to Greece: September 18, 1981

 

Hellenic Navy service (1981-87):

renamed: HS Kimon (D 42)

placed in reserve (Greece): 1987

fate: scrapped

 

D 172 FGS Z 3 (Zerstörer 3)

ex USS Wadsworth / DD 516

Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, USA

 

US service (1942-46):

laid down: August 18, 1942

launched: January 10, 1943

commissioned: March 16, 1943

decommissioned: April 18, 1946

transferred to West Germany: October 6, 1959

 

German Navy service (1959-80):

transferred to Greece: October 15, 1980

 

Hellenic Navy service (1980-91):

renamed: HS Nearchos (D 65)

decommissioned (Greece): 1991

fate: scrapped in 1991

 

D 178 FGS Z 4 (Zerstörer 4)

ex USS Claxton / DD 571

Builder: Consolidated Steel Co., Orange, Texas, USA

 

US service (1942-46):

laid down: June 25, 1941

launched: April 1, 1942

commissioned: December 8, 1942

decommissioned: April 18, 1946

transferred to West Germany: December 16, 1959

 

German Navy service (1959-81):

transferred to Greece for spare parts: February 1981

fate: cannibalized & finally scrapped in Greece

 

D 179 FGS Z 5 (Zerstörer 5)

ex USS Dyson / DD 572

Builder: Consolidated Steel Co., Orange, Texas, USA

 

US service (1942-47):

laid down: June 25, 1941

launched: April 15, 1942

commissioned: December 30, 1942

decommissioned: March 31, 1947

transferred to West Germany: February 17, 1960

 

German Navy service (1960-82):

transferred to Greece for spare parts: February 1982

fate: cannibalized & finally scrapped in Greece

 

D 180 FGS Z 6 (Zerstörer 6)

ex USS Charles Ausburne / DD 570

Builder: Consolidated Steel Co., Orange, Texas, USA

 

US service (1942-46):

laid down: May 14, 1941

launched: March 16, 1942

commissioned: November 24, 1942

decommissioned: April 18, 1946

transferred to West Germany: April 12, 1960

 

German Navy service (1960-68):

decommissioned & stricken: October 1968

fate: finally scrapped

 

 

 

Specifications:

 

Displacement:

2750 tons (full load)

 

Length:

114,7 meters

 

Beam:

12,1 meters

 

Draft:

4,4 meters

 

Speed:

35 knots (65 km/h)

 

Propulsion:

2 General Electric geared steam turbines / 4 Babcock & Wilcox boilers (60000 shp) / 2 shafts / 2 propellers

 

Range:

5500 NM (8850 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)

 

Crew:

approx. 250

 

Armament:

(as built)

5 x single 5”/38-caliber guns

6 - 10 x 40mm Bofors AA guns

7 - 10 x 20mm Oerlikon AA guns

10 x 21” (533mm) torpedo tubes

6 x depth charge projectors (K-guns)

2 x depth charge racks

 

 

 

images:

 

 

d 171 fgs z2 zerstörer german navy destroyer type 119

D 171 FGS Zerstörer 2 (Z2)

 

d 180 fgs zerstörer z6 german navy type 119 class destroyer fletcher

D 180 FGS Zerstörer 6 (Z6) - photo: Bundesarchiv

 

 

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