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Scharnhorst class Frigate

(ex British Black Swan & modified Black Swan-class sloops)

 

 

 

 

 

Ships:

 

unit

data

 

F 213 FGS Scharnhorst

ex HMS Mermaid / U 30

(modified Black Swan class)

Builder: William Denny & Brothers, Dumbarton, UK

laid down: September 8, 1942

launched: November 11, 1943

commissioned: May 12, 1944 (Royal Navy)

sold to West Germany: 1957

modification & complete overhaul

commissioned: May 28, 1959 (German Navy)

temporary decommissioned: spring 1961

converted

recommissioned: July 25, 1962

decommissioned: March 15, 1968

put in reserve and mothballed in 1968

stricken: September 30, 1972

converted to a static school & training unit

out of service: November 7, 1989

fate: sold for scrap; scrapped

namesake: Gerhard Johann David Waitz von Scharnhorst (1755-1813), Prussian General

 

F 214 FGS Hipper

ex HMS Actaeon / U 07

(modified Black Swan class)

Builder: John I. Thornycroft & Co., Woolston, Hampshire, UK

laid down: May 15, 1944

launched: July 25, 1945

commissioned: July 24, 1946 (Royal Navy)

sold to West Germany: 1957

modification & complete overhaul

commissioned: January 10, 1959 (German Navy)

decommissioned: July 31, 1964

fate: sold for scrap in 1967; scrapped

namesake: Admiral Franz Ritter von Hipper (1863-1932), German Imperial Navy

 

F 215 FGS Graf Spee

ex HMS Flamingo / L 18, U 18

(Black Swan class)

Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilding, Scotstoun, UK

laid down: May 26, 1938

launched: April 18, 1939

commissioned: November 3, 1939 (Royal Navy)

sold to West Germany: 1957

modification & complete overhaul

commissioned: February 21, 1959 (German Navy)

decommissioned: July 31, 1964

fate: sold for scrap in 1967; scrapped

namesake: Vice Admiral Maximilian Graf von Spee (1861-1914), died in action in WWI

 

F 216 FGS Scheer

ex HMS Hart / U 58

(modified Black Swan class)

Builder: Alex Stephen, Linthouse, UK

laid down: March 27, 1942

launched: July 7, 1943

commissioned: December 12, 1943 (Royal Navy)

sold to West Germany: 1957

modification & complete overhaul

commissioned: May 21, 1959 (German Navy)

decommissioned: December 12, 1967

fate: sold for scrap in 1967; scrapped

namesake: Admiral Reinhard Scheer (1863-1928), German Imperial Navy

 

 

 

Specifications:

 

Displacement:

1250 tons (original) / 1350 tons (modified)

 

Length:

91,29 meters

 

Beam:

11,43 meters (original) / (11,73 meters = modified)

 

Draft:

3,4 meters

 

Speed:

20 knots, max. (37 km/h)

 

Propulsion:

2 geared steam turbines / 2 boilers (3600 hp - original / 4300 hp - modified) / 2 shafts / 2 propellers

 

Range:

7500 NM (13900 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)

 

Crew:

180 (original) / 192 (modified)

 

Armament:

(as built)

6 x 4 (101,6mm) guns (3 x 2)

4 x Vickers 2-pounder 40mm AA guns (1 x 4) (original)

4 x Bofors 40mm AA guns (modified)

4 x 12,7mm AA machine guns (original)

12 x 20mm Oerlikon AA guns (6 x 2) (modified)

40 x depth charges (110 modified)

 

NOTE:

used as training & school Frigates

 

 

 

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