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Type 205 class Submarine

 

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Units:

 

unit

commissioned

decommissioned

fate

 

S 180 FGS U1

June 6, 1967

November 29, 1991

scrapped

 

S 181 FGS U2

October 11, 1966

March 19, 1993

scrapped

 

S 183 FGS U4

November 19, 1962

August 1, 1974

scrapped

 

S 184 FGS U5

July 4, 1963

May 17, 1974

scrapped

 

S 185 FGS U6

July 4, 1963

August 22, 1974

scrapped

 

S 186 FGS U7

March 16, 1964

September 30, 1965

scrapped

 

S 187 FGS U8

July 22, 1964

October 9, 1974

scrapped

 

S 188 FGS U9

April 11, 1967

June 3, 1993

Museum boat - Speyer

 

S 189 FGS U10

November 28, 1967

February 16, 1993

Museum boat - Wilhelmshaven

 

S 190 FGS U11

June 21, 1968

October 30, 2003

Museum boat - Burgstaaken, Fehmarn island

 

S 191 FGS U12

January 14, 1969

June 21, 2005

converted to a sonar experimental boat

 

 

 

NOTES:

 

The Type 205 was a class of diesel-electric German hunter-killer U-boat submarines. They were single-hull vessels optimized for the use in the shallow Baltic Sea. The Type 205 is a direct evolution of the Type 201 class with lengthened hull, new machinery and sensors. The biggest difference though is that ST-52 steel is used for the pressure hull since the Type 201's non-magnetic steel proved to be problematic. Type 206, the follow-on class, finally succeeded with non-magnetic steel hulls.

U-1 and U-2 were originally built as Type 201 submarines with pressure hulls made of non-magnetic steel, but were rebuilt as Type 205 with new pressure hulls out of normal steel after corrosion problems and small cracks were detected.

U-1 was given back to Nordseewerke and was used to test an experimental closed-cycle diesel air-independent propulsion system before being scrapped.

U-11 was transformed to a Type 205A double-hulled boat (the outer hull filled with polystyrene foam to make it unsinkable) and used as torpedo target.

U-12 was used for sonar trials as Type 205B.

 

All units were built by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW), Kiel, Germany.

 

 

 

Specifications:

 

Displacement:

450 tons (surfaced) / 500 tons (submerged)

 

Length:

43,9 meters

 

Beam:

4,6 meters

 

Draft:

4,3 meters

 

Speed:

10 knots (19 km/h) surfaced / 17 knots (31 km/h) submerged

 

Propulsion:

DIESEL-ELECTRIC

2 x Mercedes-Benz 4-stroke V12 diesel engines (2 x 600 hp) each coupled with a BBC generator

1 x electric motor (1300 hp)

1 shaft / 1 propeller

 

Range:

4200 NM (7800 km) at 5 knots (9 km/h) surfaced / 228 NM (422 km) at 4 knots (7 km/h) submerged

 

Crew:

22

 

Armament:

8 x 533mm torpedo tubes for torpedoes or naval mines

 

 

 

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