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Kriegsmarine Flottenbegleiter F5




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The Flottenbegleiter F5 was u sed in the 1st Geleitflotille after being commissioned. Put out of service in April 1939 to be rebuild as a training ship for the anti-submarine school. On 18.12.1939 the ship was put into service again and was attached to the 23rd and 25th U-Flottilla as a torpedo recovery vessel where it served almost the entire war.

In 1944 it was assigned to the 7th M-flotilla in the North Sea and returned to the Baltic Sea in January 1945. On 29.01.1945 it was hit by a ground mine between Copenhagen and Swinemünde and despite its heavy damage - the complete stern was destroyed - it kept afloat. When it was attempted  to tow the ship to Swinemünde, the F5 collided with a wreck and capsized.


Construction Data Dimensions Commanders
Laid down:     Germaniawerft Kiel, 1934
Launched:     15.08.1935
Commissioned:     01.05.1936
Fate:     sunk 29.01.1945
Size (Max):     1028 t
Length (Total):     75,94 m
Length (Waterline):     73,50 m
Beam:     8,8 m
Draft:     3,24 m
Crew:     113



Armour and Aircraft

Engines & Performance

10,5 cm L/45:     2
3,7 cm L/83:     4
2 cm Flak:     2 (6 since 1944)
Depth Charge Launcher:     2 + 2
Shafts:     2
Turbines:     2
Type:     Geared Turbines
Total Performance:     16993 shp (14000 since 1940)
Speed:     28 kn 
Range:     1965 sm at 13 kn

Operational History