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Z15 Erich Steinbrinck 1934a



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Z 15 Erich Steinbrinck (1945) 


Named after the toprpedo boat commander Erich Steincbrinck in World War I.

Z15 Erich Steinbrinck  was part of the 3th destroyer division at the outbreak of the war, operating in the Baltic Sea near Danzig and later transferred to the North Sea after the Polnish campaign. The ship took part in two mining operations in British coastal waters.

From June 1941, the ship was stationed in Norway where it was used during Operation Sizilien . in September 1943. In November 1943, Z15 Erich Steinbrinck  was used for escort duties between Norway and Germany and patrols at Jutland. In June of 1944 the destroyer was badly damaged during an air raid on Hamburg and decommissioned on 10.05.1945.

Taken over by the British, given to Russia where it was added to soviet fleet lists on 05.11.1945. Taken over by a Russian crew on 02.01.19146 it arrived in Libau three days later and was renamed to Pylikiy on 13.02.1946. Between 15.02.1946 and 13.02.1946 it served in the North Baltic Fleet and was put into reserve after that The ship was disarmed and reclassified as floating barrack PKZ-2 in 30.04.1949 at the Kronshtadt Naval Fortress. On 24.12.1955 it was transferred to Leningrad, removed from fleet lists on 12.02.1958 and scrapped after that.


Construction Data Dimensions Commanders
Laid down:     Blohm & Voß Hamburg, 30.03.1935
Launched:     24.09.1936
Commissioned:     31.05.1938
Fate:     scrapped 1958
Costs:     14,1 Mio Reichsmark
Size (Max):     3165 t
Length (Total):     121,0 m
Length (Waterline):     116,0 m
Beam:     11,3 m
Draft:     4,23 m
Crew:     325
KK/FK Johannesson:     Jun 1938 - Jan 1942
KK Frhr. Freytag v. Loringhoven:     Jan 1942 - Dec 1942
KK/FK Teichmann:     Dec 1942 - Nov 1944
FK Röver:     Nov 1944 - May 1945



Armour and Aircraft

Engines & Performance

12,7 cm L/45 C/36:     5 (4 since 1944)
3,7 cm L/83 C/30:     4 (14 since 1944)
2 cm MG L/65 C/30:     6
53,3 cm Torpedo tubes:     8
Mines:     60
Shafts:     2
Turbines:     2
Type:     Wagner Geared Turbines
Total Performance:     70000 shp
Speed:     37,0 kn
Range:     2680 sm at 19 kn

Operational History