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Z16 Friedrich Eckoldt 1934a



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Z16 Friedrich Eckoldt (1940)


Named after the torpedo boat commander Friedrich Eckoldt who dies during the Battle of Jutland in World War I.

Z16 Friedrich Eckoldt 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 four mining operations in British coastal waters, including the ill fated Operation Wikinger in February 1940.

During Operation Weserübung  the Z16 Friedrich Eckoldt was part of the Kriegsschiffgruppe 2 heading for Trondheim. After a short time in the Channel, the ship returned to Norway in spring of 1942. It was sunk  by the British cruisers Jamaica and Sheffield on 31.12.1942 during the Battle of the Barents Sea at 73°15'N,30°20'E


Construction Data Dimensions Commanders
Laid down:     Blohm & Voß Hamburg, 14.11.1935
Launched:     21.03.1937
Commissioned:     28.07.1938
Fate:     sunk 31.12.1942
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 Schemmel:     Aug 1938 - Feb 1941
KK Menge:     Feb 1941 - May 1941
KK/FK Schemmel:     May 1941 - Sep 1941
KK Menge:     Sep 1941 - Oct 1941
KK/FK Schemmel:     Oct 1941 - Jul 1942
KK Gerstung:     Aug 1942 - Dec 1942
KL Bachmann:     Dec 1942



Armour and Aircraft

Engines & Performance

12,7 cm L/45 C/36:     5
3,7 cm L/83 C/30:     4
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