Lindau-class minehunter

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Lindau-Klasse.jpg
Museum ship M1077 Weilheim
Class overview
Builders:Burmester Werft, Bremen
Operators:
In commission:1957–present
Completed:18
General characteristics
Type:Coastal minehunter
Displacement:470 tonnes (463 long tons)
Length:47.2 m (154 ft 10 in)
Beam:8.3 m (27 ft 3 in)
Draft:3 m (9 ft 10 in)
Speed:16.5 knots (30.6 km/h; 19.0 mph)
Range:1,360 km (730 nmi)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Navigation radar
  • Hull-mounted DSQS-11 mine-detection sonar or Plessey 193M
Armament:1 × Bofors 40 mm

Type 320 Lindau-class minehunters was a class of German coastal minehunters built as part of the first FRG naval program. The ships were made from non-metallic components and built by Burmester Bremen. None of these ships now remain in service with the German Navy. Several went into service with the Estonian and Lithuanian Navy, as well as the Latvian Naval Forces. Flensburg and Weilheim became museum pieces.

Starting in 1970, 11 vessels of this class were upgraded to Type 331 Fulda-class minehunters. Beginning 1979, the six remaining vessels of this class were upgraded to Type 351 Ulm class. They were replaced by the Type 352 Ensdorf-class minesweepers.

All six Type 351s were sold to the South African Navy in 2001. The remaining five ships were sold by the South African Navy to a private owner in 2009 for conversion into pleasure vessels.

Ship list[edit]

Pennant
number
NameServiceUpgradeNotes
M1072Lindau1 February 1958–1975Type 331To Estonian Navy 2000. Renamed Sulev.
M1070Göttingen1 April 1957–1976Type 331To Latvian Navy 2000. Used as spares hulk.
M1071Koblenz6 May 1957–1975Type 331To Lithuanian Navy 1999. Renamed Sūduvis.
M1075Wetzlar24 June 1957–1976Type 331
M1074Tübingen12 August 1957–1975Type 331converted to private yacht,Gibraltar flag, retains most of original appearance including navy grey paint (except white top on funnel)
M1073Schleswig2 October 1957–1979Type 351To South African Navy 2001. Renamed SAS Tshwane
M1076Paderborn4 February 1957–1979Type 351To South African Navy 2001. Renamed SAS Mangaung
M1077Weilheim5 December 1958–1976Type 331On display at the Deutsches Marine Museum, Wilhelmshaven
M1078Cuxhaven11 March 1958–1976Type 331To Estonian Navy 2000. Renamed Wambola
M1079Düren12 June 1958–1979Type 351To South African Navy 2001. Renamed SAS Kapa
M1080Marburg4 August 1958–1976Type 331To Lithuanian Navy 2000. Renamed Kursis.
M1081Konstanz30 August 1958–1980Type 351To South African Navy 2001. Used as spares hulk. Expended as target by two Exocet MM40 missiles from SA Navy frigates Amatola and Isandlwana during Exercise Red Lion on 1 November 2007 about 90 km (56 mi) west of Saldanha Bay, South Africa.
M1082Wolfsburg10 December 1958–1979Type 351To South African Navy 2001. Renamed SAS Tekwini
M1083Ulm10 February 1959–1978Type 351To South African Navy 2001. Used as spares hulk.
M1084Flensburg7 April 1959–1970Type 331Museum ship
M1085Minden9 June 1959–1975Type 331To Coast Guard of Georgia 1998. Renamed Ayety (აეტი)
M1086Fulda19 August 1959–Type 331
M1087Völkingen20 October 1959–1976Type 331To Latvian Navy 2000. Renamed LVNS Nemejs

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