German submarine U-580

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Career
Name: U-580
Ordered: 8 January 1940
Builder: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg
Yard number: 556
Laid down: 31 August 1940
Launched: 28 May 1941
Commissioned: 24 July 1941
Fate: Sunk after a collision in the Baltic Sea, November 1941
General characteristics
Type: Type VIIC submarine
Displacement: 769 tonnes (757 long tons) surfaced
871 t (857 long tons) submerged
Length: 67.1 m (220 ft 2 in) o/a
50.5 m (165 ft 8 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in) o/a
4.7 m (15 ft 5 in) pressure hull
Draft: 4.74 m (15 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 2 × supercharged Germaniawerft 6-cylinder 4-stroke F46 diesel engines, totalling 2,800–3,200 bhp (2,100–2,400 kW). Max rpm: 470-490
2 × electric motors, totalling 750 shp (560 kW) and max rpm: 296.
Speed: 17.7 knots (32.8 km/h; 20.4 mph) surfaced
7.6 knots (14.1 km/h; 8.7 mph) submerged
Range: 15,170 km (8,190 nmi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
150 km (81 nmi) at 4 knots (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Crush depth: 250–295 m (820–968 ft)
Complement: 44–52 officers and ratings
Armament: 5 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes (four bow, one stern)
14 × G7e torpedoes or 26 TMA mines
1 × 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun (220 rounds)
Various AA guns
Service record[1]
Part of: 5th U-boat Flotilla
(24 July–11 November 1941)
Commanders: Oblt.z.S. Hans-Günther Kuhlmann
(24 July–11 November 1941)
Operations: None
Victories: None

German submarine U-580 was a Type VIIC U-boat of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

She carried out no patrols and sank no ships.

She was sunk after a collision in the Baltic Sea, in November 1941.

Service history[edit]

The submarine was laid down on 31 August 1940 at Blohm & Voss, Hamburg as 'werk' 556, launched on 28 May 1941 and commissioned on 24 July under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Hans-Günther Kuhlmann.

She served with the 5th U-boat Flotilla from 24 July 1941.

Fate[edit]

U-580 was sunk after a collision with the target ship Angelburg in the Baltic Sea, on 11 November 1941.

Twelve men died and there were 32 survivors. Obermaat Walter Sagawe saved 3 sailors, but he sank with U-580. We have this Information in a Letter from Kommandant Kuhlmann.

U-580 was found in the Baltic sea near Lithuanian port city of Klaipėda in 2013 July 1[2] by a Lithuanian diving team.[3]

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