German submarine U-651

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Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-651
Ordered: 9 October 1939
Builder: Howaldtswerke Hamburg AG
Laid down: 16 January 1940
Launched: 21 December 1940
Commissioned: 12 February 1941
Fate: Sunk 29 June 1941 south of Iceland, 45 survivors.
General characteristics
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: 8,500 nmi (15,700 km; 9,800 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
80 nmi (150 km; 92 mi) 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 & ratings
Armament: 4 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes in the bow
14 × torpedoes or 26 TMA mines
1 × 8.8 cm (3.46 in) deck gun (220 rounds)
Various AA guns

German submarine U-651 was a German Type VIIC U-boat built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine for service during World War II. She was ordered just after the war started in 1939, laid down on 16 January 1940, launched in December that year and commissioned the following February. She was commanded by Kapitänleutnant Peter Lohmeyer.

Her career was a short one. She took part in only one patrol and sunk two ships in convoy Convoy HX 133: the merchantmen Brockley Hill and SS Grayburn. She was sunk by the escort for the same convoy but 45 of her crew were rescued by the Royal Navy and interrogated by the Admiralty.

Ships credited for the sinking of U-651[edit]

Summary of Raiding Career[edit]

Date Ship Name Nationality Tonnage (GRT) Fate[1]
24 June 1941 Brockley Hill  United Kingdom 5,297 Sunk
29 June 1941 Grayburn  United Kingdom 6,342 Sunk

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U-651 successes". UBoat.net. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 

Coordinates: 59°52′N 18°36′W / 59.867°N 18.600°W / 59.867; -18.600