LKL Kuršis (M51)

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LKL Kursis (M51)
Career (Germany)
Name: Marburg (M1080)
Namesake: Koblenz
Builder: Burmester Werft, Bremen
Launched: 4 August 1958
Commissioned: 11 June 1959
Decommissioned: 1976
Refit: 1960–64, to Type 331 minehunter
Fate: donated to Lithuania, 2001
Career (Lithuania)
Name: Kursis (M51)
Acquired: 2001
Commissioned: 27 April 2001
Status: in active service, as of 2015
General characteristics
Class and type: Lindau-class minesweeper
Displacement: 395 t (389 long tons)
Length: 47.1 m (154 ft 6 in)
Beam: 8.3 m (27 ft 3 in)
Draught: 3.71 m (12 ft 2 in)
Propulsion: 2 x MTU 871 diesel engines
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • search sonar (193M)
Armament:
  • Bofors L/70 (40 mm) cannons
  • DK (12.7 mm) machine guns
  • combat radio-electronic devices
  • mine destruction charges
  • 2 x Type PAP 104 underwater ROVs
  • trawling equipment

LKL Kursis (M51) is a minehunter of the Lithuanian Naval Force. Built in West Germany in 1958 as Marburg (M1080), a Lindau-class (or Type 320) minesweeper for the German Navy, she was upgraded to a Type 331 minehunter in the early 1960s. Germany donated Marburg in 2001 to the Lithuanian Naval Force, which renamed the ship Kursis. The vessel augmented the Squadron of Mine-hunters, which had been established in 1999 with the similar donation of sister ship Koblenz, which became Sūduvis (M52).

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