Lindau-class minesweeper

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Lindau class ship
Museum ship M1077 Weilheim
Class overview
Builders: Burmester Werft, Bremen
Operators:  German Navy
 South African Navy
 Estonian Navy
 Lithuanian Naval Force
 Latvian Naval Forces
 Coast Guard of Georgia
In commission: 1957–present
Completed: 18
General characteristics
Type: Coastal minesweeper
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 minesweepers was a class of German coastal mine warfare vessels 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 mine hunters. 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
Name Service Upgrade Notes
M1072 Lindau 1 February 1958–1975 Type 331 To Estonian Navy 2000. Renamed Sulev.
M1070 Göttingen 1 April 1957–1976 Type 331 To Latvian Navy 2000. Used as spares hulk.
M1071 Koblenz 6 May 1957–1975 Type 331 To Lithuanian Navy 1999. Renamed Sūduvis.
M1075 Wetzlar 24 June 1957–1976 Type 331
M1074 Tübingen 12 August 1957–1975 Type 331
M1073 Schleswig 2 October 1957–1979 Type 351 To South African Navy 2001. Renamed SAS Tshwane
M1076 Paderborn 4 February 1957–1979 Type 351 To South African Navy 2001. Renamed SAS Mangaung
M1077 Weilheim 5 December 1958–1976 Type 331 On display at the Deutsches Marine Museum, Wilhelmshaven
M1078 Cuxhaven 11 March 1958–1976 Type 331 To Estonian Navy 2000. Renamed Wambola
M1079 Düren 12 June 1958–1979 Type 351 To South African Navy 2001. Renamed SAS Kapa
M1080 Marburg 4 August 1958–1976 Type 331 To Lithuanian Navy 2000. Renamed Kursis.
M1081 Konstanz 30 August 1958–1980 Type 351 To 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 November 1, 2007 about 90 km west of Saldanha Bay, South Africa.
M1082 Wolfsburg 10 December 1958–1979 Type 351 To South African Navy 2001. Renamed SAS Tekwini
M1083 Ulm 10 February 1959–1978 Type 351 To South African Navy 2001. Used as spares hulk.
M1084 Flensburg 7 April 1959–1970 Type 331 Museum ship
M1085 Minden 9 June 1959–1975 Type 331 To Coast Guard of Georgia 1998. Renamed Ayety (აეტი)
M1086 Fulda 19 August 1959– Type 331
M1087 Völkingen 20 October 1959–1976 Type 331 To Latvian Navy 2000. Renamed LVNS Nemejs

See also[edit]

Media related to Lindau class minesweeper at Wikimedia Commons

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