T58-class minesweeper

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Class overview
Name: T58 class (Project 264)
Operators:  Soviet Navy
Preceded by: T43 class minesweeper
Succeeded by: Yurka class minesweeper
Built: 1957-1961
In commission: 1957-1993
Completed: 24
Retired: 24
General characteristics
Displacement: 790 tons standard, 860 tons full load
Length: 70.1 meters
Beam: 9 meters
Draught: 2.4 meters
Propulsion: 2 shaft diesel engines 4000 hp
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h)
Range: 3,800 nautical miles (7,037.6 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h)
Crew: 82
Armament:
  • 4 57mm guns (2x2)
  • 4 25mm guns (2x2)
  • 1 depth charge thrower
  • up to 32 mines
  • Sweeps MT-1, MTSh

The T58 class were a group of minesweepers built for the Soviet Navy in the 1950s The Soviet Designation was Project 264

Design[edit]

The specification for these ships was issued in 1949 and the lead ship was completed in 1957. These ships were larger than the previous T43 class and had increased sweep capacity and were fitted with more advanced mechanical, acoustic and magnetic sweeps. Heavier self-defence weapons were also fitted. The ships had steel hulls and were powered by 3 diesel engines (which were located on two levels to minimise length). No special provision was made to minimise acoustic or pressure signature. The ships were also fitted to operate in an NBC environment.

Variants[edit]

  • Project 254 A built from 1958 - Improved silecning and degaussing gear, new sonar and radar, 30 mm guns instead of 25 mm and RBU-2500 anti-submarine mortars
  • Radar Picket version - 3 units converted early 1970's. Fitted with P-10 air search radar installation aft replacing one twin 57 mm gun turret
  • Patrol ship - 19 units transferred to the Border Guard, served until the early 1990s
  • Valdai class submarine rescue ship - 7 units fitted with diving support equipment

Ships[edit]

45 Ships were built between 1957 and 1962. All were scrapped by the early 1990s.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Gardiner, Robert (ed.) (1995). Conway's all the World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995. London: Conway Maritime. ISBN 0-85177-605-1. OCLC 34284130.  Also published as Gardiner, Robert; Chumbley, Stephen; Budzbon, Przemysław (1995). Conway's all the World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-132-7. OCLC 34267261.