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Class 370 - Bochum - Minelayer

There was a third former LST that would be FGS Bamberg (N122) if her conversion would have been finished. She was the former USS Greer County (LST 799). When she was converted to 60% readiness all works stopped. She was never recommissined and was sold to the Netherlands in January 1970. Jane's Fighting Ships counted only TCG Bayraktar as in active service. Jane's reports that the minelaying gear was removed in 1974/1975 but replaced in 1979. Henceforth she's a dual-purpose ship.

On 01 January 1965 the squadron was renamed Minelaying Squadron. Right from the new start this squadron is part of the Command of Minewarfare Forces. In August 1965 the former Kriegsmarine salvage tug and Federal GE Navy squadron tender FGS Oste (A 52) joined the squadron after converson to a Class 753 intelligence vessel.

Dimensions (feet) 328 / 50 /14
Displacement (tons) 1653 standard / 4080 full load
Propulsion 2 ea GM 12-567A diesels / 1800 hp / 2 shafts / cp props / 11 kts
Range, miles 15.000 at 9 kts
Guns 6 ea 40mm (2 dual, 2 single mounts)
Mines 4 rails
Complement 60 px
Name Hull No US Ident builder recomm. decomm. fate
FGS Bochum (A1404, later N120) exUSS Rice County (LST 1089) American Bridge 09 Apr 1964 01 Sep 1971 sold to Turkey 1972: TCG Sancaktar
FGS Bottrop (A1405, later N121) exUSS Saline County (LST 1101) Missouri Valley 06 Feb 1964 15 Sep 1971 sold to Turkey 1972: TCG Bayraktar (N120)

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