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Class 762 Sachsenwald - Minetransport/Minelayer

Built by Blohm & Voss Hamburg these two ships had an unspectacular, but significant role in the defense of the NATO Baltic flank. They were to support the laying of defensive mine barriers off the (federal) German and Danish coasts and sounds. Originally, these ships only were to transport the mines and transfer them to smaller minelayers (landing crafts, minesweepers etc) at sea. But after completion, mine rails were added so they could lay mines themselves. One of these ships was always at readiness in the cold war years. After 1990, they were no longer needed and discarded.

Dimensions (mtr) 111.0 / 13.9 / 4.0
Displacement (tons) 2962 standard / 3400 full load
Propulsion 2 ea Maybach diesels / 5600 hp / 2 shafts /
Speed 17 kts
Range, miles 3000 at 17 kts
Guns 4 ea 40mm/L70 Bofors in 2 dual mounts
Sensors 1 ea Kelvin Hughes NavRadar KH 14 (25 nm/surface search)
Mines 4 large mine storage areas with elevators, 6 mine rails for 400-600 mines
Complement 60 px

FGS Sachsenwald A1437 20 Aug 1969 26 Sep 1991 scrapped by Bakker Co (Belgium) FGS Steigerwald A1438 15 Jan 1969 04 Nov 1993 scrapped by Kabelrecycling Co, Liebenwerder

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