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AMIRAL MURGESCU minelayers (1941)

Amiral Murgescu 1941

Amiral Murgescu 1944

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Amiral Murgescu   Santieri Galati, Galatz 8/1938 14/6/1939 5/1941 captured by USSR 5/9/1944 ( <Don>)
Cetetea Alba   Santieri Galati, Galatz 1939 --- --- cancelled

 

Displacement standard, t

 

Displacement full, t

812

Length, m

76.9

Breadth, m

9.10

Draught, m

2.50

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Krupp diesels

Power, h. p.

2200

Max speed, kts

16

Fuel, t

diesel oil

Endurance, nm(kts) 3400(13)

Armament

2 x 1 - 102/45 Bofors, 2 x 1 - 37/80 SK C/30, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Oerlikon, 2 x 1 - 13.2/76, 120 - 135 mines, 2 DCT

Complement

78

Ship project history: Unique Romanian purpose-built minelayer and largest combat ship for that moment built in Romania. She was projected by German-Dutch company IvS, on the basis of construction of Dutch minelayer Jan van Brakel. Ship was built under the 1937 program. Sister-ship Cetetea Alba was laid down in 1939, but never completed, building of two more ships was cancelled.
Successful multi-purpose ship combining moderate dimensions and strong armament, though not having closed mine deck; can carry 120-135 mines depending on type, mines were laid through three mine slipways aft.

Modernizations: 1943-1944: + 2 x 1 - 20/65 C/38.

Naval service: 21/8/1944 Amiral Murgescu was damaged by Soviet aircraft at Constanza, 5/9/1944 captured in the same place by Soviet troops and 14/9/1944 commissioned by Soviet Navy as Don.

Amiral Murgescu

Ivan Gogin, 2009-15