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SPANISH NAVY (SPAIN)

MINE WARFARE SHIPS AND CRAFTS

BIDASOA minesweepers (1946-1949)

Bidasoa 1954

Bidasoa 1965

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Bidasoa M01 SECN, Cartagena 12/1942 15/9/1943 4/1946 stricken 11/1973
Nervión M02 SECN, Cartagena 12/1942 15/4/1944 9/1946 stricken 7/1972
Lérez M03 SECN, Cartagena 12/1942 21/12/1944 2/1947 stricken 6/1971
Tambre M04 SECN, Cartagena 6/1943 18/10/1944 8/1946 stricken 5/1973
Guadalete   SECN, Cartagena 6/1943 18/10/1944 12/1946 foundered 25/3/1954
Segura M05 SECN, Cartagena 5/1946 6/10/1948 12/1949 stricken 11/1973
Ter M06 SECN, Cartagena 5/1946 18/2/1948 7/1948 stricken 10/1972

Displacement standard, t

585

Displacement full, t

748

Length, m

57.6 pp 61.9 oa

Breadth, m

8.50

Draught, m

2.64

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE with exhaust steam turbines, 2 boilers

Power, h. p.

2400

Max speed, kts

16.5

Fuel, t

coal 150

Endurance, nm(kts) 3000(10)

Armament

1 x 1 - 88/45 MPLC/30 or 1 x 1 - 102/45 Vickers Mk LA, 1 x 1 - 37/83 Ein LC/34, 2 x 1 - 20/65 L/30, 2 DCR(12), sweeps

Complement

90

Ship project history: Built under drawings of German minesweepers of M1940 type, gained in 1940. Modified Spanish project was designated as No6 or DG-41m. Ships were ordered 30/5/1941. They differed by poor construction quality and bad seaworthiness, really they were outfitted till mid-1950s. Partly ships received old Spanish 102mm/45 guns removed from stricken ships. Whereas Germans till 1945 had not time to deliver modern sweeps to Spain, Bidasoa class ships practically had no possibilities on sweeping non-contact mines. They were used basically as patrols.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Guadalete was foundered during a storm at Ceuta 25/3/1954.

Guadalete 1953

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