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MINE WARFARE SHIPS AND CRAFTS

EOLO minelayers (1941-1943)

Eolo 1945

Eolo 1965

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Eolo F21 SECN, Ferrol 2/1938 30/8/1939 11/1941 stricken 2/1972
Tritón F22 SECN, Ferrol 2/1938 26/2/1940 10/1943 stricken 3/1972

  

Displacement standard, t

1576

Displacement full, t

1925

Length, m

82.1 pp 88.9 oa

Breadth, m

11.8

Draught, m

3.68

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

5000

Max speed, kts

19.5

Fuel, t

oil 318

Endurance, nm(kts)

5000(12)

Armament

4 x 1 - 105/44 NM42, 2 x 2 - 37/80 SK C/30, 4 x 1 - 20/65 C/38, 70 mines, 2 DCT

Complement

220

Ship project history: "Gunboats-minelayers", built under the law from 11/1/1936 as smaller and cheaper variant of Júpiter, order has been given out mainly for workload of SECN yard at El Ferrol. Project No102 was developed on the basis of construction of gunboat-transport Guanajuato. Displacement reduction was reached at expense of sharp reduction of mine stowage: Eolo class ships were usually capable to carry only 70 mines, 40 from them on closed mine deck and 30 on mine rails on an upper deck astern, loading of mines was effected through two sideports. Armament should include 4 102/45mm guns with max 40° elevation, 2 twin 40mm/50 AA MGs, 2 twin 13.2mm MGs and 2 DCTs.
    To the beginning of Civil war only a part of materials was prepared, and building was conducted already by Nationalists with changed artillery. Because of difficulties with deliveries of materials and equipment in days of WWII both minelayers were really fully completed only in 1946, thus never received rigorous fire control system. They appeared not so successful ships, mainly because of congestion and strong constraint of internal compartments, speed did not exceed 18kts. They served mainly as escorts and were re-rated as frigates in 1961.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

Eolo 1952

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