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S-Boats in the Kriegsmarine 1935 - 1945

S-Boats - Technical Data

"S 601" - "S 604"

The Italian navy occupied 1941 the Jugoslavian boats ("Orjen", "Velebit", "Dinara", "Triglav", "Suvobur", "Rudnik", "Kamakcalan", and "Durmitor") which Lürssen had built and delivered on basis of the German type "S 2"  to "S 5"  in 1937. The boats were changed slightly in the dimensions length, beam, draught, ans displacement. Main difference was the 40 mm gun. The 40mm-gun and the two 15mm/36-guns, however, were removed and substituted by two 20mm-guns. The boats got the designations "MS 41" through "MS 46", "MAS 511" and "MAS 542" ("Orjen" and "Suvobur").

After the Italian capitulation the boats came into posession of Kriegsmarine. They were made operational - as far as possible - and commissioned as " S 601" - "S 604" resp. "S 511". "S 512" was weary and was never commissioned. The boats were assigned to the 24. SFltl in the  Adriatic Sea. Sparepart  problems concerning the main engines caused the boats to be only little operational. 

S 601 ex ital. MS 42 ex jugosl. "Velebit"
S 602 ex ital. MS 43 ex. jugosl. "Dinara"
S 603 ex ital. MS 44 ex jugosl. "Triglav"
S 604 ex ital. MS 46 ex jugosl. "Rusnik"
S 511 ex ital. MAS 522 ex jugosl. "Orjen"
S 512 ex ital. MAS 542 ex jugosl. "Suvobur"


"S 2" - (Drawing from Connelly/Krakow: Schnellboot in action)


"MS 11" - Drawing from Fock: Schnellboote Bd. 2

Shipyard Lürssen
 Length 28,00 m
Bream 4,46 m
Draught 1,51 m
Displacement 60 ts
Propulsion   3 x Daimler-Benz 12 cylinder fourstroke gasoline engines 800/950 HP; 1 x 100 HP March engine 6 cylinder Maybach
Speed 34 kts
Complement 10
2 x Torpedo Tubes 53,3 cm
1 x 40 mm gun


MAS 30 (later "MAS 30" (ex "Orjen") 1942 later "MAS 522", in the KM "S 511" - Picture: Regia Marina



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