KM T-60 (DD-1938)


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Also known as the Elbing class (From where they were built. The ships were rated as Fleet Torpedo Boats in the German Navy while they were in reality full destroyers when compared to the earlier classes. Armed with two of the twin 4.1" tri-axial mounted turrets, these gave the ships a very good anti-aircraft performance. Light anti-aircraft armaments grew during the war with space being found or made for ever more weapons.

With two sets of 21" torpedo tubes the complete package was a very successful destroyer type that was not changed in production as more of them were ordered year by year. There had been talk of a 3.5"-88mm/L70 version but the Admiralty left that gun to the Z-51 class. An export version had been built for Argentina (see ARA Cervantes) and other countries.


Displacement 1,700 tons std, 2,150 tons full load
Length 331 ft
Breadth 35 ft
Draught 13 ft
Machinery 2 shaft Steam Turbines 40,000shp
Speed 36 knots
Range 5400 miles at 18 knots
Armour nil
Armament 4 x 4.1" (2x2)

6 x 37mm (3x2)

8 x 20mm (1x4 4x1)

Mines 40 when fitted
Torpedoes 8 x 21" (2x4)
Complement 218
Notes T-60


T-65 with 40mm replacing the 37mm , single 20mm in bridge wings replaced with twins. Extra radar receivers aft and at foremast.


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