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The 1. S-Boat-Squadron was put in order by Organization Order No. 18 - Navy as S-Boat-Training-Squadron with homeport Kiel-Friedrichsort with an effective date 01.04.1956. 

The six boats of the "Silberm÷we"-class (Type S 149)  from the British Baltic Fishery Protection Service (BBFPS) - also known as "Unit Klose" and from the Bundesgrenzschutz-See (BGS) were assigned to the squadron. The boats got the names "Silberm÷we" (Silver Gull), "Sturmm÷we" (Storm Gull), "Wildschwan" (Wild Swan), "Raubm÷we", "Eism÷we", and "Seeschwalbe". In contrary to the other boats equipped with Mercedes-Benz MB-518-A engines "Seeschwalbe" was equipped with Maybach-Diesels and Escher-Wyss-ajustable propellers. It was taken out of the squadron and subordinated to the Marine-Unterwasserwaffenschule 01.10.1960 as a training- and trial-boat.

The boats "Storm Gull" (S 1), "Silver Gull" (S 2), and "Wild Swan" (S 3) had originally been ordered for BGS. Because of the expected good characteristics the British Ocupying Forces had forbidden to continue the construction for BGS and had the boats being built for the BBFPS. S 1 was commissioned on 15.11.1955, S 2 on 02.02.1955, S 3 was only commissioned  after all three boats had been handed over to the Bundesmarine on 29.05.1956. 

The boats S 1 (new), S 2 (new), and S 3 (new) were ordered for the BGS. S 1 and S 2 were commissioned on 15.09.1955 resp. 08.02.56 and handed over to the Bundesmarine on 01.07.1956. S 1 got the name "Eism÷we", S 2 got the name "Raubm÷we". S 3 was commissioned on 16.04.1957 for the Bundesmarine under the name "Seeschwalbe". 

S 3 under way to the commissioning as "Seeschwalbe" on 16.04.1957 - Picture: LŘrssen 

Voyage during Kieler Woche 1956 with the three westalliied Navy AttachÚs - Picture: Archives Jim Moses 

 

Voyage during Kieler Woche 1956 with the three westalliied Navy AttachÚs - Picture: Archives Jim Moses

 

The squadron was renamed "1. Schnellbootgeschwader" on 01.07.1956.

Three boats of "Silberm÷we"-Class at Stickenh÷rn - Picture: Archives F÷rderverein

1960 the squadron got two boats of the Norwegian Type "Nasty" and 1962 two boats of the English Type "Brave" resp. "Ferocity". These boats were to be tested in the German Navy for their suiteability to the area of operations. The "Nasty"-boats were put out of commission in 1964, the British built boats in 1965.

On the 15.03.1967 flags and pennants were hauled down on "Silberm÷we",  "Sturmm÷we, "Wildschwan", "Eism÷we" und "Raubm÷we". The squadron was closed down.

 

Squadron-Commanders:

KKpt Matzen until summer 1958 as Cdr 1. S-Squad in charge of setting the staff of the Command S-Boats 
KKpt  Klose 04.1956 - 11.1956
KKpt Matzen 11.1956 - 07.1958
KptLt WŘlfing 08.1958 - 08.1959
KptLt Thńter 08.1959 - 12.1959 charged with the Squad-operations
KKpt G÷tte 12.1959 - 03.1962
KKpt Dr. Geffers 04.1962 - 09.1963
KKpt Bucher 10.1963 - 03.1966
KKpt Reimann 04.1966 - 03.1967

 

"Silberm÷we"-Class, S-Boat Class 149

S-"Sturmm÷we" (Class 149)

Boats of Class 149 and their Whereabouts

Boat Hull-No. In Commission Int'l. Call-Sign Out of Commission Whereabouts
Silberm÷we P 6052 17.01.1957 DBNE 15.03.1967 Left to Greece, "Drakon", 1974 out of commission
Sturmm÷we P 6053 29.05.1956 - 15.03.1967 Left to Greece, "Delphin", 1974 out of commission
Wildschwan P 6054 29.05.1956 DBNG 15.03.1967 Left to Greece, "Polydeikes", 1974 out of commission
Eism÷we P 6055 02.07.1956 DBTG 15.03.1967 Left to Greece, "Phoenix", 1974 out of commission
Raubm÷we P 6056 01.07.1956 DBTH 15.03.1967 Left to Greece, "Polikos", 1974 out of commission
Seeschwalbe P 6057 16.04.1957 - 31.01.1964 Training-boat "UW 9", 1974 sold to the Netherland, "Grey Devil", New Year's Eve 1979/80 sunken

 

"Nasty"-Class, S-Boat Class 152

S-Boat "Hugin" (Class 152)

Boats of Class 152 and their Whereabouts

Boat Hull-No. In Commission Int'l. Call-Sign Out of Commission Whereabouts
Hugin P 6191 05.11.1960 DBSW 04.01.1964 Left to Turkey, "Dogan" P 327
Munin P 6192 05.11.1960 DBSU 04.01.1964 Left to Turkey, "Marti" P 328

 

S-"Strahl" - "Brave"-Class, ( Class 153)

S-"Pfeil" - "Ferocity"-Class, ( Class 153)

Boats of Class 153 and their Whereabouts

Boat Hull-No. In Commission Int'l. Call-Sign Out of Commission Whereabouts
Pfeil P 6193 27.06.1962 DBSL 30.09.1965 Left to Greece, "Aiolos"  P 19
Strahl P 6194 02.09.1962 DBST 30.09.1965 Left to Greece, "Astrapi" P 328