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S-Boats in the People's Navy (Volksmarine) 1956 - 1990

Missile-S-Boat (Raketenschnellboot) "OSA I" (Projekt 205)

Since 1960 the preparations for the procurement of the Soviet boats of the OSA I-Classe were undertaken. 1962 the first two boats were handed over in  Peenemünde-Nordhafen. 10 more boats were delivered until end 1965.

 The boatsie Boote were integrated into the newly formed RD-Brigade (Missile-S-Boat Brigade) with the 1., 3., and 5. RS-Abteilung )Missile-S-Boat-Division) of four boats each.

Drawing from Mehl/Schäfer: Die andere deutsche Marine

 

Technical Data

Shipyards UdSSR
Unit built  15 for CDR, totally about 210
From/to 1961 - 1971
In Commission 1962 - 1990
Displacement 200 ts
Length 39,6 m
Beam 7,6 m
Draught 2,90 m
Propulsion 3 x M 503 A Diesel each 4000 HP
Shafts/Propellers 3 - 3
Speed 38 kn
Complement   28 (4 Off., 8 PO, 16 Ratings) 
Armament
2 x 4 Launchers for Styx-S/S-Missiles
2 x 30 mm twin mounted gun AK 230

RS of the Type OSA I (Picture: Dieter Flohr)

RS OSA I (Picture: Archives Hans Mehl)

Gun AK 230 (Picture: Karl Scheuch)

 Specials:

Three boats were delivered in 1971 and integrated into the RS-Brigade, three older boats were handed over to the Schoolboats-Division in Parow.

In the early 80ies the first three boats were broken up due to material aging. The official decommissioning of all boats of the class was performed on 3.10.1990. The boats were laid up in Peenemünde Nordhafen. Five boats were sold to Estuvia, three to Latvia, and three to Lithuavia, one boat was broken up.

 

Whereabouts of the Boats of Projekt 205

Boat-No. Name Comm. Decomm.

Last Hull-Number

Whereabouts
205/01 Max Reichpietsch 20.11.62 01.10.90 751 Sold to Estuvia
205/02 Albin Köbis 26.11.62 22.09.81 712 Broken up 1982
205/03 Rudolf Egelhofer 14.01.64 26.11.81 751 Broken up 1982
205/04 Richard Sorge 14.01.64 01.10.90 713 Sold to Estuvia
205/05 August Lüttgens 24.09.64 01.10.90 732 Sold to Estuvia
205/06 Paul Eisenschneider 16.10.64 06.11.81 713 Broken up 1982
205/07 Karl Meseberg 24.10.64 01.10.90 733 Sold to Estuvia
205/08 Walter Krämer 05.12.64 01.10.90 712 Sold to Estuvia
205/09 Paul Schulz 24.12.64 01.10.90 752 Broken up 1990
205/10 Paul Wieczorek 24.09.65 01.10.90 754 Sold to Lithuvia
205/11 Fritz Gast 29.11.65 01.10.90 714 Sold to Lithuvia
205/12 Albert Gast 23.12.65 01.10.90 734 Sold to Latvia
205/13 Heinrich Dorrenbach 03.09.71 01.10.90 711 Sold to Lithuvia
205/14 Otto Tost 28.09.71 01.10.90 731 Sold to Latvia
205/15 Josef Schares 06.10.71 01.10.90 753 Sold to Latvia