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

Torpedo-S-Boat P- 6 (Projekt 183)

Since the developments for a Torpedo-S-Boat in the GDR did not show the required results the GDR had already accepted an offer of the SU in 1955 to deliver TS-Boats of Type P-6.

The delivery of 27 boats for the build up of a TS-Brigade with three department with nine boats each was the outset of the S-boat-forces of the GDR. The first six boats arrived at Parow on 08.10.1957, followed by three other boats on 19.10.1957.

Drawing from Mehl/Schäfer: Die andere deutsche Marine

 

Technical Data

Shipyards UdSSR
Units built  27 for GDR, totally about 320
From/to 1956 - 1957
In Commission 1957 - 1970
Displacement 67 t
Length 25,4 m
Beam 6,2 m
Draught 1,25 m
Propulsion 4 x M 50 F-3 12-cyl. Diesel each 1190 HP
Shafts/Propellers 4 - 4
Speed 42 kts
Complement  15 (2 Officers, 2 Petty Officers, 11 Ratings
Armament
2 Torpedo Tubes
2 x 25  mm twin mounted gun
8 Depthcharges
4 Fogbouys
Mines

Boats of the Type P- 6 in Formation - Picture: Archives Dieter Flohr

Boat 816 at High Speed - Picture: Archives Hans Mehl

Boat of Type P 6 at a Fleet Parade - Picture: Archives Hans Mehl

Boat of the Type "P 6" at Full Speed - Picture: Archives Dieter Flohr

Specials:

The boat was constructed in dependence to the American Elco-boats. The hull was built in double-diagonal kraweel (Sibirian spruce, it had an open command bridge for the CO and the Chief Engineer. The torpedoes were steam-gas propelled with a range of 10.000 m at 34 knots. Hydraulic targetting device for the twin mounted guns. Radarsuite "Sarnitza" later "Reja" with identification Friend-Foe "Nichrom".

TS 843 still with "Sarnitza"-Radar - Picture: Archives Förderverein

TS 864 with the new "Reja"-Radar - Picture: Archives Förderverein

Fake Attack off Rügen - Picture: Archives Förderverein

After decommissioning three boats were sold to Tansania, three boats were used in the border service without torpedo tubes, three boats were reconstructed as targetboats and two as rescueboats. Some hulls were left to the fishery production co-operatives (Fischerei Produktions Genossenschaften - FPG) for the breading of trouts. 

Colours on Boats of Type "P 6" - Picture: Archives Hans Mehl

One wreck of a P 6-boat is still easy to visible off the harbour of the ex FPG Dranske. In total there shall have been sunk 13 boats as protection against silting. 15 boats (including "Willi Bänsch") were broken up without follow-on use.

Wreck of a Boat of Type "P- 6" in the Bight of Dranske/Rügen - Picture: Joachim Kretschmer

Three boats of  Project 183 were reconstructed in spring 1969 for the 5part TV-movie "Rottenknechte". While they stayed P 6 inside the outside was composed to look like Worl War II S-Boats. 

Two reconstructed P 6-Boats for the TV-Movie "Rottenknechte" - Picture: Archives Förderverein

 

Whereabouts of the Boats of Projekt 183

Boat-No. Name Comm. Decomm. Last Hull-Number Whereabouts
183/1 Julius Adler 08.10.57 31.05.68 821 broken up
183/2 Edgar André 08.10.57 01.11.67 822 Rekonstr. Z-Boats, 1971 broken up
183/3 Rudolf Breitscheid 08.10.57 14.10.68 823 Rekonstr. Rescue- Boat, broken up
183/4 Rudi Arndt 08.10.57 01.11.67 824 Umbau Z-Boot, abgebrochen
183/5 Herbert Balzer 08.10.57 01.11.67 825 Abgebrochen
183/6 Willi Bänsch 08.10.57 14.10.68 844 Gesunken 31.08.68
183/7 Bernhard Bästlein 19.10.57 01.11.67 827 Abgebrochen
183/8 Arthur Becker 19.10.57 01.11.67 828 Verkauft Tansania
183/9 Fritz Behn 19.10.57 14.10.68 829 Umbau Z-Boot, 1971 abgebrochen
183/10 Hans Beimler 30.10.58 01.11.67 862 Umbau Grenz-Boot, abgebrochen
183/11 Hans Coppi 30.10.58 01.11.67 863 Verkauft Tansania
183/12 Hanno Günther 30.10.58 14.10.68 846 Umbau Grenz-Boot,  abgebrochen
183/13 Fritz Heckert 30.10.58 01.11.67 866 Verkauft Tansania
183/14 Adam Kuckhoff 30.10.57 14.10.68 845 Abgebrochen
183/15 Arvid Harnack 07.09.60 04.08.70 821 Abgebrochen
183/16 Bruno Kühn 07.09.60 04.08.70 822 Abgebrochen
183/17 Erich Kuttner 07.09.60 16.10.69 924 Umbau Rettungsboot, abgebrochen
183/18 Heinz Kapelle 07.09.60 12.10.70 823 Abgebrochen
183/19 Fritz Lesch 07.09.60 10.10.69 825 Umbau Erprobungs- Boot, abgebrochen
183/20 Wilhelm Leuschner 07.09.60 21.10.70 824 Abgebrochen
183/21 Fritz Riedel 07.09.60 21.10.70 825 Abgebrochen
183/22 Josef Römer 07.09.60 10.10.69 829 Abgebrochen
183/23 Max Roscher 07.09.60 14.10.68 843 Umbau Grenz-Boot, abgebrochen
183/24 Fiete Schulze 07.09.60 31.07.69 863 ex Willi Sachse, abgebrochen
183/25 Anton Saefkow 07.09.60 05.09.70 826 Abgebrochen
183/26 Ernst Schneller 07.09.60 20.01.69 864 Abgebrochen
183/27 Wolfgang Thiess 07.09.60 31.07.69 866 Abgebrochen

 

Sinking of TS 844 "Willi Bänsch"

 

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