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

Torpedo-S-Boat "Shershen" (Projekt 206)

Since 1967 the preparations for substitution of the P- 6-Class by torpedo-S-boats of Soviet production were conducted. 

They were steel-boats with a displacement of 145 ts, propelled by three M-503 engines  they were reaching a speed of 45 knots. They were armed with four torpedo tubes mad to launch 53/39 PM and 53/56 W torpedoes, two 30-mm AK-230 twin mounted guns and  a MR-104 fire control system. They could drop mines and depth charges.

As early as 14.10.1968 the first boat was commissioned. Until December 1970 a total of 15 boats were delivered. The boats were integrated in the TS-Brigade's 2., 4., and 6. TS-Division with  five boats each. 

Drawing from Mehl/Schäfer: Die andere deutsche Marine

Technical Data

Shipyards UdSSR
Units built  15 for GDR, totally about 40
From/to 1967 - 1971
In Commission 1968 - 1990
Displacement 145 ts
Length 34,6 m
Beam 6,8 m
Draught 2,78 m
Propulsion 3 x M 503 Diesel each 4000 HP
Shafts/Propellers 3 - 3
Speed 45 kts
Complement  24 
Armament
4 Torpedo Tubes
2 x 30 mm twin mounted gun
Depthcharges
Mines

TSB Shershen-Class from the Air - Picture: Dieter Flohr

TSB 831 "Willi Bänsch" - Picture: Archives Dr. Friedrich Weigelt

Double-barreled Gun AK 230 - Picture: Karl Scheuch

Fire from 30mm-Flak "AK 230" Double-barreled - Picture: Archives Dr. Friedrich Weigelt

Tube 3 being Loaded with Torpedo - Picture: Archives Dr. Friedrich Weigelt

"Tube 3 fire" - Picture: Archives Dr. Friedrich Weigelt

Taking Mines on Board - Picture: Archives Dr. Friedrich Weigelt

Storage of Mines on Board of a Shershen-Boat - Picture: Archives Dr. Friedrich Weigelt

Maintenance of Ammunition on Board of Shershen-Boats- Picture: Archives Dr. Friedrich Weigelt

Admirals Hoffmann and Ehm on Board of a Shershen-Boat - Picture Archives Dr. Friedrich Weigelt

 

Specials:

1971 three additional boats were delivered and integrated in the TS-Brigade, three older boats were handed over to the School-Boat-Division at Parow.