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Ship ClassF-class Destroyer Escort
BuilderFriedrich Krupp Germaniawerft
Yard Number540
Ordered17 May 1934
Laid Down6 Sep 1934
Launched1 Oct 1935
Commissioned25 May 1936
Sunk30 Mar 1945
Displacement1,147 tons standard
Length263 feet
Beam29 feet
Draft11 feet
MachineryTwo geared turbines, two shafts
Power Output14,000 SHP
Speed28 knots
Range1,700nm at 13 knots
Armament2x10.5cm L/45 guns, 4x3.7cm L/83 guns, 2x2cm anti-aircraft guns (6x from 1944), depth charge launchers


ww2dbaseFleet escort ship F6 was commissioned into service in 1936. In Oct 1938, she was decommissioned for conversion into a fleet tender. The conversion was completed in Sep 1939 and she was recommissioned as K├Ânigin Louise. In May 1941, she participated in Operation Rhein├╝bung, which culminated in the Battle of Denmark Strait and the demise of battleship Bismarck. In Oct 1943, she was decommissioned for overhaul and repairs at Rotterdam in the Netherlands. In the fall of 1944, she was towed from Rotterdam to the island of Borkum near the German-Dutch border. She was sunk by USAAF B-24 bombers at Wilhelmshaven, Germany in Mar 1945.

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F6 Operational Timeline

17 May 1934 The order for fleet escort ship F6 was placed.
6 Sep 1934 The keel of fleet escort ship F6 was laid down at the Krupp Germania Werft yard in Kiel, Germany.
1 Oct 1935 Fleet escort ship F6 was launched at the Krupp Germania Werft yard in Kiel, Germany.
25 May 1936 Fleet escort ship F6 was commissioned into service.
28 Oct 1938 Fleet escort ship F6 was decommissioned from service for conversion into a fleet tender.
20 Sep 1939 Fleet escort ship F6 completed her conversion into a fleet tender and was recommissioned K├Ânigin Louise.
30 Mar 1945 Fleet tender K├Ânigin Louise was sunk by USAAF B-24 bombers at Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

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