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Ship ClassF-class Destroyer Escort
Yard Number126
Ordered24 Aug 1934
Laid Down12 Nov 1934
Launched11 May 1936
Commissioned21 Aug 1937
Sunk6 Sep 1939
Displacement712 tons standard; 1,028 tons full
Length263 feet
Beam29 feet
Draft11 feet
Machinery2 boilers, 2 Brown-Boveri geared turbines, 2 shafts
Power Output16,993 shaft horsepower
Speed29 knots
Armament2x10.5cm L/45 guns, 2x2x3.7cm L/83 anti-aircraft guns, 2x2cm anti-aircraft guns, 2x depth charge launchers


ww2dbaseGerman escort ship F9 was commissioned into German Navy service in Aug 1937 and saw service in the Baltic Sea in the initial two years of her service. In Sep 1939, days after the start of the European War, she was transferred to the Helgoland archipelago north of Wilhelmshaven, Germany where she operated as an escort vessel and as a minelayer. In Dec 1939, while escorting cruisers N├╝rnberg and Leipzig in the North Sea, the convoy was detected by British submarine HMS Ursula. Ursula fired a spread of torpedoes, intending on sinking N├╝rnberg, which had already sustained damage from an attack from submarine HMS Salmon the day prior, but striking and sinking F9 instead.

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German escort ship F9, 1939

F9 Operational Timeline

24 Aug 1934 The construction of escort ship F9 was ordered.
12 Nov 1934 The keel of F9 was laid down at the Reichsmarinewerft shipyard in Wilhelmshaven, Germany.
11 May 1936 F9 was launched at the Kriegsmarinewerft shipyard in Wilhelmshaven, Germany.
21 Aug 1937 F9 was commissioned into service.
6 Sep 1939 German escort ship F9 was transferred from the Baltic Sea to the Helgoland archipelago north of Wilhelmshaven, Germany.
14 Dec 1939 HMS Ursula sank German escort ship F9 with a torpedo in the North Sea.

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