KM V125 (DDE-1917)


Back to Germanic States Navy page:

Originally 16 of these ships were retained by the Germanic States Navy. The letter assigned to the ships denoted the shipyard the ships had been built at, so G85 was built by the Germania shipyard at Kiel. The 4-5 different classes were all built to the same specifications from 1915 onward. The Germanic States Navy had been allowed to keep a spread of the ships of these classes from the earliest ships of 1915 through to 4 of the S131 type that they were allowed to complete postwar. The earliest 1915 types were either discarded by the start of the war or reduced to ancillary duties (such as torpedo recovery vessels).

The remaining vessels were refitted over time where the forward single torpedo tubes were removed and the space decked in to provide extra accommodation. The original single/open 4.1" guns were removed and replaced with two dual purpose 88mm/L56 guns. 37mm and 20mm AA guns were also added. The ships retained the two sets of twin 19.7" torpedoes up to the start of the war when the ships lost either one or both over time (and if they survived) for more light AA guns and/or ASW equipment.

The drawing above is of the ships in their 1940 configuration, radar and other electronics have not reached this far down the fleet list.

Displacement 950 tons std, 1,200 tons full load
Length 272 ft
Breadth 28 ft
Draught 12 ft
Machinery 2 shaft Steam Turbines 25,000shp
Speed 34 knots
Range 3400 miles at 15 knots
Armament 3 x 4.1" (3x1)

2 x 88mm/L56 (2x1)
2 x 37mm (1x2)
4 x 20mm (4x1)
Mines 30 when fitted removed
Torpedoes 6 x 19.7" (2x2, 2x1)  
Complement 110 118
Notes Of the 15 units retained 3 had been reduced to secondary duties by 1939, the rest were used in the escort role around the coasts of Europe. They were given 'gem' names from 1934.

H147 completed post-war in 1920 in original layout. Note: still coal fired.


Back to Germanic States Navy page: