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Z39 under US flag as DD-939 in 1945

Class overview
Builders: DeSchiMAG
Built: 1940–1943
In commission: 1942–1964
Completed: 7
Lost: 1
General characteristics
Class and type: Zerstörer 1936A (Mob)
Displacement: 3,700 long tons (3,800 t) maximum
Length: 127 m (416 ft 8 in) o/a121.9 m (399 ft 11 in) w/l
Beam: 12 m (39 ft 4 in)
Draught: 4.62 m (15 ft 2 in)
Propulsion: 2 × Wagner geared turbines, 70,000 shp

2 shafts

Speed: 37.5 knots (43.2 mph; 69.5 km/h)
Range: 2,240 nmi (4,150 km) at 19 kn (35 km/h)
Complement: 330
Armament: • 5 × 150 mm (5.9 in) guns

• 4 (later 14) × 37 mm guns • 12 (later 18) × 20 mm guns • 8 × 533 mm (21 in) torpedo tubes • 60 mines • 4 × depth charge launchers

When war broke out in 1939, new destroyer classes were cancelled and 12 additional 1936A vessels were ordered with slight modifications to speed construction and save materials. The 150 mm twin turrets were taken from planned, but never built, "O" class battlecruisers. In war service, the engines were more reliable than in earlier ships but at the end of the war, heavy corrosion was discovered.

Seven of this sub-class were built: one was sunk, another two were severely damaged and not repaired. The remaining four were war booty allocated to the Allies.

Z31 Laid down: DeSchiMAG Bremen, 1 September 1940

Launched: 15 April 1941 Commissioned: 11 April 1942 Fate: scrapped 1958

Z32 Laid down: DeSchiMAG Bremen, 1 November 1940

Launched: 15 August 1941 Commissioned: 15 September 1942 Fate: sunk 9 June 1944

Z33 Laid down: DeSchiMAG Bremen, 22 December 1940

Launched: 15 September 1941 Commissioned: 6 February 1943 Fate: Transferred to the Soviet Union, served in the Baltic Fleet as the Provornyi (Проворный), sunk as target ship 1961

Z34 Laid down: DeSchiMAG Bremen, 14 January 1941

Launched: 5 May 1942 Commissioned: 5 June 1943 Fate: scuttled 26 March 1946

Z37 Laid down: Germaniawerft Kiel, 1940

Launched: 24 February 1941 Commissioned: 16 July 1942 Fate: scrapped 1949

Z38 Laid down: Germaniawerft Kiel, 1940

Launched: 5 August 1941 Commissioned: 20 March 1943 Fate: transferred to Britain at the end of the war; renamed HMS Nonsuch; scrapped 1949

Z39 Laid down: Germaniawerft Kiel, 1940

Launched: 5 August 1941 Commissioned: 21 August 1943 Fate: scrapped February 1964

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