Allied Warships

Minelayers


The Abdiel class minelayer HMS Apollo (M 01) of the Royal Navy.

All Minelayer classes

The list is divided by navy, then ordered by commissioned date of each class (oldest first).

Commissioned

Brazilian Navy

 Carioca (6)1939 - 1940

Royal Navy

 Adventure (1)1926 - 1926
 Plover (1)1937 - 1937
 Linnet (3)1938 - 1938
 Auxiliary minelayers (11)1939 - 1941
 M 1 (8)1939 - 1944
 Abdiel (6)1941 - 1944
 Fish (2)1942 - 1943
 Isles (4)1943 - 1944

Royal Dutch Navy

 Hydra (2)1911 - 1912
 Douwe Aukes (3)1922 - 1941
 Pro Patria (1)1923 - 1923
 Krakatau (1)1924 - 1924
 Nautilus (1)1930 - 1930
 Prins van Oranje (2)1932 - 1932
 Jan van Brakel (1)1936 - 1936
 Rigel (1)1939 - 1939
 Willem van der Zaan (1)1939 - 1939
 Soemenep (1)1940 - 1940
 Bangkalan (1)1942 - 1942

Polish Navy

 Gryf (1)1938 - 1938

Royal Hellenic Navy

 no class name (4)1906 - 1926


Please note that we list the classes by navies that initiated/owned the class. Often vessels of certain classes were then built for other nations (or lent), those ships are not visible here but only through the navies pages or by looking into each class.

War losses: Minelayers


 DateVesselClass

1939

Polish Navy3 Sep 1939ORP GryfGryf 

1940

Royal Dutch Navy15 May 1940HNMS HydraHydra 
Royal Navy19 May 1940HMS Princess Victoria (M 03)Auxiliary minelayers 
Royal Navy27 Nov 1940HMS Port Napier (M 32)Auxiliary minelayers 

1941

Royal Hellenic Navy22 Apr 1941RHS AliakmonAixos 
Royal Hellenic Navy23 Apr 1941RHS NestosAixos 
Royal Hellenic Navy28 Apr 1941RHS AxiosAixos 
Royal Dutch Navy22 May 1941HNMS Nautilus (M 12)Nautilus 
Royal Navy25 Oct 1941HMS Latona (M 76)Abdiel 
Royal Navy19 Dec 1941HMS Redstart (M 62)Linnet 

1942

Royal Dutch Navy11 Jan 1942HNMS Prins van OranjePrins van Oranje 
Royal Navy14 Feb 1942HMS Kung WoAuxiliary minelayers 
Royal Dutch Navy15 Feb 1942HNMS Pro PatriaPro Patria 
Royal Dutch Navy2 Mar 1942HNMS BangkalanBangkalan 
Royal Dutch Navy2 Mar 1942HNMS RigelRigel 
Royal Dutch Navy2 Mar 1942HNMS SoemenepSoemenep 
Royal Dutch Navy7 Mar 1942HNMS Gouden LeeuwPrins van Oranje 
Royal Dutch Navy8 Mar 1942HNMS KrakatauKrakatau 

1943

Royal Navy25 Jan 1943HMS Corncrake (M 82)Fish 
Royal Navy1 Feb 1943HMS Welshman (M 84)Abdiel 
Royal Navy10 Sep 1943HMS Abdiel (M 39)Abdiel 
Italian Navy5 Oct 1943IT LegnanoAzio 

1944

Brazilian Navy21 Jul 1944BZ Camaqua (C 6)Carioca 

23 Minelayers lost. See all Allied Warship losses.

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Kriegsmarine U-boats 1939-45 Vol 2

Williamson, Gordon

Books dealing with this subject include:

Hitler's Forgotten Flotillas, Lawrence Paterson, 2017
Kriegsmarine U-boats 1939-45 Vol 2, Williamson, Gordon, 2002
World War II American Destroyer Minelayers DM-1 through DM-22, Borchers, Duane D., Sr.,



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