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Komet HSK 7

Auxiliary Cruiser




Komet HSK 7 Auxiliary cruisers

Service Data

In Service: 2 June 1940 to 14 October 1942

Production Data

Ordered:
Builder: Deschimag, Bremen
Construction No:
Laid down: 1937
Launched: 16 January 1937
Commissioned: 2 June 1940

Technical Data

Type: Auxiliary cruiser
Class: Hilfskreuzer (Raider), converted freighter

Displacement: 7,500 tons
Length: 115.5 m
Beam: 15.3 m
Draft: 6.5 m
Propulsion: 2 × diesel engines producing up to 3,900 hp
Propellers: 1
Speed: 16 knots
Range: 5,100 nautical miles at 9 knots
Crew: 274 men and officers
Armament: 6 × 15 cm, 1 × 75 mm, 1 × 3.7 cm,
4 × 2 mm, 6 × 53.3 cm torpedo tubes, 30 × EMC mines
Armour
Aircraft: 2 × Arado Ar 196 seaplanes
Electronics:
Operators: Kriegsmarine
Variants:

Other: Auxiliary cruisers
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History

Komet (HSK-7) was an auxiliary cruiser of the Kriegsmarine in the World War II, meant for duty as a commerce raider. Recognised by the Kriegsmarine as Schiff 45, to the Royal Navy she was identified as Raider B. Her secondary raid started in early October 1942. Only a week out of Hamburg, on 14 October, she was hit by British motor torpedo boats close to the Cap de la Hague. She was struck by a torpedo from MTB 236 and capsized with no survivors. In 1940 Komet raided 3 ships whereas in 1941 it raided 7 ships in concert with the Orion.

Career

2 June 1940
The Komet is commissioned.

25 November 1940
The Komet and Orion sinks the New Zealand Holm Line coaster Holmwood (546 t)

27 November 1940
The Komet and Orion sinks the New Zealand shipping company passenger liner Rangitane (16,712 t)

6 Decmber 1940
The Komet and Orion sinks the British Phosphate freighter Triona (4,413 t)

7 Decmber 1940
The Komet and Orion scuttled the Norwegian Vinni (5,181 t)

7 Decmber 1940
The Komet and Orion scuttled the British freighter Komata (3,900 t)

8 Decmber 1940
The Komet and Orion scuttled the British freighter Triadic (6,378 t)

8 Decmber 1940
The Komet and Orion scuttled the British freighter Triaster (6,032 t)

14 August 1941
The Komet sunk the scuttled the British freighter Australind (5,020 t)

17 August 1941
The Komet captured the British freighter Kota Nopan (7,322 t)

19 August 1941
The Komet sunk the British freighter Devon (9,036 t)

14 October 1942
The Komet was sunk after a torpedo hit by the British MTB 236 with no survivors.

Commanders

Robert Eyssen
Takes command on 1 December 1939
Ends command on 20 February 1942


Gallery

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Komet HSK 7 picture 3

Komet HSK 7 picture 4

Komet HSK 7 picture 5

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Sources

German Warships, 1815-1945: Major Surface Vessels.
ISBN-10: 0851775330

German Warships, 1815-1945: U-boats and Mine Warfare Vessels.
ISBN-10: 155750301X

German warships of the Second World War.
ISBN-10: 0668040378

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