Ship ClassF-class Destroyer Escort
BuilderBlohm und Voss
Yard Number498
Ordered17 May 1934
Laid Down10 Jan 1935
Launched25 May 1936
Commissioned15 Feb 1937
Displacement1,147 tons standard
Length263 feet
Beam29 feet
Draft11 feet
MachineryTwo geared turbines, two shafts
Power Output14,000 SHP
Speed28 knots
Range1,700nm at 13 knots
Armament2x10.5cm L/45 guns, 4x3.7cm L/83 guns, 2x2cm anti-aircraft guns (6x from 1944), depth charge launchers


ww2dbaseFleet escort ship F7 was commissioned into service in 1937. Days after the outbreak of the European War, she was transferred from the Baltic Sea to the German archipelago of Helgoland for escort and minelaying duties. Between Apr 1940 and Jun 1944, she was a torpedo recovery vessel with the 25th Submarine Flotilla. After the war, she was taken over by the Soviet Union and served as an experimental ship under the name Buran and as a depot ship under the name Dubna. She was scrapped between 1957 and 1958.

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Destroyer Escort F7 Interactive Map

F7 Operational Timeline

17 May 1934 The order for fleet escort ship F7 was placed.
10 Jan 1935 The keel of fleet escort ship F7 was laid down at the Blohm und Voss yard in Hamburg, Germany.
25 May 1936 Fleet escort ship F7 was launched at the Blohm und Voss yard in Hamburg, Germany.
15 Feb 1937 Fleet escort ship F7 was commissioned into service.
6 Sep 1939 Fleet escort ship F7 was transferred from the Baltic Sea to the German archipelago of Helgoland.
1 Apr 1940 Fleet escort ship F7 was assigned to the 25th Submarine Flotilla as a torpedo recovery vessel.
25 Feb 1945 The former German ship F7, now in Soviet service, was renamed Buran.
5 Nov 1945 Fleet escort ship F7 was transferred to the Soviet Union.
15 Feb 1946 Fleet escort ship F7 was assigned to the Soviet North Baltic Fleet.
2 Dec 1946 Buran was disarmed and reclassified an experimental ship.
24 Apr 1947 Buran ceased her role as an experimental ship.
7 May 1951 Buran was reclassified as a depot ship and was renamed Dubna. She was attached to the North Atlantic Fleet.
24 Dec 1955 Dubna was transferred to the Baltic Fleet.

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