Kalev (M414)

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Minerva (M 2663)
Kalev (M414)
Women praise class
Kalev (M414) at the Tallinn Seaplane Airport
Kalev (M414) at the Tallinn Seaplane Airport
Type Inland minesweeper

Kröger shipyard, Rendsburg

Launch August 25, 1966
1. Period of service flag
Commissioning June 16, 1967
Decommissioning February 17, 1995
2. Period of service flag
Commissioning September 5, 1997
Decommissioning June 2003
Whereabouts Museum ship
Technical specifications

246 t


37.9 m


8.2 m


2.4 m


25 (6 officers)


2 MTU MB 12V 493 TY70 diesel engines; 2200 HP on 2 shafts with five-bladed propellers


12 knots


Navigation radar Atlas Elektronik, I-band

The Kalev (M414) is a coast guard boat / inland minesweeper built in 1967 and is now a museum ship in Tallinn .


The Minerva was put into service in 1967 by the German Navy as a coast guard boat / inland minesweeper of the Frauenlob class and assigned to the 7th Minesweeping Squadron in Neustadt. After almost 28 years in use, it was decommissioned there in mid-1995.

From 1997 to 2003 the boat, called Kalev , was reactivated and used by the Estonian naval forces . Today it is hung up in the Tallinn seaplane airport and can be viewed as an exhibit at the Estonian Maritime Museum .

First period of service (Bundeswehr)

Named after the Roman goddess Minerva , the boat was put into service by the German Navy as a class 362 coast guard boat . Shortly thereafter, these boats were reclassified to inland minesweepers of class 394 and changed their identification several times , with Minerva being assigned the hull numbers W 36, M 2676, Y 1657 and finally M 2663 one after the other.

Second term of service (Estonian Navy)

After the mission in Germany, the boat was taken over by Estonia in 1997 and integrated into the mine defense division ( Miinilaevade Divisjon ) of the local navy.

The boat was named after the Estonian legendary figure Kalev . This name was given by the Estonian Navy in the period before 1940. The previous name bearer was one of two submarines that the naval forces put into service in 1937. After the occupation of the country by the Soviet Union, this submarine served in the Soviet Navy in 1940/41 and has been lost since 1941. The second submarine, the Lembit , can also be viewed today at the Estonian Maritime Museum in Tallinn.


Web links

Commons : Kalev (M414)  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Siegfried Breyer, Gerhard Koop: The ships, vehicles and planes of the German Navy from 1956 to today. Bernard and Graefe, Bonn 1996, ISBN 3-7637-5155-6

Coordinates: 59 ° 27 ′ 10.1 ″  N , 24 ° 44 ′ 8.1 ″  E