Barbe-class utility landing craft

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L766
Class overview
Operators:  German Navy
 Hellenic Navy
In service: 1965–
Completed: 22
Active: 2
Laid up: 3
General characteristics
Displacement: 430 tonnes (420 long tons) (full load)
Length: 40 m (131 ft 3 in)
Beam: 8.8 m (28 ft 10 in)
Draft: 2.1 m (6 ft 11 in)
Propulsion: 750 kW
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)
Capacity: Up to 150 tonnes (150 long tons)
Complement: 17
Armament: 1 or 2 × Rheinmetall MK 20 Rh 202 20 mm (0.79 in) autocannon
Mine laying capability
Schlei at the Kiel Week in 2007.

The Type 520 Barbe class utility landing craft are small units of the German Navy used for landing or transporting troops, supply, equipment and also for coastal mine laying.

Both remaining boats in service are currently part of the SEK-M the naval special forces of Germany, however the navy plans to procure an entire new class of landing craft.

They are the only boats in the German Navy commanded by Chief Petty Officers.

List of ships[edit]

Pennant
number
Name Type
(last upgrade)
Call
sign
Com-
missioned
Decom-
missioned
Fate
L788 Butt 520C May 7, 1965 December 4, 1992 scrapped(?)
L789 Brasse 520C May 7, 1965 April 16, 1992 scrapped(?)
L790 Barbe 520A January 10, 1966 September 29, 1991 to Hellenic Navy
L791 Delphin 520B January 10, 1966 September 29, 1991 to Hellenic Navy
L760 Flunder 520D DRIE February 22, 1966  ? decommissioned
L761 Karpfen 520A February 2, 1966 January 30, 1992 scrapped(?)
L762 Lachs 520A DRIG March 24, 1966 in service
L763 Plötze 520A DRIH March 24, 1966  ? decommissioned
L764 Rochen 520A April 26, 1966 February 7, 1992 to Hellenic Navy
L792 Dorsch 520A June 24, 1966 September 29, 1991 to Hellenic Navy
L793 Felchen 520A June 23, 1966 October 25, 1991 to Hellenic Navy
L794 Forelle 520A June 7, 1966 November 1, 1991 to Hellenic Navy
L765 Schlei 520B DRIM July 26, 1966 in service
L766 Stör 520A July 26, 1966 September 16, 1992 scrapped(?)
L767 Tümmler 520A June 26, 1966 September 16, 1992 scrapped(?)
L768 Wels 520A June 27, 1966 December 11, 1992 scrapped(?)
L769 Zander 520A DRIQ August 26, 1966  ? decommissioned
L795 Inger 520A August 16, 1966 September 9, 1991 to Hellenic Navy
L796 Makrele 520A September 16, 1966 November 8, 1991 to Hellenic Navy
L797 Muräne 520A September 16, 1966 February 14, 1992 to Hellenic Navy
L798 Renke 520A October 26, 1966 October 1, 1988 to Hellenic Navy
L799 Salm 520A October 26, 1966 October 1, 1988 to Hellenic Navy

The ships are named after fish, with the exception of Delphin and Tümmler (toothed whales):

Barbe (barbel), Brasse (bream), Butt (flounder), Dorsch (cod), Felchen (whitefish/Coregonus wartmanni), Forelle (trout), Karpfen (carp), Lachs (salmon), Makrele (mackerel), Rochen (stingray), Salm (salmon), Schlei (tench), Stör (sturgeon), Wels (catfish), and Zander (zander).

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Class 520 at Wikimedia Commons