Frankenthal-class minehunter

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Frankenthal class
M1064 Grömitz 1.jpg
M1064 Grömitz, already equipped with the MLG 27
Class overview
Builders: Lürssen
Abeking & Rasmussen
Operators:  German Navy
 United Arab Emirates Navy
Preceded by: Hameln class minesweeper
Subclasses:  Turkish Navy: A Class
In commission: 1992-1998
Planned: 12
Completed: 12
Active: 9
Retired: 3
General characteristics
Type: Mine hunter
Displacement: 650 t
Length: 54.4 m (178 ft)
Beam: 9.2 m (30 ft)
Draft: 2.6 m (8 ft 6 in)
Propulsion: 2 × MTU 16V 538 TB91 diesel-engines, 2040 kW each

2 × electric motors for slow and silent maneuvering
2 × Renk PLS 25 E gearboxes

2 × controllable pitch propellers
Speed: 18 kn
Complement: 41
Sensors and
processing systems:
1 × hull mounted DSQS-11A mine hunting sonar
DRBN 32 navigation radar
Electronic warfare
and decoys:
2 × TKWA/MASS (Multi Ammunition Softkill System) decoy launchers (currently under procurement)
2 × Barricade chaff and flare launcher
Armament: 1 × Bofors 40 mm/L70 dual purpose gun (currently upgrading to 1 × MLG 27 27 mm autocannon)

2 FIM-92 Stinger MANPADS surface-to-air missile
2 × Pinguin B3 mine hunting ROVs

Mine laying capabilities
  • mine diver equipment, decompression chamber
  • crane

The Type 332 Frankenthal class mine hunter is a class of German mine hunters. The ships are built of non-magnetic steel. Hull, machinery and superstructure of this class is similar to the original Type 343 Hameln class minesweeper, but the equipment differs.

Slightly modified Frankenthal class mine hunters are also operated by the Turkish Navy, where they are referred to as the A Class.

List of German ships[edit]

All active ships are currently stationed in Kiel at the Baltic Sea. M1058, M1059, M1062, M1065 and M1069 are part of the 3. Minensuchgeschwader (3. mine sweeper squadron). The others belong to 5. Minensuchgeschwader. M1060 Weiden was sold to United Arab Emirates in 2006. As the German Navy closed the naval base at Olpenitz, all ships were relocated to Kiel and their squadrons incorporated into the Einsatzflottille 1 (Flotilla 1).[1]

On 21 February 2007, Grömitz ran onto a reef in the Floro fjord while on tour in western Norway and remained stranded in a spectacular way until being salvaged.[2]

Name Call
Shipyard Commissioned Decommissioned
M1066 Frankenthal DREY Lürssen December 16, 1992 Sold to UAE (now M02 Al Murjan)
M1060 Weiden DRES Abeking & Rasmussen March 3, 1993 Sold to UAE (now M01 Al Hasbah)
M1061 Rottweil DRET Krögerwerft July 7, 1993 Refitted to be used with the SEK-M
M1063 Bad Bevensen DREV Lürssen December 9, 1993
M1067 Bad Rappenau DREZ Abeking & Rasmussen April 19, 1994
M1064 Grömitz DREW Krögerwerft August 23, 1994
M1068 Datteln DRFA Lürssen December 8, 1994
M1065 Dillingen DREX Abeking & Rasmussen April 25, 1995
M1069 Homburg DRFB Krögerwerft September 26, 1995
M1062 Sulzbach-Rosenberg DREU Lürssen January 23, 1996
M1058 Fulda DRFC June 5, 1998
M1059 Weilheim DRFD November 26, 1998



  1. ^ "Minenjagdboot FRANKENTHAL-Klasse". Deutsche Marine. Retrieved 4 August 2008. 
  2. ^ Image

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