Gepard-class fast attack craft

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Schnellboot P6129 S79 Wiesel.jpg
S79 Wiesel
Class overview
Operators:  German Navy
Preceded by: Type 143 Albatros class
In service: 1982–present
In commission: 1982–present
Planned: 10
Completed: 10
Active: 10 (8 with German Navy, 2 with Ghana Navy)
General characteristics
Displacement: 390 t (380 long tons; 430 short tons)
Length: 57.6 m (189 ft)
Beam: 7.8 m (25 ft 7 in)
Draught: 2.6 m (8 ft 6 in)
Propulsion: 4 × diesel engines, totalling 13,235 kW (17,748 hp)
Speed: 40 knots (74 km/h; 46 mph)
Complement: 5 officers, 31 enlisted
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Decoy launcher HOT DOG
Chaff launcher DAG 2200 Wolke
Armament: 1 × Otobreda 76 mm gun

4 × MM38 Exocet anti-ship missiles
1 × GDC RAM launcher, 21 cells
2 × MG50-1 machine guns

Mine laying capability

The Type 143A Gepard class is Germany's last class of missile bearing fast attack craft (German: Schnellboot) and the only one still in service with the German Navy since 1990.

It is an evolution of the Albatros-class fast attack craft, the main difference is the replacement of the second 76mm-gun by the RAM system. It is planned that Gepard class vessels will gradually be supplemented by Braunschweig-class corvettes and to be replaced by a new class of corvettes in the 2020s.

The ships in class are named after small to medium sized predatory animals: cheetah, puma, stoat, mink, sable, ferret, badger, ocelot, weasel and hyena.

List of ships[edit]

Name Call
Commissioned Decommissioned
P6121 S 71 Gepard DRCE December 7, 1982
P6122 S 72 Puma DRCF February 17, 1983
P6123 S 73 Hermelin DRCG April 28, 1983
P6124 S 74 Nerz DRCH July 14, 1983 March 31, 2012 - transferred to Ghana
P6125 S 75 Zobel DRCI September 28, 1983
P6126 S 76 Frettchen DRCJ December 16, 1983
P6127 S 77 Dachs DRCK March 22, 1984 March 31, 2012 - transferred to Ghana
P6128 S 78 Ozelot DRCL May 25, 1984
P6129 S 79 Wiesel DRCM July 12, 1984
P6130 S 80 Hyäne DRCN November 13, 1984

In 2012, Germany delivered two of its decommissioned Gepard-class FACs, S74 Nerz and S77 Dachs to the Ghana Navy.[1]