Oste-class fleet service ship

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A52 Oste
A52 Oste in 2006
Class overview
Builders: Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft, Flensburg
Operators:  German Navy
Preceded by: Type 422 class
In commission: 1988–
Completed: 3
Active: 3
General characteristics
Displacement: 3,200 tonnes
Length: 83.5 m (273 ft 11 in)
Beam: 14.6 m (47 ft 11 in)
Draft: 4.2 m (13 ft 9 in)
Propulsion: 2 diesel engines, 3300 kW each
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h)
Range: More than 5,000 nautical miles (9,300 km)
Complement: 36 + up to 40 mission specialists
Sensors and
processing systems:
ELINT/COMINT sensors
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Electronic countermeasures[specify]
Armament: None

Type 423 Oste class are purpose built SIGINT/ELINT and reconnaissance ships of the German Navy. Officially designated as fleet service ships, they replaced the Type 422 class.

Accommodation for the crew was designed to civil standards, and the Oste class offers much more comfort for the crew than other ships in the German Navy.

List of ships[edit]

Ship Pennant
number
Call sign Launched Commissioned
Oste A52 DRHH July 30, 1988
Oker A53 DRHG November 10, 1988
Alster A50 DRHF November 14, 1988 October 5, 1989

The ships were built at Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft in Flensburg.

All ships are currently based in Eckernförde and belong to the 1st submarine squadron stationed in Eckernförde. The vessels received the same name and pennant numbers as the three Type 422 class vessels they replaced. To avoid the confusion, the ship names are sometimes suffixed with II.

The Oker was reportedly spotted near the Syrian coast in August 2012. [1]

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