Spessart (A1442)

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Spessart (A 1442) entering New York Harbor.jpg
Spessart entering New York harbour on 13 October 2004
Career (Germany)  German Navy
Name: Spessart
Owner: Deutsche Marine
Builder: Kröger, Rendsburg
Launched: 1974
Commissioned: 5 September 1977
General characteristics
Class & type: Rhön-class tanker
Displacement: 14,169 tonnes
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h)
Complement: 46

Spessart (A1442) is a Rhön-class tanker of the German Navy. She was commissioned in Kiel on 5 September 1977.

History[edit]

Spessart was originally built for civilian service by Kröger of Rendsburg in 1974. On 5 September 1977 she was commissioned into the Deutsche Marine, based at Kiel.[1]

On 29 March 2009, as she was taking part in Operation Atalanta, Spessart was attacked by a 7-man pirate boat.[2][3] In addition to the regular 40-man civilian crew, Spessart carried a 12-man security detail which exchanged small arm fire with the pirates, and repelled the assault.[4] The ships HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën, HS Psara, SPS Victoria, USS Boxer and FGS Rheinland-Pfalz intervened and captured the pirates after a few hours of chase.

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