Gepard-class fast attack craft

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Schnellboot P6129 S79 Wiesel.jpg
S79 Wiesel
Class overview
Operators:  German Navy
Preceded by: Albatros-class
In service: 1982–present
In commission: 1982–present
Planned: 10
Completed: 10
Active: 6
General characteristics
Type: Fast Attack Craft
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
and 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 a 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.

List of ships[edit]

Name Call
Commissioned Decommissioned
P6121 S 71 Gepard DRCE 7 December 1982 12 December 2014
P6122 S 72 Puma DRCF 17 February 1983
P6123 S 73 Hermelin DRCG 28 April 1983
P6124 S 74 Nerz DRCH 14 July 1983 31 March 2012
P6125 S 75 Zobel DRCI 28 September 1983
P6126 S 76 Frettchen DRCJ 16 December 1983
P6127 S 77 Dachs DRCK 22 March 1984 31 March 2012
P6128 S 78 Ozelot DRCL 25 May 1984 18 December 2014
P6129 S 79 Wiesel DRCM 12 July 1984
P6130 S 80 Hyäne DRCN 13 November 1984

The "S" and the number are part of the ship's full name. When the ships were first commissioned, their designation included only the number; however, the crews petitioned for full names, and the decision was made to combine the original names with the additional animal name.

Since 1 July 2006, all ships are part of the 7. Schnellbootgeschwader (7th Fast Patrol Boat Squadron), whereas for the eight years prior the flotilla was split into (hulls S 76–S 80) 2. Schnellbootgeschwader (2nd Fast Patrol Boat Squadron), and a smaller (hulls S 71–S 75) 7. Schnellbootgeschwader. The squadron is stationed in Warnemünde, where both predecessor squadrons were also based