Kulmbach-class mine hunter

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Kulmbach-class mine hunters stationed at Kiel Naval Base
Class overview
Operators:  German Navy
Preceded by: Hameln class minesweeper
Built: 1999–2001
In commission: 1989-2016
Completed: 5
Retired: 5
General characteristics
Displacement: 635 tonnes
Length: 54.4 m (178 ft 6 in)
Beam: 9.2 m (30 ft 2 in)
Draught: 2.84 m (9 ft 4 in)
Speed: 18 knots
Complement: 37
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
2 × TKWA/MASS (Multi Ammunition Softkill System) decoy launcher (currently under procurement)

The Type 333 Kulmbach class is a class of five German Navy ships. Built as Type 343 Hameln class minesweepers, they have been upgraded to minehunters using Seefuchs expendable drones to detonate detected naval mines.

List of ships[edit]

Name Call
commissioned decommissioned
M1091 Kulmbach DRFU May 23, 1990 March 31, 2012
M1095 Überherrn DRFS September 19, 1989 June 30, 2016
M1096 Passau DRFJ December 18, 1990 September 27, 2013
M1097 Laboe DRFK December 7, 1989 March 28, 2012
M1099 Herten DRFP March 26, 1991 June 30, 2016

Notes: The listed commission dates are from their original commission as Type 343 boats since they were not formally recommissoned after their upgrade to Type 333 mine hunters.

The ships currently belong to the 3. Minensuchgeschwader (3rd Minesweeping Squadron) based in Kiel at the Baltic Sea.

Two of the three decommissioned Kulmbach-class mine hunters will be donated to Croatia in the near future.


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