Planet-class research ship

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Type 751 Planet
Type 751 Planet
Class overview
Operators:  German Navy
Active: 1
General characteristics
Class and type: Unique research ship
Displacement: 3,500 tonnes (3,445 long tons)
Length: 73 m (239 ft 6 in)
Beam: 27.20 m (89 ft 3 in)
Draft: 6.80 m (22 ft 4 in)
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 20 (+ 20 scientists)

Type 751 Planet of the German Navy is the most modern naval research ship within NATO.[1] It was built as a SWATH design in order to reduce the hull volume and to increase the ship's stability, particularly in high seas and at high speed.

It is used for geophysics and naval technology trials and research.[1] While technically not armed, it is equipped with torpedo launch capability. Other weapons systems can be installed for weapon trials.

Planet in 2008


  1. ^ a b "Forschungsschiff "Planet"-Klasse (751)" (in German). Offizieller Internetauftritt der Marine. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2014.