Rhön-class tanker

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Spessart (A 1442) entering New York Harbor.jpg
A1442 Spessart entering New York Harbor
Class overview
Operators:  German Navy
In service: 1977-present
Active: 2
General characteristics
Type: Replenishment tanker
Displacement: 14,169 tonnes
Installed power: 5,880 kW (8,000 PS)
Speed: 16 knots
Capacity: 11,500 m³
Complement: 42 (civilian)

The Type 704A Rhön class tankers are a class of Replenishment oilers used by the German Navy to provide underway replenishment for its ships at sea.


  • Propulsion: 5880 kW
  • Speed: 16 kn
  • Capacity: 11.500 m³

Ship list[edit]

Name Call
Commissioned Base
A1443 Rhön DRKM September 23, 1977 Wilhelmshaven
A1442 Spessart DRKN September 5, 1977 Kiel

Originally the ships were built for Libya as the Okene (Rhön) and Okapi (Spessart). The Rhön and Spessart are small forested mountain ranges in Germany.