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Albatros-class fast attack craft
Albatros-Klasse
Albatros class boats, S63 Geier in the foreground. The third one is a Gepard class boat.
Class overview
Operators:  German Navy,  Tunisia Navy,  Ghana Navy
In service: 1976–2005
In commission: 1976–1977
Completed: 10
Retired: 10
General characteristics
Displacement: 398 tonnes
Length: 57.8 m (189 ft 8 in)
Beam: 7.8 m (25 ft 7 in)
Draft: 2.6 m (8 ft 6 in)
Propulsion: 13.235 kW
Speed: 40 knots (74 km/h)
Complement: 40
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
• Decoy launcher HOT DOG
Chaff launcher DAG 2200 Wolke
Armament: • 2 × OTO-Melara 76 mm guns
• 4 × MM38 Exocet anti-ship missiles
• 2 × torpedo tubes (not used)

The Type 143 Albatros class was a German class of missile bearing Fast Attack Craft. Each vessel is named after a bird of prey including the albatross, condor and cormorant.

S61—S65 were part of the 2. Schnellbootgeschwader (Fast attack craft squadron), and S66—S70 belonged to the 7. Schnellbootgeschwader. Both squadrons were based in Warnemünde.

In July 2010, it was reported that Ghana had purchased two vessels from Germany.[1]

List of ships[]

NATO
pennant
number
German
pennant
number
Name Call sign Com-
missioned
Decom-
missioned
Status
P6111 S61 Albatros DRBU November 1, 1976 March 24, 2005
P6112 S62 Falke DRBV April 13, 1976 December 16, 2004
P6113 S63 Geier DRBW July 2, 1976 September 29, 2005 Sold to Tunisia, 507 Himilcon
P6114 S64 Bussard DRBX August 14, 1976 March 24, 2005
P6115 S65 Sperber DRBY September 27, 1976 July 4, 2005 Sold to Tunisia, 505 Hamilcar
P6116 S66 Greif DRBZ November 25, 1976 July 4, 2005 Sold to Tunisia, 506 Hannon
P6117 S67 Kondor DRCA December 17, 1976 December 16, 2004
P6118 S68 Seeadler DRCB March 28, 1977 September 29, 2005 Sold to Tunisia 508 Hannibal
P6119 S69 Habicht DRCC December 23, 1977 December 13, 2005 Sold to Tunisia, 509 Hasdrubal[2]
P6120 S70 Kormoran DRCD July 18, 1977 December 13, 2005 Sold to Tunisia, 510 Giscon[2]

References[]



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