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Jaguar-class fast attack craft
Schnellboot der Jaguar-Klasse (140).JPG
Schnellboot Jaguar class in the early 1960s
Class overview
Builders: Lurssen, Bremen-Vegesack
Operators:  German Navy,  Turkish Navy
Succeeded by: Zobel class fast attack craft
Subclasses: Type 141 Seeadler fast attack craft
Built: 1957-1960
In commission: 1958-76
Completed: 20
Retired: 20
Preserved: 1
General characteristics
Type: Torpedo boat (fast attack craft)
Displacement: 183.4 tonnes standard, 210 tonnes full load
Length: 42.6 m
Beam: 7.1 m
Draught: 2.3 m
    • 4 Mercedes-Benz MB 518 B diesel engines, 3000PS each
    • 4 propeller shafts, driving three-bladed propellers of 1.15m diameter
    • Bunker: 25t fuel, 1.12t lubricants, 2t fresh water
Speed: 42 kn (78 km/h) max, 39 kn (72 km/h) max sustained
Range: 700 nmi (1,300 km)s at 35 knots (65 km/h)
Complement: 39 officers and enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
Navigation radar, Surveillance radar

2 Bofors 40mm gun, 3168 rounds of ammunition

The Type 140 Jaguar class fast attack craft is an evolution of the German torpedo boats (E boats) of World War II. The design was developed by Lürssen and designated Schnellboot 55. The 20 boats that were built for the German Navy were in Service from 1959 to 1976. Then the Jaguar class boats were replaced in service with the Bundesmarine by the Type 148 Tiger class fast attack craft.

The Jaguar class Boats were relatively well suited for high sea action. In NATO strategy it was their duty to intercept landing operations in the Baltic Sea, prevent transfers of ships of the Soviet Union and keep the transatlantic supply lines open through the North Sea.

The Type 141 Seeadler fast attack craft differs from the Type 140 only in the model of engine.

List of boats

Name Com-
P6059 S1 Jaguar November 16, 1957 June 22, 1973 sold to private shipyard
P6058 S2 Iltis December 19, 1957 January 31, 1975 Used as target ship, then to Turkish Navy for cannibalization
P6062 S3 Wolf February 12, 1958 March 21, 1975 To Turkish Navy as P335 Kalkan
P6061 S4 Luchs March 27, 1957 December 1, 1972 sold to private company
P6060 S5 Leopard May 20, 1958 May 28, 1973 sold to private shipyard
P6065 S12 Löwe February 5, 1959 April 25, 1975 To Turkish Navy as P332 Kilic
P6066 S13 Fuchs March 17, 1959 July 13, 1973 sold to private shipyard
P6067 S14 Marder July 7, 1959 June 22, 1972 sold to private shipyard
P6082 S15 Weihe October 28, 1959 July 5, 1972 To France as target ship, sunk
P6083 S16 Kranich December 19, 1959 November 2, 1973 Museum ship in Bremerhaven, scrapped 2006
P6085 S17 Storch March 12, 1960 March 29, 1974 To Turkish Navy as P331 Tufan
P6087 S18 Häher April 5, 1960 December 15, 1974 To Turkish Navy as P333 Mizrak
P6088 S19 Elster July 8, 1960 July 19, 1974 sold to private shipyard
P6089 S20 Reiher August 15, 1960 August 21, 1973 To Turkish Navy, for cannibalization?
P6091 S21 Dommel February 4, 1961 March 22, 1974 sold to private shipyard
P6090 S22 Pinguin March 28, 1961 December 14, 1972 To Turkish Navy as P336 Karayel
P6063 S23 Tiger October 15, 1958 December 20, 1974 To Turkish Navy as P334 Yildiz
P6064 S24 Panther December 12, 1958 March 1, 1973 sold to private shipyard
P6084 S29 Alk January 14, 1960 August 6, 1974 To Turkish Navy, for cannibalization?
P6086 S30 Pelikan March 30, 1960 May 31, 1974 To Turkish Navy, P330 Firtina


Gardiner, Robert (ed.) (1995). Conway's all the World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995. London: Conway Maritime. ISBN 0-85177-605-1. OCLC 34284130.  Also published as Gardiner, Robert; Chumbley, Stephen; Budzbon, Przemysław (1995). Conway's all the World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-132-7. OCLC 34267261. 

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