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Kulmbach-class mine hunter
Kulmbach-class mine hunters stationed at Kiel Naval Base
Class overview
Operators:  German Navy
Preceded by: Hameln class minesweeper
Built: 1999-2001
Active: 2
General characteristics
Displacement: 635 tonnes
Length: 54.40 m
Beam: 9.20 m
Draught: 2.84 m
  • 2 x MTU 16V 538 TB91 diesel engines, 2240 kW each
  • 2 x Renk PLS 25 gearboxes
  • 2 x propeller shafts driving controllable pitch propellers
Speed: 18 knots
Complement: 37
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • 2 x TKWA/MASS (Multi Ammunition Softkill System) decoy launcher (currently under procurement)
  • Armament:
  • 2 x Bofors 40mm/L70 dual-purpose gun (currently upgrading to MLG 27 remote-controlled autocannons)
  • 2 x FIM-92 Stinger surface-to-air missile (MANPADS) stands
  • Mine-laying capabilities
  • 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

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

    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.


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