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Zobel-class fast attack craft
Class overview
Builders: Lurssen, Bremen-Vegesack
Operators:  German Navy,  Turkish Navy
Preceded by: Jaguar class fast attack craft
Succeeded by: Type 143A Gepard class
Built: 1961-63
In commission: 1961-84
Completed: 10
Retired: 10
General characteristics
Type: Torpedo boat (fast attack craft)
Displacement: 172.5 tonnes standard, 190 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: 42kts max, 39kts max sustained
Range: 700nms at 35knots
Complement: 39 (4 Officers, 17 NCOs, 18 enlisted)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Navigation radar, Surveillance radar

2 Bofors 40mm gun, 3168 rounds of ammunition

The Type 142 Zobel class was a German class of torpedo bearing Fast Attack Craft (torpedo boats). They were in service with the Bundesmarine during the Cold War to protect the Baltic sea coast. The class was designed by Lürssen.

The Zobel class was replaced by the Type 143A Gepard class, they were the last fast attack craft with only torpedoes as main armament, all later classes have anti-ship missiles.

Kartal class FAC of the Turkish Navy is an advanced version of the Zobel class; vessels of this class are armed with Penguin anti-ship missiles and mines in addition to torpedoes.

List of ships

Name Callsign Shipbuilder Com-
P6092 S31 Zobel (Sable) DBUQ Lürssen December 12, 1961 September 7, 1982
P6093 S32 Wiesel (Weasel) DBUR Lürssen June 25, 1962 March 6, 1984 To Turkish Navy
P6094 S33 Dachs (Badger) DBUS Lürssen September 25, 1962 December 6, 1984 To Turkish navy
P6096 S34 Nerz (Mink) DBUX Lürssen January 11, 1963 July 8, 1982
P6098 S35 Gepard (Cheetah) DBUW Lürssen April 18, 1963 November 9, 1982 To Turkish navy
P6100 S36 Frettchen (Ferret) DBUY Lürssen June 26, 1963 August 9, 1983 To Turkish navy
P6101 S37 Ozelot (Ocelot) DBUZ Lürssen October 25, 1963 January 10, 1984 To Turkish navy
P6095 S38 Hermelin (Stoat) DBUT Kröger November 28, 1962 January 12, 1983
P6097 S39 Puma DBUV Kröger December 21, 1962 December 17, 1981 Sold as scrap [1]
P6099 S40 Hyäne (Hyena) DBUU Kröger May 10, 1963 June 5, 1984 To Turkish navy

In service with the Bundesmarine, the vessels belonged to the 7. Schnellbootgeschwader (7th Fast attack craft squadron) based in Kiel at the Baltic Sea.


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