Kiel, Germany 26 April 2016
Laid down by A. Lürssen Werft, Vegesack, Germany on 1 September 1992, launched on 27 April 1995 and commissioned 23 January 1996. Call sign DREU. Part of the Frankenthal-class consisting of the Frankenthal, Weiden, Rottwell, Bad Bevensen, Bad Rappenau, Grömitz, Datteln, Homburg, Sulzbach-Rosenbger, Fulda and Weilheim preceded by the Hameln-class.
General class technical specifications. Displacement 650 tons and as dimensions 54,5 x 9,2 x 2,6 metres or 178 x 30 x 8.6 feet. Machinery consists of 2x2.040kW MTU 16V 538 TB91 diesels and 2 electric motors to be able to manoeuvre still and slowly. Speed 18 knots. Her crew numbers 41 men. The armament consisted of 1-4cm L70 dual purpose Bofors gun replaced by 1-2,7cm MLG 27 auto cannon, 2FIM-92 Stinger MANPADS to launch surface-to-air missiles and 2 Pinguin B3mine hunting ROV’s. Able to be used as a minelayer.