Thursday, 20 April 2017

German coastal mine hunters Weilheim (M 1059) and Homburg (M 1069) 1992-

Kiel, Germany 26 April 2016

Weilheim (M 1059), laid down by A. Lürssen Werft, Vegesack, Germany in December 1995, launched on 26 February 1998 and commissioned on 3 December 1998. Call sign DRFD.

Homburg (M1069), laid down by A. Lürssen Werft, Vegesack, Germany on17 February 1992, launched on 21 April 1994 and commissioned on 15 August 1995. Call sign DRFB. Other sources claims she was built at the Krögerwerft, Rendsbyrg, Geermany and commissioned on 26 September 1995.

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.