Thursday, 20 April 2017

German mine hunters Überhernn (M1095) 1986-2016 and Herten (M1099) 1988-2016

Kiel, Germany 26 April 2016

Part of the Type 333 Kulmbach-class consisting of Kulmbach, Überhernn, Passau, Laboe and Herten built as Type 343 Hameln-class minesweepers but converted into Type 333 mine hunters when fitted out with Seefuchs expendable drones which were used to detonate detected mines. Machinery consisted of 2x2.040kW MTU 16V 538 TB91 diesels. Speed 18 knots. Crew numbered 37 men. Armament consisted original of 2-4cm L/70 dual purpose Bofors guns later replaced by 2,7cm MLG 27 remote-controlled auto cannons and

Technical class specifications. With a displacement of 635 tons and as dimensions 54,5 x 9,2 x 2,84 metres or 187.6 x 30.2 x 9.4 feet. 2FIM-92 Stinger MANPADS to launch surface-to-air missiles. Could be used as minelayers.

Überhernn, laid down by Abeking&Rasmussen, Lemwerder, Germany on 15 December 1986, launched on 30 August 1988, commissioned on 19 September 1989 and decommissioned on 30 June 2016. Call sign DRFS.

Herten, launched by Krögerwerft, Rendsburg, Germany on 16 June 1988, launched on 22 December 1989, commissioned on 26 February 1991 and decommissioned on 30 June 2016. Call sign DRFP.