Albatros-class fast attack craft

The Type 143 Albatros class was a German class of missile bearing Fast Attack Craft. Each vessel is named after a bird of prey including the albatross, condor and cormorant. Constructed by German shipbuilders Lürssen and Kröger, the vessels were intended to replace the Type 141 Seeadler-class. The German Navy retired the class in 2005 and sold the boats off to Tunisia and Ghana.


Country Name Origin Year
Germany 1976
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Germany 1976 2005 View
Ghana 1976 2005 View
Indonesia 1976 2005 View
Tunisia 1976 2005 View

General characteristics

The requirements for the design were finalized in October 1966 and the order placed in July 1972. The Type 143s were constructed of composite hulls, designed by Lürssen, displacing 398 tonnes. They were 57.8 metres (190 ft) long with a beam of 7.8 m (25 ft 7 in) and a draught of 2.6 m (8 ft 6 in). They had a complement of 40.

The craft were powered by 4 MTU 16V 956 TB91 diesels creating 17,700 horsepower (13,200 kW) driving 4 shafts. This gave the craft a maximum speed of 40 knots (74 km/h; 46 mph) and a range of 1,300 nautical miles (2,400 km; 1,500 mi) at 30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph).

NATO
pennantnumber
German
pennant
number
Name Call sign Com-
missioned
Decom-
missioned
Status
P6111 S61 Albatros DRBU 1 November 1976 24 March 2005 Sold to Ghana, Naa Gbewaa
P6112 S62 Falke DRBV 13 April 1976 16 December 2004
P6113 S63 Geier DRBW 2 July 1976 29 September 2005 Sold to Tunisia, 507 Himilcon
P6114 S64 Bussard DRBX 14 August 1976 24 March 2005 Sold to Ghana, Yaa Asantewa
P6115 S65 Sperber DRBY 27 September 1976 4 July 2005 Sold to Tunisia, 505 Hamilcar
P6116 S66 Greif DRBZ 25 November 1976 4 July 2005 Sold to Tunisia, 506 Hannon
P6117 S67 Kondor DRCA 17 December 1976 16 December 2004
P6118 S68 Seeadler DRCB 28 March 1977 29 September 2005 Sold to Tunisia 508 Hannibal
P6119 S69 Habicht DRCC 23 December 1977 13 December 2005 Sold to Tunisia, 509Hasdrubal[3]
P6120 S70 Kormoran DRCD 18 July 1977 13 December 2005 Sold to Tunisia, 510 Giscon[3

S61—S65 were part of the 2. Schnellboot Geschwader (Fast attack craft squadron), and S66—S70 belonged to the 7. Schnellbootgeschwader. Both squadrons were based in Warnemünde.

Name: Type 143 Albatros class
Builders: Lürssen
Kröger
Operators:  German Navy
 Ghana Navy
 Indonesian Navy
 Tunisia Navy
Succeeded by: Gepard-class fast attack craft
In service: 1976–2005
In commission: 1976–1977
Completed: 10
Active: 10
General characteristics
Type: Fast attack craft
Displacement: 398 tonnes
Length: 57.8 m (189 ft 8 in)
Beam: 7.8 m (25 ft 7 in)
Draught: 2.6 m (8 ft 6 in)
Propulsion: 4 shafts, 4 MTU 16V 956 TB91 diesels 17,700 hp (13,200 kW)
Speed: 40 kn (74 km/h; 46 mph)
Range: 1,300 nmi (2,400 km; 1,500 mi) at 30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)
Complement: 40
Sensors and
processing systems:
1 x SMA 3 RM 20 navigation radar
1 x WM27 search and fire-control radar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Decoy launcher HOT DOG
Chaff launcher DAG 2200 Wolke
Armament: 2 × OTO-Melara 76 mm guns
4 × MM38 Exocet anti-ship missiles
2 × 533 mm (21.0 in) torpedo tubes(not used)

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