German Navy in Simon's Town

Feb 22, 2006
Author: P&S

Three ships of the German Navy arrived in Simonís Town this week on an official visit to the South African Navy, with whom they will hold joint exercises.

The three ships, the frigates Hamburg (F220) and Rheinland-Pfalz (F209) and the combat support ship Berlin (A1411) exchanged gun salutes with the SAN as they arrived at the Simonís Town naval base and dockyard.

Also in South Africa at this time to participate in the joint exercises off the coast are six Tornado aircraft of the German Air Force.

Between 3 and 6 March the task forces of the German and South African Navies will take a break from exercising with a courtesy visit to Cape Town.

The frigate Hamburg of the Sachsen class of type 124 is one of the German Navyís latest ships, having been built in 2004. She displaces 5,600 tons and has a length of 143m with a beam of 17.4m and a draught of 4.5m


Type 124 Hamburg, one of three multi-purpose Sachsen class frigates of the German Navy now at Simonís Town Naval Base.. Click images to enlarge

The shipís power plant generates 38,000 kW (51,600 hp) with two diesel engines for cruising and a gas turbine for boost purposes with a top speed of about 29 knots. The ship carries two Lynx helicopters and is armed with an array of missiles in addition to a 76mm and several smaller guns plus two triple torpedo tubes.

The class is designed to replace the Lutjens class of ship (type 103B).

The other visiting frigate, Rheinland-Pfalz (F209) is one of eight Bremen class or type 122 frigates which were built between 1982 and 1990. This ship is 130m long with a beam of 14.5m and a draught of 6m and displaces 3,800 tons. She has a top speed of 30 knots and is powered by two cruise diesels and a boost turbine driving twin shafts.


Type 122 Bremen-class anti submarine and surface warfare frigate of the German Navy, of which Rheinland-Pfalz (F209) is also visiting Simonís Town this week

Her armament consists of a 76mm gun, two 20mm guns, four anti-submarine torpedo tubes, and an array of missiles in addition to two Lynx helicopters.

The visiting combat support ship, Berlin (A1411) is one of two similar vessels in the German Navy. The ship has full logistic and medical support for a fleet at sea and is designed to re-equip warships with ammunition and supplies.


Combat support ship Berlin (A1411) of the German Navy, accompanying two German frigates currently visiting South Africa. Pictures courtesy German Navy

The Berlin displaces approximately 20,200 tons and is 174 m long with a beam of 24m and a draught of 7.4m. She is lightly armed mainly for air defence purposes and carries two Sea King shipboard helicopters. The ship cruises at 20 knots.


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