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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Baltic warships: Part 2a: Kiel

We visited Kiel at the very end of Kiel Week, when the annual Kiel Regatta takes place. There are usually quite a large number of visiting warships in the harbour during this week, but by the time we had arrived, most had left. The only foreign warship we saw was the USS James E. Williams (DDG-95), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.


The other warships in harbour were all German, and included the F123 Brandenburg-class frigate Schleswig-Holstein (F216), ...


... the Type 702 Berlin-class replenishment ship Frankfurt am Main (A1412), ...


... four Type 332 Frankenthal-class mine hunters, ...


... several retired fast attack craft (at least two of which appeared to be members of the Type 143A Gepard-class) in the process of being disarmed, ...


... the decommissioned trials vessel Stollergrund (Y863) and the Ammersee (A1425), a decommissioned Type 703 Walchensee-class coastal tanker, ...


... as well as several more retired Type 143A Gepard-class fast attack craft


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