Gepard-class fast attack craft

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Schnellboot P6129 S79 Wiesel.jpg
S79 Wiesel
Class overview
Operators:  German Navy
Preceded by: Albatros class
Succeeded by: Braunschweig-class
In service: 1982–2016
In commission: 1982–2016
Planned: 10
Completed: 10
Retired: 10
General characteristics
Type: Fast attack craft
Displacement: 390 t (380 long tons; 430 short tons)
Length: 57.6 m (189 ft)
Beam: 7.8 m (25 ft 7 in)
Draught: 2.6 m (8 ft 6 in)
Propulsion: 4 × diesel engines, totalling 13,235 kW (17,748 hp)
Speed: 40 knots (74 km/h; 46 mph)
Complement: 5 officers, 31 enlisted
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • Decoy launcher HOT DOG
  • Chaff launcher DAG 2200 Wolke

The Type 143A Gepard class was a class of missile bearing fast attack craft (German: Schnellboot) and the last one in service with the German Navy before the remaining four operational ships were decommissioned on 16 November 2016.

It is an evolution of the Albatros class, the main difference being the replacement of the second 76 mm gun by the RAM system. It is planned that Gepard-class vessels will gradually be supplemented by Braunschweig-class corvettes and to be replaced by a new class of corvettes in the 2020s.

The ships in class are named after small to medium-sized predatory animals; Gepard is German for "cheetah".

List of ships[edit]

Name Call
Commissioned Decommissioned
P6121 S 71 Gepard DRCE 7 December 1982 12 December 2014
P6122 S 72 Puma DRCF 17 February 1983 14 December 2015
P6123 S 73 Hermelin DRCG 28 April 1983 16 November 2016[1]
P6124 S 74 Nerz DRCH 14 July 1983 31 March 2012
P6125 S 75 Zobel DRCI 28 September 1983 16 November 2016[1]
P6126 S 76 Frettchen DRCJ 16 December 1983 16 November 2016[1]
P6127 S 77 Dachs DRCK 22 March 1984 31 March 2012
P6128 S 78 Ozelot DRCL 25 May 1984 18 December 2014
P6129 S 79 Wiesel DRCM 12 July 1984 14 December 2015
P6130 S 80 Hyäne DRCN 13 November 1984 16 November 2016[1]

The "S" and the number are part of the ship's full name; when the ships were first commissioned, their designation included only the number; however, the crews petitioned for full names, and the decision was made to combine the original names with the additional animal name.

Since 1 July 2006, all ships had formed part of the 7. Schnellbootgeschwader (7th Fast Patrol Boat Squadron), whereas for the eight years prior the flotilla was split into (hulls S 76–S 80) 2. Schnellbootgeschwader (2nd Fast Patrol Boat Squadron), and (hulls S 71–S 75) 7. Schnellbootgeschwader; the squadron was stationed in Warnemünde, where both predecessor squadrons had been based.



  1. ^ a b c d "Germany retires last fast attack craft". Naval Today. Retrieved 4 December 2016.