|Federal German Navy - 7. S-Boat-Squadron|
The 7. S-Boat-Squadron was put in order by Organization Order No. 105 - Navy with an effective date of 01.04.1961 with home-base Kiel. 10 boats of the "Zobel"-Class (S-Boat-Class 142) on the basis of the "Jaguar"-boats were assigned to the squadron. In sted of the requestet fire-control-system the boat again received the semi-automatic plotting table Nedinsco. Weapon and their targetting equipment corresponded to those on the "Jaguar"-boats.
S-"Zobel"-Class, (Class 142) - Picture: Archives Förderverein
In order to modernize the flotilla and to make it fit the threat, trials with the boats of the 7. SGschw were conducted with new weapon-systems. Long-range anti-surface missiles, short-range anti-air missiles, and wireguided torpedoes were to be tested witht he fire-control-sytem "M 20" of the company Hollandse Signaal Apparaten (H.S.A.) were to be tested.
1963 the trials with the american ship-to-air-missile SAM "Tartar", which could also be utilized in a surface mode, and the british short-range surface-to-air-missile SAM "Seacat" started. As testboat S-"Nerz" were equipped witha "M 20" fire-control-system.
The "Seacat"-missile was fitted on both sides of the forward 40mm-gun. The trials with "Seacat" werde ended soon, since the optical fire-control until impact on the target was not to be carried out very promising from a S-boat in seastate.
SAM "Seacat" at a 40mm-Gun - Picture: From H. Fock Schnellboote Bd. 3
S-"Nerz" Testing SAM "Seacat" - Picture: Archives H. Frank
The trials with the "Tartar"-missile were in the beginning also not very promising but were carried out over the years and it was believed to gain control of missile and launcher.
S-"Nerz" Testing SAM "Tartar" - Picture: Archives H. Frank
The trials with SAM "Tartar" were finally ended in 1969, since the missile was too heavy and too complex, to be employed by S-boats. A further disadvantage of this missile was that the target had to be tracked by the firecontrol-radar continuously during the time the missile was in flight. In the meantime plannings for a new class of boats had commenced (S-Boot Klasse 143).
The boats of class 142 were retrofitted from 1970 to 1972 (S-Boat Class 142 mod.) and received instead of hitherto four torpedotubes two torpedotubes for the wireguided torpedoes DM 2 A 1, "Seal", which had been tested on boat "Kormoran", the fire-control- system "M 20" for teh control of guns and torpedoes.
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Between 1981 and 1983 the squadron was retrofitted with 10 boats of Class 143 A. The squadron was stationed at Warnemünde from December 1995 until November 2016.
On closing down the S-Boat-Flottilla
on 29.06.2006 the squadron came under command of Einsatzflottille 1 (EF 1). As first two boats
of this class "S74 Nerz" and "S77 Dachs" were
decommisioned on 29.02.2012 at Wilhelmshaven.
"Zobel"-Class, S-Boat Class 142 mod.
S-"Zobel"-Class, (Class 142) - Picture: Archives Förderverein
Trials with Targeting System OGR-7 on S-"Hyäne" - Picture: Archives Förderverein
S-"Nerz"-Class, ( Class 142 mod.) - Picture: Archives Förderverein
Boats of Class 142 and their Whereabouts
The second int'l callsign was in effect from 01.12.1981.
*) There is a discrepancy between the information received from Eberhard-Werft and the web-site of the Roving Commissions, which states, that ex-" Puma" was found on Itchen River, Southampton, under the name "Arthur of San Lorenzo". From this boat the engines and other spareparts of the machinery were removed and used for the restoration of S 130. In 2016 Desmond Hughes from England reported that he had bought the boat "Arthur of San Lorenzo" without engines. The boat broken up at Arnis 2011 may also have been a boat of type 140.
"Gepard"-Class, S-Boot Class 143 A
"S 72 - Puma" (Class 143 A)
Boats of Class 143 A
For the launching of the boats of class S 143 A the planning for the namegiving and for the godmothers/speekers were determined by a document of BMVg FüM I 3 on 2nd November 1981, the dates were determined by the building progress:
*) The launching of boat "S73 Hermelin" took place on 08.12.1981 in icecold weather at Schacht-Audorf near Rendsburgt. The leader of the Navy Music Corps broke off the playing of the nation anthem and reported to KAdm Vohs, that the instruments were freesing to the lips of the musician. Thereupon KAdm Vohs: "Aye aye, fellows, inside and drik a schnaps"
Boats "S73 Hermelin", "S75 Zobel" and "S77 Dachs" were built by Kröger-Werft at Schacht-Audorf near Rendsburg, all other boats by Fr. Lürssen-Werft at Bremen-Vegesack.
The godfather-towns of the boats were as follows:
Before the RAM-Launchers were installed on Class 143 A-boats the weapon system was tested on "S69 Habicht".
"S69 Habicht" fitted with RAM-Launcher for Trials - Picture: Archives Burkhard Schindler
For Testing the RAM-Launcher on "S69 Habicht" the Torpedo-Tubes were removed at times - Picture: Archives Burkhard Schindler
From 01. October.1999 until the disbanding of the 2. S-Boat-Squadron on 28 July 2006 five boats of Class 143 were emmployed by the 2. S-Boat-Squadron whereas five boats of Class 143 A were employed by the 7. S-Boat-Squadron. FRom the 2. S-Boat-Squadron the boats "S66 Greif", "S67 Kondor", "S68 Seeadler", "S69 Habicht" and "S70 Kormoran" were turned over to the 7. S-Boat-Squadron and boats "S76 Frettchen, "S77 Dachs", "S78 Ozelot", "S79 Wiesel" and "S80 Hyäne" were dispatched to the 2. S-Boat-Squadron. That was to render protection against missiles at short range by the boats of Class 143 A in mixed packs whereas the boats of class 143 provided higher gunnery potential and the wireguided torpedoes. Such a mixed pack could therefore bring to bear three 76mm-guns, eight MM 38, two SEAL, 21 RAM-missiles and mines. With the disbanding of the 2. S-Boat- Squadron the boats of Class 143 A returned to the 7. S-Boat-Squadron.
"S76 Frettchen" with Coat-of-Arms of the 2. S-Boat-Squadron - Picture: Archiv T. Kunzmann
"S77 Dachs" with Coat-of-Arms of the 2. S-Boat-Squadron - Picture: Archiv T. Kunzmann
"S78 Ozelot" with Coat-of-Arms of the 2. S-Boat-Squadron - Picture: Archiv T. Kunzmann
"S79 Wiesel" with Coat-of-Arms of the 2. S-Boat-Squadron - Picture: Archiv T. Kunzmann
"S66 Greif" with Coat-of-Arms of the 7. S-Boat-Squadron - Picture: Archiv T. Kunzmann
"S68 Seeadler" with Coat-of-Arms of the 2. S-Boat-Squadron - Picture: Archiv T. Kunzmann
"S69 Habicht" with Coat-of-Arms of the 7. S-Boat-Squadron - Picture: Frank Zingler
"S70 Kormoran" with Coat-of-Arms of the 7. S-Boat-Squadron - Picture: Archives T. Kunzmann
For the Disbanding of the 2. S-Boat-Squadron this Batch was created
After 29 years in service the two boats "S74 Nerz" and "S77 Dachs" were decommissioned on 29.02.2012 at 14:00 lct. at MArs Wilhelmshaven.
The boats "S74 Nerz" and "S77 Dachs" moored at the Arsenal - Picture: K. Heidemann
In his speach to the crews of the two boats and the guests the commander of the 7. S-Boat-Squadron, Fregattenkapitän C. Meyer, pointed out that both crews had maintained the boats so well in spite of mot being ready for sea since spring of 2011, that they had been able to proceed on their own keel during their last voyage in their duty for the German Navy from their homeport to the MArs Wilhelmshaven.
Complement "S77 Dachs" and guests on the Arsenal pier - Picture: K. Heidemann
He also pointed out, that all crewmembers would get a follow-on-job in the 7. S-Squadron and with that could contribute to the readines for action of the remaining 8 boats.
Subsequently the crews and their guests fell in line on board their boats and the commanding officers ordered: "Lower colours and pennant"
"Lower colours and pennant" - Picture: K. Heidemann
Then Kptlt Ermisch, commanding officer "S74 Nerz", and Kptlt Dubnitzki, commanding officer "S77 Dachs", reported the commander of the squadron the boats decommissioned, and he reported the A 3 of Flotilla 1, Kapitän zur See Miller: "... the boats "S74 Nerz" und "S77 Dachs" are decommissioned".
In the meantime the two boats "S74 Nerz" and "S77 Dachs" have been sold to Emder Werft und Dock GmbH. The were towed to Enden i December 2015 and are laying there with to us unknown further use.
The former S-Boats "S74 Nerz" and "S77 Dachs" at Emden - Picture: T. Kunzmann
The Boats "S71 Gepard" and S78 Ozelot" at Berthing M at Warnemünde - Picture: Volker Groth
12.12.2014 was boat "S71 Gepard" decommissioned at berthing M of
the Naval Base Warnemünde after 32 year of service.
The Guests of the Decommissioning-Ceremony for "S71 Gepard" - Picture: Volker Groth
Remains of the Crew of "S71 Gepard" - Picture: Volker Groth
For the decommissioning-ceremony of boat „S 71 Gepard“ six members of the board of the Fördervereins Museums-Schnellboot e.V. lead by the Chairman, FKpt a.D. Karl (Kalle) Scheuch, had arrived. This fact was pointed out by the Commander of the 7. SGschw, FKpt Rühmann, in his address to the crew of „S71 Gepard“ and their guests.
FKpt Rühmann während der Ansprache - Foto: Volker Groth
FKpt Rühmann was in a position to wellcome a number of guests from the navy, thereamong also former commanding officers of the boat. Self-evident that the Commander addressed the special role of the boat within the squadron as the type-boat and within her deployments in the Operation Freedom and UNIFIL. He explained that the crew will be transferred to other boats within the squadron or to units of the 1. Corvette Squadron.
he ordered the Commanding Officer: „Korvettenkapitän Münstermann
decommission the boat „S71 Gepard“!"
ordered thereupon: „Crew „S71 Gepard“ stand to attention!“ and „Flag
attendents to their stations!“ and finally: „Lower flag and pennant!“.
With tzhe corresponding signal of t he boatswain's pipe flags and pennant
were lowered. Then he reported to his Commander „Korvettenkapitän Münstermann,
„S71 Gepard“ decommissioned!“
Lowering the Flag - Picture: Volker Groth
"S71 Gepard" decommissioned alongside "S78 Ozelot" - Picture: Volker Groth
The boat "S 78 Ozelot" was decommissioned on 18.12.2014 at 10:00 hours after 30 years in Service.
"S80 Hyäne" 17th March 2015 entering Warnemünde efter Squadex - Picture: T. Kunzmann
7. SGschw at Portsmouth 1st May 2015 - Picture: Frank Raudszus
"S75 Zobel" during Kiel Week 2015 - Pictured: Hans-Joachim Friedrich
Contary to all expectations the 7. SGschw early July 2015 got the order ti detach the boat "S80 Hyäne" again to UNIFIL. The boat left Warnemünde Hohe Düne on 13th July 2015 and is to relieve Corvette "Erfurt", which is to join Mission ATALANTA at the Horn of Africa. Task of "S80 Hyäne" off the Libanon coast will be to contribute to the preventation of weapon-smuggling into Libanon.
"S80 Hyäne" 13th July 2015 entering Kiel Kanal - Picture: T. Kunzmann
"S80 Hyäne" 13th July 2015 sailing past Rendsburg - Picture: T. Kunzmann
Our fellow club member Dr. Nikolaus Sifferlinger saw "S80 Hyäne" on 22.07.2015 during a intermediate stop on Malta.
"S80 Hyäne" on 22.07.2015 during an intermediate stop on Malta - Picture: N. Sifferlinger
On 25.07.2015 around 11:00 o'clock "S80 Hyäne" entered Limassol on Cypres to join UNIFIL.
Transit of "S79 Wiesel" and "S72 Puma" to Wilhelmshaven
On 28.09.2015 at 05.30 the boats "S72 Puma" and "S79 Wiesel" left Rostock-Warnemünde, Stützpunkt Hohe Düne, to hand in the battle-ammunition at Jägersberg and to sail to the Marinearsenal Wilhelmshaven via Nord-Ostsee-Kanal to have instruments and the armament removed.
The trip through the NOK was packed with hindrances (more than two hours delay at the Holtenau locks and two stops at passing places) thus the boats did not arrive at the Naval Base Wilhelmshaven around midnight but could only secure their boats against morning of the 29.09.2015. Therefore, they sailed through th lock at 08.00 and secured in the Marinearsenal an.
"S72 Puma" almost in fuld Strength in im MArs Wilhelmshaven - Picture: K. Scheuch
Commanding Officer "S79 Wiesel", KKpt Münstermann, on his Bridge - Picture: K. Scheuch
Magnetic Compass, FL 1800 and Radom WM 27 of "S79 Wiesel" - Picture: K. Scheuch
View from the Prow on 76mm-Oto Melara and Bridge "S79 Wiesel" - Picture: K. Scheuch
"S79 Wiesel" with RAM-Launcher, her MM 38-Containers already removed - Picture: K. Scheuch
The long trip to Wilhelmshaven
At MArs Wilhelmshaven the 76mm-Gun and the RAM-Launcher as well as some instrument werde removed.
"S79 Wiesel" and "S72 Puma" i the Brundbüttel Locks - Picture: Frank Zingler
"S79 Wiesel" and her Modell at Naval Base Hohe Düne - Picture: Frank Zingler
"S79 Wiesel" passing Rendsburg - Picture: Tino Kunzmann
"S72 Puma" also Stripped - Picture: Tino Kunzmann
At Dusk the Passing Place Landwehr is Passed - Picture: Tino Kunzmann
On 08.10.2015 the widely stripped boats left in the morning in order to sail to their homeport Hohe Düne via the NOK, where they secured on 09.10.2015 just after 02.00. Now the two boats are being prepaired for their decommissioning on 14.12.2015.
"S80 Hyäne" during her UNIFIL-employment carried out seafaring maneouvers and firing exercises eith the French destroyer "Montcalm". Subsequent to the terror-attack at Paris on 13. November the S-Boats-Crew expressed their solidarity with their French comrades.i
The Crew of "S80 Hyäne" - Picture: PIZ Marine
On 3. Dezember 2015 a five-mounth deployment for UNIFIL ended for the crew of "S80 Hyäne". As replacement the crew of "S75 Hermelin" got into their footprints. The leader of the German Contingency at UNIFIL, Fregattenkapitän Johst, gave over the command of the boat from Kapitänleutnant Pauker to Korvettenkapitän Tesch.
Turning over the Command of "S80 Hyäne" - Picture: PIZ Marine
Teh Remains of the 7. S-Squadron in the Morninglight - Picture: Frank Zingler
On 14.12.2015 at 10.00 theh two boats "S79 Wiesel" and "S72 Puma" were decommissioned at Rostock-Warnemünde. The squadron commands only four boats from now on, which will be decommissioned on 16.11.2016.
"Lower Flag and Pennant" on "S79-Wiesel" - Picture: Frank Zingler
On 29. February 2016 the two boats "S73 Hermelin" and "S76 Frettchen" as well as Tender "Elbe" left harbour fora four-weeks Squadex and participation in the international exercise BALTOPS. During the Squadex inter alia the cities of Oslo and Göteborg were visitied. Seananship exercises and firing exercises and sailing in formations, fog navigation and towing and being towed were trained as well as tactical exercises were carried out. On 23.03.2016 the force returned into their homeport.
On 18.04.2016 "S80 Hyäne" returned to her homeport Hohe Düne after a more than 9 month lasting UNIFIL-deployment.
"S80 Hyäne" in the Kiel-Canal on 17.04.2016 - Picture: T. Kunzmann
Return of "S80 Hyäne" into her homeport on 18.04.2016 - Picture: T. Kunzmann
At 827. Hamburger Hafengeburtstag 2016 from 05. to 08. Mai 2016 the S-Boat sailed in the parade of traditional ships like e.g. the Ewer HF 213 from Finkenwerder, "Dar Mlodziezi", "Mir", "Kruzenshtern", "Alexander von Humboldt II", "Santa Maria Manuela", the vessels from the customs, police, DLRG, DGzRS and THW as well as Naval vessels, the British destroyer "Duncan" (D 37), four Danish Home-Defence-Cutters (MHV 904 "Lyø", MHV 903 "Hjortø", MHV 908 "Brigaden" and MHV 812 "Herkules") the Danish P-boat "Diana" (P 620) guided by Frigate "Brandenburg" (F 215) up Elbe-river to the harbour of Hamburg.
Frigate "Brandenburg", Flaggship of the Entry-Parade 2016 - Picture: Kalle Scheuch
Fish-Cutter "HF 231" from Finkenwerder - Picture: Kalle Scheuch
Destroyer "HMS Ducan" (D 37) - Foto: Kalle Scheuch
Boats "Lyø" (MHV 903) and "Hercules" (MHV 812) of the Danish Home-Defence - Picture: Kalle Scheuch
Patrolboat "HDMS Diana" (P 620) - Picture: Kalle Scheuch
S-boat "S73 Hermelin" (P 6123) - Picture: Kalle Scheuch
The last common undertaking of the remaining boats of the squadron wass the participation in Kieler Woche 2016. On 16.06.2016 the last four boats, "S73 Hermelin", "S74 Nerz", "S75 Zobel" and "S80 Hyäne" entered Naval Base Kiel.
The 7. S-Squad enters Kiel the last time - Picture: Tino Kunzmann
"S76 Frettchen" in front of Laboe - Picture: Tino Kunzmann
"S75 Zobel" - Picture: Tino Kunzmann
"S73 Hermelin" - Picture: Tino Kunzmann
"S80 Hyäne" - Picture: Tino Kunzmann
7. S-Gschw in its old Homeport - Picture: Frank Zingler
The last common event of the Squadron was the transfer of the boats to Hohe Düne for which the Einsatzflottille 1 had invited former flotilla- and squadron-commanders and commanding officers. The voyage was quite an experience for all participants with sailing in formations, firing of 76mm-guns and SMGs, mail-transfer and a real livesaving operation.
7. S-Squadron preparing for its Fare-Well-Vojage - Picture: Tino Kunzmann
SBoat-Formations - Picture: Tino Kunzmann
Hot Dog-Cloud - Picture: Tino Kunzmann
Entering Hohe Düne - Picture: Tino Kunzmann
The voyage was ended with a grilling in the officers-club before the guests were brought back to Kiel by bus.
The unrigged Boats "S 72 Puma", "S78 Ozelot" and "S79 Wiesel" - Picture: Volker Groth
On 02.07.2016 "S75 Zobel" took outside the plan part in the Warnemünder Week and undertook a voyage during this phase.
On 03.07.2016 the four boats "S73 Hermelin", "S75 Zobel", "S76 Frettchen" and "S80 Hyäne" left harbour twice with guests, the closest familymembers of the crews, for a trip in the Baltic.
"S80 Hyäne" leaving Warnemünde - Picture: Tino Kunzmann
"S75 Zobel" and "S76 Frettchen" leaving Warnemünde - Picture: Tino Kunzmann
"S76 Frettchen" off Warnemünde - Picture: Tino Kunzmann
"S75 Zobel" entering Warnemünde - Picture: Tino Kunzmann
Through these Moles never again a German S-Boat will sail - Picture: Frank Zingler
The four boats were taken out of readiness-for-sea on 04. July 2016 and the boats prepared for being taken out of service.
On the pier of the laid-up boats, "S72 Puma", "S78 Ozelot" and "S79 Wiesel" in the Navy Base Hohe Düne temporarily a new name for the squadron was displayed.
1. Ludolfgeschwader - Pivture: Frank Zingler
Remains of the 7. S-Geschwader on 21.07.2016 - Picture: Dr. Nik Sifferlinger
The 7. Schnellbootgeschwader was disbanded in a moving ceremony following a speech of VAdm Brinkmann, Acting Inspekteur, Flagofficer of the Fleet and the Supporting Forces, on 16.11.2016 at 11.00 lct., after the four last boats of the squadron, "S73 Hermelin", "S75 Zobel", "S76 Frettchen" snd "S80 Hyäne", were decommissioned.
The last four Boats at Kieler Brücke - Picture: K. Scheuch
Complements are reported to the Commander for the Decommissioning - Picture: T. Kunzmann
"S75 Zobel" and "S76 Frettchen" are decommission - Picture: T. Kunzmann
"S73 Hermelin" and "S80 Hyäne" are decommissioned - Picture: T. Kunzmann
Immediately the Name-Tags are removed - Picture: K. Scheuch
Marching in for the Decommissioning of the Squadron - Picture: T. Kunzmann
VAdm Brinkmann receives Report - Picture: T. Kunzmann
The Troop-Flag is rolled up - Picture: T. Kunzmann
With that the 100years era of "Schnellboote" in German Navies was ended.
German "Schnellboote" can today be seen in foreign navies and in German museums only.