Berlin-class Replenishment Vessel

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Bundesmarine fleet replenishment vessel BMS Frankfurt-am-Main (A1412) photographed on March 12th, 2012 by Brian Burnell outward bound from Portsmouth Naval Base, UK, after a short visit.

The Type 702 Berlin-class replenishment ship is a series of multi-product replenishment oilers, originally designed and built for service in the Bundesmarine (Federal Navy). Besides the four ships built for German Federal Navy, is one of three competing designs and to replace the Endeavour-class replenishment vessels in the Royal New Zealand Navy.

The Berlin-class replenishment ships are the largest vessels of the Bundesmarine. In German, this type of ship is called Einsatzgruppenversorger which can be translated as task force supplier though the official translation in English is combat support ship, or in military parlance, a replenishment oiler.

They are intended to support German naval units away from their home ports. The ships carry fuel, provisions, ammunition and other matériel and also provide medical services. The ships are named after German cities where German parliaments were placed.

Specifications[edit | edit source]

  • Type: Replenishment Vessel
  • Service Period: 2001-Present
  • Characteristics
    • Length: 569 feet 11 inches (173.71 meters)
    • Beam: 78 feet 9 inches (24 meters)
    • Height: 57 feet 5 inches (17.5 meters)
    • Draft: 24 feet 11 inches (7.6 meters)
    • Displacement: 22,311 tons
  • Capacity: 10,285 tons of fuel oil, aviation fuel and fresh water
  • Cargo Space: 606 tons of mixed cargo
  • Crew: 233
  • Propulsion: 2 × MAN Diesel 12V 32/40 diesel-engines, 5,340 kW each; 2 reduction gears, 2 controllable pitch four-bladed propellers, 1 bow thruster
  • Speed: 20 knots (37.04 km/hr)
  • Armament
    • 2 x Mauser MLG-27 27mm autocannons
    • Stinger SAMs
  • Aircraft Carried: 2 x SH-3 Sea Kings or 2 x NH-90s

Unit Run[edit | edit source]

Bundesmarine[edit | edit source]

  • BMS Berlin (A1411)
  • BMS Frankfurt am Main (A1412)
  • BMS Bonn (A1413)
  • BMS Dresden (A1414)