Deutsche Marine schnellboots visit London


After a very quiet start to the year things have really picked up now in terms of naval vessels visiting London as this weekend is the turn of the German Navy to make a port call.

S76 Frettchen P6126 (2) @ Gallions Reach 08-05-15

We were fortunate to receive a visit from the 7th Fast Patrol Boat Squadron that operate the Type 143A Gepard class Fast Attack Craft.

7th Fast Patrol Boat Squadron (3) @ West India Dock 10-05-15

S76 Frettchen P6126 (7) @ Gallions Reach 08-05-15

These vessels can reach speeds of around 40 kts and pack a heavy punch with a quad anti-ship missile launcher, a 21 shot anti-air missile launcher and a 76mm gun.

Otobreda 76 mm gun on FGS S80 Hyäne P6130 (1) @ West India Dock 10-05-15

Missiles on S76 Frettchen P6126 (1w) @ Gallions Reach 08-05-15

The standard practice for deployments is to have an accompanying supply / support ship and on this occasion the Elbe-class replenishment ship FGS Werra was fulfilling the role.

FGS Werra A514 (1) @ Gallions Reach 10-05-15

The flotilla had taken part in the Joint Warrior exercises held off Scotland in April and had then transitted around the UK making calls at Cork and Portsmouth before heading to London on their way back to their home port – this is a similar deployment to that of the Minesweeper squadron that visited last year.

S76 Frettchen P6126 (8) @ Gallions Reach 08-05-15

The first part of the flotilla sailed up the Thames and headed to their moorings in West India Docks in the very early hours of 8th May with the final three Fast Attack Craft arriving on the afternoon tide.

S79 Wiesel P6129 (6) @ Gallions Reach 08-05-15

A few more pictures can be seen here.

Not quite sure whether this is some form of towed decoy or practice target but was noted stowed in the rear of FGS Werra.

Sharks on FGS Werra A514 (1) @ West India Dock 10-05-15

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