FGS Siegburg - M1098
FGS Siegburg - M1098 seen inbound to the Port of Tyne (North East England) on 20th February 2009 - headed for Newcastle upon Tyne as part of a Mine Hunter Squadron courtesy visit to Newcastle upon Tyne.
Photographed from North Shields Ferry Landing.
This is a German Navy Type 352 Ensdorf class which is the former Type 343 Hameln class minesweepers that have been upgraded with the TROIKA PLUS system.
TROIKA PLUS: This system employs up to four remote controlled Seehund ("Seal") drones which perform the sweep. The drones are small unmanned boats that can simulate the acoustic and magnetic signatures of bigger ships to trigger mines. Their small size and special construction let them survive the effects of exploding mines unharmed.
Displacement: 650 tonnes
Length: 54.40 m
Beam: 9.20 m
Draft: 2.84 m
* 2 x MTU 16V 538 TB91 diesel engines, 2240 kW each
* 2 x Renk PLS 25 gearboxes
* 2 x propeller shafts driving controllable pitch propellers
Speed: 18 knots
* 2 x Bofors 40mm/L70 dual-purpose gun (to be upgraded to 2 Mauser MLG27 27 mm remote-controlled autocannons)
* FIM-92 Stinger surface-to-air missiles (MANPADS)
* Mine-laying capabilities (60 mines)