German Navy Orders Two Trials Support Ships

(Google Translation) – On July 22nd, 2021, the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use (BAAINBw) signed a contract with Fassmer GmbH & Co. KG for the procurement of new measuring boats for the Wehrtechnische Dienststelle (WTD) 71.

As a testing center for ships, naval weapons and maritime technology, WTD 71 has a total of nine ships with special capabilities to carry out its tasks. As a result of the procurement that has now been contractually initiated, the multi-purpose boats of the class 745 “Breitgrund” and “Mittelgrund” will be replaced after 32 years, as will the barrage test boat “Wilhelm Pullwer” of the class 741 after 55 years.

“The WTD 71 is looking forward to the new ships arriving in 2023 with their modern and contemporary equipment, which will then be the widely visible expression of defense investigations and tests in the Eckenförde Bay for the next 30 years”, says the responsible project manager Thomas Wallner von the WTD 71.

The two new ships “Measuring Boats Sea Trials Coast” are structurally identical, constructed according to civil standards and modified for the special requirements of defense tests.

The pursued concept of the multi-purpose boat makes it possible to adapt the equipment for the completion of the tasks easily, flexibly and individually to the respective order and test purpose and thus always create a targeted configuration of the capabilities of the boat.

In the future, the new measuring boats will, among other things, support the securing and recovery of torpedoes in the context of tests, the accompaniment of submarines during the shallow water tests, but also the use of autonomous underwater vehicles as well as diving missions in the context of defense investigations of diving devices and equipment.

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