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German destroyer Rommel (D187)
German destroyer Rommel (D 187) passing USS Iowa (BB-61) in the Atlantic Ocean on 1 September 1986 (6423053)
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Name: Rommel
Namesake: Erwin Rommel
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Laid down: 22 August 1967
Launched: 1 February 1969
Commissioned: 2 May 1970
Decommissioned: 30 September 1998
Struck: 30 June 1999
Homeport: Kiel
Fate: Scrapped, 2004
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Lütjens-class destroyer
Displacement: 4,460 t (4,390 long tons)
Length: 134 m (440 ft)
Beam: 14 m (46 ft)
Draft: 6.4 m (21 ft)
Propulsion: 4 × high pressure superheated steam boilers
2 × turbines
70,000 PS (51,000 kW)
Speed: 33 knots (61 km/h; 38 mph)
Complement: 337 officers and men

D187 Rommel was a guided missile destroyer of the Bundesmarine (West German Navy) and later the Deutsche Marine (Navy of reunited Germany). It was the third and last ship of the Lütjens class, a modification of the Charles F. Adams class.

The Rommel was laid down August 22, 1967, by Bath Iron Works of Bath, Maine with the hull number DDG-30. She was launched on February 1, 1969, and christened the Rommel by Lucie Maria Rommel, widow of Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel. The vessel was commissioned on May 2, 1970, and was added to the 1. Zerstörergeschwader (first destroyer squadron), based in Kiel. She operated for 28 years.

On September 30, 1998, she was decommissioned. The operating licence for the boilers had expired and it was not considered efficient to refit her. She was towed to Wilhelmshaven to be cannibalised for spare parts to support her two sister ships, the Lütjens and the Mölders. These two vessels continued to serve for five more years. In 2004 the hull of the Rommel was scrapped for metal in Turkey.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "D187 Zerstörer Rommel WebPage". zerstoerer-rommel.de. http://zerstoerer-rommel.de/. Retrieved 2009-10-09. 


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