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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

PHOTO GALLERY #18: U36, submarine of the German Navy

U36, submarine of the German Navy
The following photos were taken during my visit to Kiel, on 16th of June, the first Saturday of the 136th Kiel Week. The Kiel Week (German: Kieler Woche) or Kiel Regatta is an annual sailing event in Kiel, the capital of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is the largest sailing event in the world, and also one of the largest Volksfeste in Germany, attracting millions of people every year from all over Germany and neighboring countries. The first weekend of the Kiel Week, the famous Naval Base of Kiel, opens its gates for just four hours per day, for thousands of tourists who are eager to visit the German Navy warships and dozens of foreign warships which visit the city of Kiel, to honor the Kiel Week. Note that, the majority of the visiting warships had returned from the NATO BALTOPS (Baltic Operations) Exercise, an annual joint, multinational maritime-focused exercise. It is designed to improve training value for participants enhance flexibility and interoperability, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces in defending the Baltic Sea region. One of the boats were present that weekend, was one of the only two operational submarines of the German Navy today, the last of its German Type 212 class, the submarine U36. Type 212 class is a highly advanced design of non-nuclear submarine developed by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG (HDW) for the German and Italian navies. It features diesel propulsion and an additional air-independent propulsion (AIP) system using Siemens proton exchange membrane (PEM) compressed hydrogen fuel cells. The submarines of the class can operate at high speed on diesel power or switch to the AIP system for silent slow cruising, staying submerged for up to three weeks without surfacing and with little exhaust heat. Type 212 is the first fuel cell propulsion system equipped submarine series. The U36 was laid down in August 2008 by Howaldtswerke, Kiel, launched in February 2013 and commissioned on 10 October 2016. She is under the patronage of the town of Plauen, in Saxony. Enjoy some photos from my visit!

U36 anchored in Kiel
Sail and hoistable devices
Hoistable devices


Close-up photo of the sail

View of the U36 from the bow




The boat's bow




Another view of the boat as seen from the bow










The 1,500t submarine with its hatch opened

U36's bow



The sail houses periscopes, communication antennas, radar, electronic support measures
(ESM) mast and snorkel mast

Photo of the sail
Photo of the sail



Close-up photo of the hoistable devices
Close-up photo of the hoistable devices
Photo of the sail
Photo of the sail










A model of the class was placed at the front of the boat
The X-form rudder of U36
The aft section of the submarine







The aft section of the submarine

View of the sail with an opened hatch
The U36 as seen from another warship

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