Tuesday 31 March 2020

PHOTO GALLERY #32: Bonn, replenishment ship of the German Navy

Bonn, replenishment ship of the German Navy
This is the ninth photo gallery from my visit to Kiel in 2019, on the first weekend of the 137th Kiel Week. The Kiel Week (German: Kieler Woche) or Kiel Regatta is an annual sailing event in Kiel, the capital of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. 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. Among the German ships moored at the Base, was the final vessel in the giant Berlin-class replenishment ships, Bonn (A1413), a ship that was commissioned in 2013. Her sisters are Berlin and Frankfurt am Main; both have a rear mast and until some years ago they lack of the Thales Variant radar. Berlins are combat support ships which serve the logistical and medical support of mixed task forces. They are the largest ships of the German Navy and named after cities in which German parliaments were or are based. In Canada , the design of the Berlin class was selected in a competition on June 2, 2013 for the two new "Joint Support Ships" ( Protecteur (II) class) of the Royal Canadian Navy. Her length is almost 174m, the beam 24m, while the displacement reaches the 21,000t at full load. Berlin class's capacity is 9,330 tonnes in total, consisting of fuel oil (7,600), aviation fuel (490), fresh water, ammunition, consumer goods and others. There are 84 container parking spaces on board. The ships of the class can take care of the disposal of waste water and waste from the supplied units. The flight deck is quite large while the hangar can accommodate two 10t helicopters, Sea King or NH90, which are used to transport people and materials. The flight deck also allows the use of even larger helicopters. For self-defense, the ship is armed with four (4) Rheinmetall MLG 27 remote weapon 27mm gun systems, Stinger MANPADS and a variety of machine guns. The ships can be equipped with a so-called Naval Rescue Center (MERZ) for medical support as a hospital ship. The MERZ system consists of a network of 26 ISO special containers , which form a two-story deck house and are connected to the on-board supply network. The containers contain examination rooms, operating rooms, diagnostic and therapeutic facilities and laboratories. A bed station below deck instead of a hold is designed for the care of 45 patients. The ships are equipped also with two big cranes, each 22 t lifting load. The crew is about 150 people. Enjoy the photos!

Bonn, moored at Tirpitz quay, Kiel Naval Base
Bonn, moored at Tirpitz quay, Kiel Naval Base
View of the huge bow
The big cranes of Bonn
View of the superstructure
The two cranes with communication equipment installed atop
Each Berlin-class can carry numerous containers on board

Note that on the mast there are two MSP 600 electro-optical systems.
Berlin and Frankfurt am Main have only one.
View of a crane
The refueling (twin) station
View of the mast with the Variant (with integrated Scout LPI radar) and Raytheon radars

View of the Kiel Naval Base and some of the visiting ships
View of the Kiel Naval Base and some of the visiting ships
In the background, HMS Albion, the flagship of the Royal Navy.
Note the one of the mounts for M2HB machine gun
Another view of the Kiel Naval Base
The refueling station
The refueling station
Norwegian and Spanish frigate alongside
The interior of the huge bridge
The interior of the huge bridge with numerous consoles
Weapon stations for MLG 27 guns
Navigation radar and ECDIS displays
Console for the propulsion system
View of the free deck from the bridge
The large flight deck

One of the MLG 27 RWS
The flight deck and the large hangar that can accommodate two 10t helicopters
In the hanger, the artist Olaf Rahardt was exhibiting his works
Modern and historical ships of the German Navy are depicted in his paintings
Really great artworks which you could buy for 60 euros
Panzerschiff Admiral Graf Spee
Submarine after a successful mission
On the flight deck there was a canteen and a small shop
People enjoying the sunny day with a fresh beer!

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