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Surplus warships: German subs for sale
« on: September 17, 2010, 10:33:19 AM »

2 U-206a for sale?

Well-informed Newspapers Berlin maintains that the two most efficient, situated in the best condition the German submarine U-206a will be offered for sale.

June 1, 2010 the German navy - Deutsche Marine decided earlier than originally planned referral retired six remaining in the service of U-206a, conventional units, equipped with electric power plants dieslowsko (more - Germany withdrew six submarines , 08-06-2010) .

U-206a now have over 35 years. It was assumed that they move gradually from the line in 2011-2015. Now - now irrevocably - the rate of one copy per month, they will be put into retirement by the end of 2010. In December, collapse is a decision which the units withdrawn from all six are listed on the exchange of cheap, second-hand submarines. It is worth noting that even in the spring of 2010 a U-206a served as a combat patrol an active participant in the NATO operation - Active Endeavour in the Mediterranean basin.

35-year old diesel sub 1, US Navy aircraft carrier 0, US nuke sub crews sweat, admiral fumes
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Re: Surplus warships: German subs for sale
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2010, 02:24:31 PM »
Crap! That's the Big E in the cross hairs!!

I can see Silent Hunter players salivating over such a catch. 93,000 tons baby!!! Gonna fly the broom stick!!!
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Re: Surplus warships: German subs for sale
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2010, 11:41:08 PM »
Decommission is not neccesary for sale

The German Navy abruptly decommissioned more than half of its submarine fleet on June 1, well ahead of the planned 2016 retirement of the six 500-ton U-206A-class diesel submarines.

Now the German sub fleet consists of four U-212A-class vessels. The 1,830-ton boats, among the world's most modern conventional submarines, have a new hybrid drive with a fuel cell that allows them to operate fully submerged for several weeks.

All four were commissioned between 2005 and 2007; the Navy is expecting the delivery of two more slightly modified U-212A-class subs by 2012 or 2013.

"At the moment, we expect their operational readiness not later than 2015," a German Navy spokesman said.

The spokesman did not say whether the decommissioning was related to recently announced government plans to cut defense spending.

The newspaper Kieler Nachrichten said the decommissioning of the U-206As has dropped Germany from second to sixth place among nations that operate non-nuclear submarines.

Between 1973 and 1975, Germany commissioned 18 U-206-class submarines. In the early 1990s, the service modernized 12 of them to the U-206 A standard, when they were the smallest operating armed submarines in the world, according to Navy officials.

The crews of the decommissioned boats will be retrained to serve on the U-212A subs.

"Until now, every crew was assigned to its own boat, but we will change this to a two-crew concept," the spokesman said.

That way, the submarines themselves can remain longer in an operational area while only their crews will have to be changed. Germany's planned F125 frigates also will use this approach.


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Re: Surplus warships: German subs for sale
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2010, 09:50:07 AM »
the Type 206A subs are very interesting. it may not be as big and as modern (i.e., equipped with anti-ship missiles) as the Russian Kilos, French Scorpenes, and German Type 209s and Type 214s but the Type 206As might just be the kind of subs that would be perfect for the PN should the need to acquire submarines arise.
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