M1064 Grömitz, already equipped with the MLG 27
|Preceded by||Hameln-class minesweeper|
|Length||54.4 m (178 ft)|
|Beam||9.2 m (30 ft)|
|Draft||2.6 m (8 ft 6 in)|
|Speed||18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)|
|Sensors and |
|Electronic warfare |
The Type 332 Frankenthal-class minehunter is a class of German minehunters. The ships are built of non-magnetic steel. Hull, machinery and superstructure of this class is similar to the original Type 343 Hameln-class minesweeper, but the equipment differs.
Slightly modified Frankenthal-class minehunters are also operated by the Turkish Navy, where they are referred to as the A class. In the beginning of 2019, the Indonesian Navy ordered two minehunters based on a modified Frankenthal-class with a length of 62 metres.
All active German ships are currently stationed in Kiel at the Baltic Sea. M1058, M1059, M1062, M1065 and M1069 are part of the 3. Minensuchgeschwader (3. mine sweeper squadron). The others belong to 5. Minensuchgeschwader. M1060 Weiden was sold to United Arab Emirates in 2006. As the German Navy closed the naval base at Olpenitz, all ships were relocated to Kiel and their squadrons incorporated into the Einsatzflottille 1 (Flotilla 1).
|M1066||Frankenthal||DREY||Lürssen||16 December 1992||Sold to UAE (now M02 Al Murjan)|
|M1060||Weiden||DRES||Abeking & Rasmussen||3 March 1993||Sold to UAE (now M01 Al Hasbah)|
|M1061||Rottweil||DRET||Krögerwerft||7 July 1993||Refitted to be used with the SEK-M|
|M1063||Bad Bevensen||DREV||Lürssen||9 December 1993|
|M1067||Bad Rappenau||DREZ||Abeking & Rasmussen||19 April 1994||Refitted to be used with the SEK-M|
|M1064||Grömitz||DREW||Krögerwerft||23 August 1994|
|M1068||Datteln||DRFA||Lürssen||8 December 1994|
|M1065||Dillingen||DREX||Abeking & Rasmussen||25 April 1995|
|M1069||Homburg||DRFB||Krögerwerft||26 September 1995|
|M1062||Sulzbach-Rosenberg||DREU||Lürssen||23 January 1996|
|M1058||Fulda||DRFC||5 June 1998|
|M1059||Weilheim||DRFD||26 November 1998|
On 21 February 2007, Grömitz ran onto a reef in the Floro fjord while on tour in western Norway and remained stranded in a spectacular way until being salvaged.
In October 2018, the Iranian-backed Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah released a video which included images that confirmed it sank one of the UAE Navy's Frankenthal class mine-countermeasures vessels in July 2017 in Al-Mukha. The video identified the vessel as Al-Qasnah and said it was attacked on 29 July 2017, which corresponds to a claim it made at the time that it had attacked an Emirati warship with a "suitable weapon".
M1063 Bad Bevensen at the Kiel Week 2007