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German Navy - Guided Missile Destroyer
D 185 FGS Lütjens
 
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Type, class: Guided Missile Destroyer / DDG; Lütjens (modified US Charles F. Adams) class
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, USA
 
STATUS:
Laid down: March 1, 1966
Launched: August 11, 1967
Commissioned: March 22, 1969
Decommissioned: December 18, 2003
  Fate: sold for scrap / scrapped in 2012 in Aliaga, Turkey
 

Namesake: Admiral Johann Günther Lütjens (1889-1941)
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Technical Data: see INFO > Lütjens class Guided Missile Destroyer / DDG
 

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FGS Lütjens, left

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Admiral Johann G. Lütjens (1889 - 1941):

Johann Günther Lütjens (25 May 1889 - 27 May 1941) was a German Admiral whose military service spanned more than 30 years. He received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes) during World War II, awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership, for his leadership during Operation Weserübung, the German invasion of Denmark and Norway.

Lütjens joined the German Imperial Navy (Kaiserliche Marine) in 1907, and after his basic military training, served on a number of torpedo boats during World War I initially as a watch officer and later as a commander of a torpedo boat and chief a demi flotilla fighting the French and British Royal Navy along the Flemish coast.

In May 1941, Lütjens on board of battleship Bismarck commanded the German task force Bismarck and her consort, Prinz Eugen, during the Operation Rheinübung. Bismarck and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen were to break out of their base in German occupied Poland and attack British merchant shipping lanes in the Atlantic Ocean. The task force's first major engagement was the Battle of the Denmark Strait which resulted in the sinking of HMS Hood and the separation of the task force. Less than a week later, on 27 May, Lütjens and most of Bismarck's crew lost their lives during Bismarck's last battle.

Promotions:
3 April 1907: Seekadett (Midshipman)
21 April 1908: Fähnrich zur See (Officer Cadet)
28 September 1910: Leutnant zur See (Second Lieutenant)
27 September 1913: Oberleutnant zur See (First Lieutenant)
24 May 1917: Kapitänleutnant (Captain Lieutenant)
1 April 1926: Korvettenkapitän (Corvette Captain)
1 October 1931: Fregattenkapitän (Frigate Captain)
1 July 1933: Kapitän zur See (Captain at Sea)
1 October 1937: Konteradmiral (Counter Admiral)
1 January 1940: Vizeadmiral (Vice Admiral)
1 September 1940: Admiral (Admiral) 

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