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Type 103 (103A) Lütjens class Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG)

type 103 lütjens class guided missile destroyer ddg charles f. adams german navy deutsche marine fgs rommel mölders
D 185
FGS Lütjens (1969-2003)
D 186
FGS Mölders
D 187
FGS Rommel

Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, USA
4720 tons (full load)
133,2 meters (437 feet) overall
Beam: 14,3 meters (46.11 ft)
Draft: 6,1 meters (20 ft)
Speed: 33 knots (61 km/h)
Range: 4500 NM (8300 km) at 20 knots (37 km/h)
Complement: 337

2 x
General Electric steam turbines / 4 x 1275 psi boilers
(70000 shp / 52 MW)
2 shafts, 2


1 x
Mk-13 missile launcher
(40 missile magazine) for a mix of
RIM-24 Tartar SAM (earlier)
RIM-66 Standard Missiles SM-1MR Block SAM (later)
RGM-84 Harpoon SSM

2 x
Mk-42/Mod.10 5"/54-caliber (127mm) guns
1 x
Mk-16 8-cell launching system for RUR-5 ASROC anti-submarine rockets
2 x
Mk-32 triple-torpedo-tubes for Mk-46 or DM4A1 torpedoes

2 x
Rheinmetall Rh202 20mm autocannons

2 x
Mk-49 missile launching system for RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) (added in the 1990's)


AN/SPS-40 2D air surveillance and early-warning radar, long-range
AN/SPS-67 sea surveillance radar, med-range
AN/SPS-52 3D air surveillance radar, long-range
2 x AN/SPG-51C Mk 74 fire-control radar
AN/SPQ-9 short range fire-control radar for surface and low flying targets
SPG-60 tracking and fire control radar (also radar illumination for the missiles)
Raytheon RP 1225 navigation radar
Atlas Elektronik DSQS-21B active/passive sonar
EADS FL1800 ESM suite
2 x SRBOC 6-cell chaff and flare launcher
1 x SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy
1 x EADS FL1800 ESM/ECM suite

The Type 103 Luetjens class was the last class of destroyers in service with the German Navy. Basically the ships were Charles F. Adams-class guided missile destroyers but with some modifications to meet German requirements:

Communication systems according to German standards. The Luetjens class had more aerials and a second mast mounted on the aft funnel, the large air surveillance radar was positioned further aft (above the funnel).

Different funnel design. This was necessary because of the new antennas and radar location. On the Luetjens the exhaust gases were emitted sideways with two pipes on the port and starboard side of each funnel.

New location of the sonar array: The Luetjens had its sonar dome located in a bulge directed forward in the bow and not under the bow to reduce the ship's draft.

Better crew accommodations.

The Luetjens class was upgraded to Type 103A in the 1970s with new digital fire-control computers and better missiles (RIM-66 Standard Missile) for the old RIM-24 Tartar missile system. The boilers were also converted to burn lighter oil for logistical reasons instead of the heavy fuel oil that needs to be preheated.

A second major refit began in the 1980s, with new fire control computers and radar for the guns.

In the 1990s, the ships in the class each received two RAM launchers and Chaff launchers.

With the decommissioning of Luetjens (D185) on December 18, 2003 the age of steam ended for the German Navy. Moelders (D186) became a Museum Ship at the German Navy Museum in Wilhelmshaven.



type 103 lütjens class guided missile destroyer ddg german navy d-185 fgs deutsche marine
D 185 FGS Lütjens

type 103 lütjens class guided missile destroyer ddg german navy d-186 fgs mölders deutsche marine
D 186 FGS Mölders

type 103 lütjens class guided missile destroyer ddg german navy d-187 fgs rommel deutsche marine
D 187 FGS Rommel

lutjens class type 103 guided missile destroyer armament mk-42 gun mk-32 torpedo tubes mk-16 asroc launcher mk-13 tartar standard missile launcher german navy

type 103 lütjens class guided missile destroyer ddg german navy deutsche marine drawing
   as built

type 103 lütjens class guided missile destroyer ddg german navy deutsche marine drawing 02
after refit

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