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Type 206 / 206A class Submarine

 

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Units:

 

unit

commissioned

converted to 206A

decommissioned

fate

 

S 192 FGS U13

April 19, 1973

-

March 26, 1997

scrapped

 

S 193 FGS U14

April 19, 1973

-

March 26, 1997

scrapped

 

S 194 FGS U15

July 17, 1974

11/1989 - 08/1991

December 14, 2010

laid up

 

S 195 FGS U16

November 9, 1973

03/1988 - 11/1989

March 31, 2011

to Colombia for spare parts

 

S 196 FGS U17

November 28, 1973

09/1989 - 05/1991

December 14, 2010

 

 

S 197 FGS U18

December 19, 1973

04/1990 - 12/1991

March 31, 2011

to Colombia for spare parts

 

S 198 FGS U19

November 9, 1973

-

August 23, 1998

scrapped

 

S 199 FGS U20

May 24, 1974

-

September 26, 1996

scrapped

 

S 170 FGS U21

August 16, 1974

-

June 3, 1998

scrapped

 

S 171 FGS U22

July 26, 1974

01/1989 - 09/1990

December 18, 2008

sold for scrap (Turkey)

 

S 172 FGS U23

May 2, 1975

08/1987 - 09/1989

March 31, 2011

to Colombia / renamed ARC Intrepido

 

S 173 FGS U24

October 16, 1974

07/1989 - 03/1991

March 31, 2011

to Colombia / renamed ARC Indomable

 

S 174 FGS U25

June 14, 1974

08/1988 - 06/1990

January 31, 2008

 

 

S 175 FGS U26

March 13, 1975

07/1990 - 02/1992

November 9, 2005

scrapped (Netherlands)

 

S 176 FGS U27

October 16, 1974

-

June 13, 1996

scrapped

 

S 177 FGS U28

December 18, 1974

04/1989 - 12/1990

June 30, 2004

scrapped (Netherlands)

 

S 178 FGS U29

November 27, 1974

06/1987 - 07/1989

December 31, 2006

sold for scrap (Turkey)

 

S 179 FGS U30

March 13, 1975

05/1988 - 01/1990

January 31, 2007

scrapped (Netherlands)

 

 

 

NOTES:

 

The Type 206 is a class of diesel-electric submarines (U-boats) developed by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW). Its design is based on the preceding Type 205 submarine class. These small and agile submarines were built during the Cold War to operate in the shallow Baltic Sea and attack Warsaw Pact shipping if the war turned hot. The pressure hulls were built out of non-magnetic steel to counter the threat of magnetic naval mines and make detection with MAD sensors more difficult. The low emission profile allowed the submarines in exercises to intrude even into well protected opposing forces such as carrier formations with their screen.


Programme:

Ten Type 205 submarines were constructed between 1962 and 1968 with hulls constructed of a new non-magnetic steel. The early boats, however, suffered from cracking due to stress corrosion and an urgent programme was initiated to develop a new steel which overcame these problems, which received much publicity at the time. The new high-strength, non-magnetic, austenitic steel has greater elasticity and good dynamic strength, and has proved very satisfactory in service, thoroughly overcoming the doubts that were raised by those early problems, although it has never been selected by IKL's many export customers and thus remains unique to German Navy submarines. Subsequently, the Type 206 was designed by IKL in 1964-65 and a production order was placed on 7 June 1969 for eight from HDW in Kiel and ten from Nordseewerke in Emden.


Modernisation:

A major mid-life modernisation was conducted on twelve of these submarines, the boats concerned now being officially designated Type 206A. The work started in mid-1987 and completed in February 1992, being carried out by Nordseewerke, Emden; this upgrade includes:

The STN Atlas DBQS-21D sonar has been fitted, together with new periscopes, and a new weapon control system (LEWA). The ESM system has been replaced and GPS navigation installed. The rebuilt submarines are armed with new torpedoes (DM2A3 Seehecht), and the propulsion system has been comprehensively refurbished, and improvements have been made to the accommodation.

 

 

The Colombian Navy has purchased 4 decommissioned Type 206A submarines to boost its submarine force. Both submarines (ex-U-23 and ex-U-24) were commissioned into the Colombian Navy on 28 August 2012. Two more submarines (ex-U-16 and ex-U-18) will be used for spare parts.

 

BUILDERS:

Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft (HDW), Kiel, Germany = U13, U15, U17, U19, U21, U25, U27, U29

Thyssen Nordseewerke, Emden, Germany = U14, U16, U18, U20, U22, U23, U24, U26, U28, U30

 

 

 

Specifications:

 

Displacement:

450 tons (surfaced) / 500 tons (submerged)

 

Length:

48,6 meters

 

Beam:

4,6 meters

 

Draft:

4,5 meters (surfaced)

 

Speed:

10 knots (19 km/h) surfaced / 17 knots (31 km/h) submerged

 

Propulsion:

DIESEL-ELECTRIC

2 x MTU 12V493 4-stroke diesel engines (2 x 600 hp) each coupled with an Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) generator

1 x electric motor (1800 hp)

1 shaft / 1 propeller (5 blades - 206 / 7 blades -206A)

 

Range:

4500 NM (8300 km) at 5 knots (9 km/h) surfaced / 280 NM (520 km) at 4 knots (7 km/h) submerged

 

Crew:

23

 

Armament:

8 x 533mm torpedo tubes for DM2A1 Seeaal (206) or DM2A3 Seehecht (206A) torpedoes

24 naval mines can be carried externally

 

 

 

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