Frankfurt am Main (A1412)
Spotted at Funchal, Madeira island.
Frankfurt am Main (A1412) is a Type 702 Berlin class replenishment ship. is a series of multi-product replenishment oilers, originally designed and built for service in the German Navy (Deutsche Marine). Besides the three ships built for German Navy, the design has been selected as the design for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a replacement for the two Protecteur class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessels currently operated by the RCN.
The Berlin class replenishment ships are the largest vessels of the German Navy. In German, this type of ship is called Einsatzgruppenversorger which can be translated as task force supplier though the official translation in English is combat support ship, or in military parlance, a replenishment oiler.
They are intended to support German naval units away from their home ports. The ships carry fuel, provisions, ammunition and other matériel and also provide medical services. The ships are named after German cities where German parliaments were placed.
The initial requirement of the German Navy was for two ships of this class, built by Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft. A third unit was built by a consortium of several German shipyards and was launched in 2011. On 13 September 2013, Bonn was commissioned into service by the German Navy in Wilhelmshaven.
MLG 27 on board the Berlin
Builder: Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft, Flensburg, Germany
Power Plant: 2 × MAN Diesel 12V 32/40 diesel-engines, 5,340 kW each; 2 reduction gears, 2 controllable pitch four-bladed propellers, 1 bow thruster
Length: 173.7 m (569 ft 11 in)
Beam: 24 m (78 ft 9 in)
Displacement: 20,240 tonnes
Capacity: 9330 tonnes of fuel oil, aviation fuel and fresh water
Cargo space: 550 tonnes mixed cargo
Speed: 20 kn (37 km/h)
Aircraft: 2 × Sea King or MH90 helicopters
Armament: 4 × MLG 27 mm autocannons, Stinger surface to air missile (MANPADS),
Crew: 139 (+ 94), plus hospital capacity of 43 patients