Military Pay Military Ranks Aircraft Tanks and Vehicles Small Arms Navy Ships

FGS Schleswig-Holstein (D182)

Destroyer Warship

Naval Warfare / Ships

Design of the Schleswig-Holstein and her related class was centered around operations in the Baltic Sea.

Authored By: JR Potts, AUS 173d AB and Dan Alex | Last Edited: 6/27/2017 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
The Schleswig-Holstein (D182) a Hamburg class destroyer launched in 1960 and was the first (and only) German destroyer warship class to be built following the fighting of World War 2 (1939-1945). Post-war ship construction in Germany had been concentrated on commercial vessels for import and export markets before the arrival of the Schleswig-Holstein. This led the government to select local shipbuilder Stulcken Shipyard for the project - even though they held little experience in building naval-class warships.

The German Government needed destroyers to protect shipping lanes between the Baltic countries, lanes that had seen a noticeable increase in trade traffic but were also under threat from Soviet Navy meddling. The German Navy felt the primary requirements needed in their new class warship was to be armament and speed - operations in adverse weather was not considered since this destroyer was not expected to operate in the volatile waters of the North Sea.

Stulcken's plans lacked the modern upgrades common to American and British destroyers of the time. In fact, the Schleswig-Holstein resembled a destroyer more akin to a World War 2 design. On the positive side, the lack of incorporating modern components into the Schleswig-Holstein superstructure and weapons suite allowed for a fast-track construction schedule. Stulcken shipyard also built the Cologne-class frigates in the 1960's and the technical blueprints of both ship types were similar and both lacked advanced weaponry.

The German Navy wanted a heavy-gun armament so the weight of the steel had to be reduced somewhere on the ship. Sea keeping was chosen for the reduction by decreasing the height and weight of the steel free boards along the hull. This inevitably short-sighted decision allowed heavy seas to wash onto the decks of the Schleswig-Holstein in rough seas and it ultimately became obvious that the Schleswig-Holstein (D182) was a "top-heavy" design and showcased a large noticeable silhouette along the horizon. Her profile also made her somewhat ineffective in bad weather seas overall.

When her mission finally changed, the Schleswig-Holstein (D-182) and her sister ships became the German Navy's primary naval warship in the North Sea. Their lack of large free boards eventually slowed their sea-going progress and reduced the effectiveness as destroyers in heavy seas.

By the late 1970's, the Schleswig-Holstein needed a weapons upgrade to counter the anti-ship guided missiles being fielded by aircraft and ships of other countries. At this time, her designation was changed to Type 101A. To counter the anti-ship missile threat, the decision was made to mount two French Exocet anti-ship missile launchers. To accomplish this, room aboard was needed so one of the 100mm gun mounts was removed and the torpedo tubes were welded over. The Exocet revolving missile launchers were positioned aft behind the stack. The outdated Bofors guns were replaced with four of the new L70 Breda 40mm cannons in twin mountings instead. The radar was upgraded with the French F97 model while the and the operations center was modernized by increasing its size with new sonar stations. The Bridge had larger windows installed with larger side wings.

D182 was finally decommissioned in December 1994 and fell to the scrapman's torch in Spain. The Hamburg-class, as a whole, is no longer in service.


Ship Class [ Hamburg-class / Type 101-101A ]
Ships-in-Class [ 4 ] Ship Names: FGS Bremen (D181); FGS Schleswig-Holstein (D182); FGS Bayern (D183); FGS Hessen (D184)
National flag of Germany West Germany; Germany (unified)
- Blue Water Operations
- Fleet Support
- Hunter
- Direct-Attack
438.7 ft (133.72 m)
Width / Beam:
44 ft (13.41 m)
Height / Draught:
15.8 ft (4.82 m)
Displacement (Surface):
4,464 tons
4 x Wahodag boiler units feeding 2 x Steam turbines developing 72,000 horsepower and driving 2 x Shafts.
Speed (Surface):
35 kts (40 mph)
3,402 nm (3,915 miles; 6,301 km)
4 x 100mm /L55 caliber DCN turreted main deck guns.
4 x 40mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft (AA) guns in twin-gunned mountings.
2 x 375mm Bofors quadruple Anti-Submarine ROCket (ASROC) launchers.
2 x Depth charge racks (10 depth charge reloads).
4 x 533mm torpedo tubes
90 x Naval mines
2 x 20-barreled chaff launchers

3 x 100mm /L55 caliber DCN turreted main deck guns.
4 x 40mm Breda Mod 64 Anti-Aircraft (AA) guns in twin-gunned mountings.
2 x MM38 Exocet twin missile launchers.
2 x 375mm Bofors quadruple Anti-Submarine ROCket (ASROC) launchers.
2 x Depth charge racks (10 depth charge reloads).
4 x 533mm torpedo tubes
90 x Naval mines
2 x 20-barreled chaff launchers

Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Cookies
Military Ranks | Military Pay | Aircraft | Tanks & Vehicles | Small Arms | Navy Ships | American War Deaths | 5-Star Generals | Military Alphabet Code | DoD Terms | Convert Knots to Miles-per-Hour

The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT gmail.com.

Part of a network of sites that includes GlobalFirepower, a data-driven property used in ranking the top military powers of the world and WDMMA.org, the World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft.

Facebook Logo YouTube Logo

www.MilitaryFactory.com • All Rights Reserved • Content ©2003-