Germany has begun building its 1st Type 707 replenishment tanker ship, which would be operated by the country’s naval forces.
A steel-cutting ceremony was organised on 29th June in Papenburg, northwestern Germany, which marked the official start of the construction of the first of the two Type 707 replenishment tankers for the German Navy.
These ships will be launched in 2025 and will replace the Rhon-class units. They are being built jointly by NVL Group, Bremen and Meyer Werft shipyard.
German Armed Forces official Annette Lehnigk-Emden said, “We are ensuring the sustainability of our maritime Task Forces by supplying military fuel on the high seas while at the same time meeting current environmental protection standards and, above all, making a significant contribution to both national and allied defences,”
Meyer Werft Neptum will oversee the vessel’s construction, while NVL Group is responsible for project management, naval-specific parts and deployment systems.
Germany’s 1st Type 707 replenishment tanker is being constructed for offshore fuel supply, allowing extended deployment time of the service vessels.
The tanker will be 173 m long with a total displacement of 20,000 tons and can refuel two ships at a time. It can accommodate a 42-member crew and has a cargo tank capacity of 12,000 m3.
Also, it is designed to offer higher speed than other replenishment tankers to match the naval frigates. Per a 2019 Naval News Report, the Type 707 tanker can sail at 20 knots per hour.
“This rigorous design phase also clearly shows that the replenishment oilers are not simple tankers but specialised naval vessels with numerous respective military requirements,” NVL Group chief executive Tim Wagner said.
References: The Defense Post, Defence Industry Europe
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