Emden (F210)

Emden at sea with NATO forces on 13 July, 2009. US Navy photo.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1980
Launched
1980
Commissioned
1983
Decommissioned
2013
AD/BC
AD
History

Laid down on 23 June, 1980, the Bremen-class frigate Emden (F210) was the fifth German ship to carry the name. She commissioned 7 October, 1983, and spent the next thirty years alternating between NATO or UN deployments and patrols for the Fatherland. She was in action against pirates off the Horn of Africa in 2008 and 2010, Emden mounted a 76mm (3") gun on her foredeck, in addition to her four smaller rapid fire guns, and Sea Sparrow and Harpoon missiles. Four torpedo tubes were mounted for anti-submarine warfare. Two Sea Lynx helicopters could be carried aboard. Emden was taken out of service on 15 June, 2013, and formally decommissioned on 29 November.