Rommel (D187)

Rommel alongside the battleship USS Iowa during NATO exercises in 1986. US Navy photo, in the collections of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1967
Launched
1969
Commissioned
1970
Decommissioned
1998
AD/BC
AD
History

Rommel (D187) was a Lütjens-class guided missile destroyer, laid down in 1967, and commissioned on 2 May, 1970. Rommel operated with the 1st Destroyer Squadron for her entire career. Her main anti-air weapon was the RIM-24 Tartar surface-to-air missile, and she also carried an 8-cell launcher for RUR-5 antisubmarine rocket. The rest of her armament was typical for the 1960s, with a pair of 127mm (5") guns, autocannons, and six Mark 13 torpedo tubes. She was decommissioned on 30 September, 1998, after her boilers passed their life expectancy. Since it was not considered cost efficient to refit Rommel, she was cannibalized for spare parts until 2004, when her hull was scrapped in Turkey.

Bonus Information

Fun Fact: Rommel was christened by her namesakes' widow.