The Federal German Ship MÖLDERS is one of three CHARLES F. ADAMS - class guided missile destroyers built for the former West German Navy. Since US-built ships for foreign Navies usually also get a hull number within the class to which they belong, the MÖLDERS got the US hull number DDG 29. The three German ships also received several modifications compared to their US counterparts.
FGS MÖLDERS was homeported in Kiel, Germany, and was a frequent participant of NATO Fleets like STANAVFORLANT and STANAVFORMED. Today, she is preserved at the German Naval Museum in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, (photo above) and is open to the public. Click here for a photo tour of the preserved MÖLDERS.
|General Characteristics:||Keel laid: April 12, 1966|
|Launched: April 13, 1968|
|Commissioned: September 20, 1969|
|Decommissioned: May 28, 2003|
|Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine|
|Propulsion system:4 - 1200 psi boilers; 2 geared turbines|
|Length: 437 feet (133.2 meters)|
|Beam: 47 feet (14.3 meters)|
|Draft: 20 feet (6.1 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 4,500 tons|
|Speed: 31+ knots|
|Armament: two Mk 42 5-inch/54 caliber guns, |
|Crew: 24 officers and 330 enlisted|
FGS MÖLDERS Image Gallery
The photos below were taken by me when the MÖLDERS was in Kiel, Germany, during the Kiel Week 2001 on June 16, 2001.
FGS MÖLDERS was a slightly modified CHARLES F. ADAMS - class guided missile destroyer once built for the former West German Navy. After more than 33 years of service the ship was decommissioned on May 28, 2003, and today she's preserved at the German Naval Museum in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The photos below were taken by me on March 27, 2007, during a visit aboard the MÖLDERS.
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