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FGS Mölders (D 186)

- decommissioned -

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
Propellers: two
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, Mk 46 torpedoes from two Mk-32 triple mounts, one Mk 16 ASROC Missile Launcher, one Mk 13 Mod.0 Missile Launcher for Standard (MR) and Harpoon Missiles, two Rolling Airframe Missile Systems (RAM)
Crew: 24 officers and 330 enlisted

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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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