The German Navy's five remaining Type 148 guided-missile patrol boats have been sold to Egypt, along with the Type 760 ammunition transport Odenwald and the Type 701E underway replenishment ship Glucksburg. The first of the missile boats to be handed over, the former Alk, departed German waters on 20 July aboard a heavy-lift ship, and the others were to be transferred on their decommissioning on 16 December of this year. Pictured here is the Dommel, during a farewell cruise to France in mid-September with sisters Fuchs, Lowe, and Weihe. The Weihe—along with the Alk—was built at Cherbourg by CMN, which shared construction of the 20 craft of the class with Friedrich Lurssen Werft in Germany during the early 1970s. The ammunition transport and underway replenishment ship are the first of their types in Egyptian service, and the missile boats are replacing mostly newer Chinese, Russian, Egyptian, and British-built craft. In recent years, most of the ships and craft retired from the German Navy have found new homes in such diverse countries as Georgia, Greece, Turkey, Chile, and Colombia.
By A. D. Baker III