In November 2016, the German Navy retired its last remaining Type 143A guided missile patrol craft. The four decommissioned units, which include the Hermelin, Zobel, Hyäne and Frettchen (pictured here) were survivors of a ten-vessel class built by German shipyards during the early 1980s. Displacing 390 tons fully loaded, the 189-foot Type 143As were also known as the Gepard-class. These vessels were an evolution of the earlier Type 143 missile boats, but were fitted with more advanced armament than their predecessors. Carrying four Exocet anti-ship missiles, a three-inch gun, and a 21-round Mk-49 RAM surface-to-air missile launcher, they typically operated with a crew of 34 and were powered to a top speed of 36 knots by four MTU diesel engines. Initially expected to retire by 2007, all ten underwent significant refits by the early 2000s, extending their lives more than a decade. Two were retired in 2012 and four more by late 2015.