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FGS LÜTJENS (DDG-28 / D-185)

Displacement 4526 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 437' (oa) x 47' x 15' (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/54 RF (2x1), Tartar SAM (1x1 Mk 13) ASROC ASW (1x8), 6 x 12.75" Mk 32 ASW TT (2x3).
Machinery, 70,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 333-350.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath Me. on March 1 1966.
Launched August 11 1967.
Commissioned March 22 1969.
Built for the (Former West German) German Navy.
Decommissioned December 18 2003.

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Lütjens 23kAdmiral Günther Lütjens (25 May 1889 - 27 May 1941) was a German Naval commander during World War II, known primarily as the commander of Operation Rheinübung, the sortie led by the battleship Bismarck. Lütjens was among those who lost their lives, probably killed when a 14-inch salvo fired by HMS King George V destroyed the bridge, together with the central artillery control tower, killing many senior officers.-
Lütjens 65kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Lütjens 82kUndated, location unknown. Lütjens with the USS Iowa (BB- 61).Gerd Matthes
Lütjens 207kA series of 12 images of the Lütjens.Wolfgang Hechler
Lütjens 177kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Lütjens 139kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Lütjens 132kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Lütjens 144kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Lütjens 143kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Lütjens 185kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Lütjens 153kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Lütjens 216kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Lütjens 94kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Lütjens 176kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Lütjens 148kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Lütjens 155kFGS Lutjens (D 185) underway in 1969, location unknown. Federal German Navy, Official.Robert Hurst
Lütjens 191kFGS Lutjens (D 185) underway in 1970, location unknown. Federal German Navy, Official.Robert Hurst
Lütjens 87kPort Au Prince, Haiti, July 1975© Richard Leonhardt
Lütjens 55kCirca 1984 alongside the MoldersJorg Bihlmayr
Lütjens 59kThe Rommel (D-187), Lütjens (D-185) and Molders (D-186) shortly before the Rommel was decommissioned.Jörg Bihlmayr
Lütjens 54kLütjens after her refit with RAMJörg Bihlmayr
Lütjens 64kSeptember 12 1988, North Atlantic, a starboard beam view of the West German frigate FGS Lütjens (D-185), foreground, and the West German frigate FGS Niedersachsen (F-208) underway during exercise Team Work `88.Fred Weiss
Lütjens 47kSeptember 12 1988, North Atlantic, a starboard bow view of the West German destroyer FGS Lütjens (D-185) underway alongside the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CV-59) during exercise Team Work `88.Fred Weiss
Lütjens 72kCirca mid 1990's.Jörg Bihlmayr
Lütjens 60kLeaving Whilhelmshaven in 1998.Jörg Bihlmayr
Lütjens 68kFiring an SM-1 during DESEX 2000 near Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.Jörg Bihlmayr
Lütjens 183kIn Kiel on July 15 2000.Carlo Martinelli
Lütjens 237kThe following is an E-mail from a young ensign aboard USS Winston Churchill (DDG-81) to his father. Note that "Manning the Rail" is a shipboard ceremony reserved for only high ranking dignitaries, such as Heads of State. Here's the letter:
Dear Dad, We are still at sea. The remainder of our port visits have all been canceled. We have spent every day since the attacks going back and forth within imaginary boxes drawn in the ocean, standing high-security watches, and trying to make the best of it. We have seen the articles and the photographs, and they are sickening. Being isolated, I don't think we appreciate the full scope of what is happening back home, but we are definitely feeling the effects. About two hours ago, we were hailed by a German Navy destroyer, Lütjens, requesting permission to pass close by our port side. Strange, since we're in the middle of an empty ocean, but the captain acquiesced and we prepared to render them honors from our bridgewing. As they were making their approach, our conning officer used binoculars and announced that Lütjens was flying not the German, but the American flag. As she came alongside us, we saw the American flag flying half-mast and her entire crew topside standing at silent, rigid attention in their dress uniforms. They had made a sign that was displayed on her side that read "We Stand By You." There was not a dry eye on the bridge as they stayed alongside us for a few minutes and saluted. It was the most powerful thing I have seen in my life. The German Navy did an incredible thing for this crew, and it has truly been the highest point in the days since the attacks. It's amazing to think that only half-century ago things were quite different. After Lütjens pulled away, the Officer of the Deck, who had been planning to get out later this year, turned to me and said, "I'm staying Navy." I'll write you when I know more about when I'll be home, but this is it for now. Love you guys.
Lütjens 38kFGS Lütjens coming alongside USS HUE CITY at Aksaz Turkey, July 2002.Lt Steve Dundas, CHC USNR
Lütjens 40kAs above.Lt Steve Dundas, CHC USNR
Lütjens 190kFGS Lütjens (D185) underway in Kiel Harbor, Germany, on July 12 2003.Robert Hurst
Lütjens 31kLütjens in the Kiel Canal December 14 2006 on her way for weapon tests to Kiel.Ron Reeves
Lütjens 253kA series of images of the Lütjens in Wilhelmshaven, when DDG28 was being towed to turkey to scrapping by "Serval". The FGS Mölders (D-186) can be seen in the background at the "Marinemuseum Wilhelmshaven" in this view.Thomas Arnold
Lütjens 191kAs above.Thomas Arnold
Lütjens 152kAs above.Thomas Arnold
Lütjens 129kAs above.Thomas Arnold
Lütjens 61kAs above.Thomas Arnold

FGS LÜTJENS (DDG-28 / D-185) History
This vessel is not a part of the DANFS Project

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
(FK = Fregattenkapitän = CDR    KzS = Kapitän zur See = CAPT)

FK Ansgar Bethge    Mar 22 1969 - Feb 17 1970
KzS Dieter Ehrhardt    Feb 17 1970 - Oct 8 1972
KzS Egon Meyer    Oct 8 1972 - Sep 26 1974
KzS Gerhard Bing    Sep 26 1974 - Apr 1 1977
KzS Klaus Dingeldein    Apr 1 1977 - Mar 28 1980
FK Wilhelm Reiss    Mar 28 1980 - Jan 9 1981
FK Wulf Diercks    Jan 9 1981 - Aug 19 1981
KzS Hans-Rudolf Boehmer    Aug 19 1981 - Sep 5 1983
KzS Joachim Kleemann    Sep 5 1983 - Dec 19 1985
FK Gerd Straßburger    Dec 19 1985 - Jun 28 1988
FK Jörg Owen    Jun 28 1988 - Mar 30 1990
FK Wolfgang Hügelmann    Mar 30 1990 - Sep 17 1992
FK Axel Schimpf    Sep 17 1992 - Dec 9 1994 (Later RADM)
FK Reinhard E.-A. Wollowski    Dec 9 1994 - Dec 19 1996
FK F. Lamsbach    Dec 19 1996 - Jul 1 1998
FK Günther Fritz    Jul 1 1998 - Apr 20 2001
FK Michael W. Meding    Apr 20 2001 - Dec 18 2003

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Adams Class Veterans Association Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
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