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FGS ROMMEL (DDG-30 / D-187)

CLASS - LÜTJENS As Built.
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 August 22 1967.
Launched February 1 1969.
Commissioned May 2 1970.
Built for the (Former West German) German Navy.
Stricken June 30 1999.

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Rommel 22kJohannes Erwin Eugen Rommel (15 November 1891 - 14 October 1944) was one of the most famous German Field Marshals of World War II. He was the commander of the Deutsches Afrika Korps and also became known by the nickname "The Desert Fox" for the skillful military campaigns he waged on behalf of the German Army in North Africa. He was later in command of the German forces opposing the Allied cross-channel invasion at Normandy. Rommel's military successes earned the respect not only of his troops and Adolf Hitler, but also that of his enemy Commonwealth troops in the North African Campaign. An enduring legacy of Rommel's character is that he is also considered to be a chivalrous and humane military officer in contrast with many other figures of Nazi Germany. Most captured commonwealth soldiers during his Africa campaign report to have been largely treated humanely, and orders to kill captured Jewish soldiers and civilians in all theaters of his command were defiantly ignored. Following the defeat of Axis forces in North Africa, and whilst commanding the defence of Occupied France, his fortunes changed when he was suspected of involvement in the failed July 20 Plot of 1944 to kill Hitler and was forced to commit suicide.-
Rommel 111kFGNS Rommel (D-187, ex-USN DDG-30) is seen under construction at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Me. NAS Brunswick photograph, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-14115.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rommel 219kA series of 12 images of the Rommel from the Wolfgang Hechler collection.Wolfgang Hechler
Rommel 134kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Rommel 118kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Rommel 148kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Rommel 118kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Rommel 110kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Rommel 156kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Rommel 119kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Rommel 151kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Rommel 133kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Rommel 126kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Rommel 143kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Rommel 218kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Rommel 124kNewspaper photograph of Mrs. Lucie Marie Rommel, 75-year-old widow of Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, christening FGNS Rommel at Bath Iron Works, 1 February 1969. Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-15404.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rommel 127kNewspaper photograph of launch of FGNS Rommel at Bath Iron Works, 1 February 1969. Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-15404.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rommel 184kFGS Rommel underway off Bath, Maine on 31 March 1970. While under construction, this ship was assigned U.S. Navy hull number DDG-30). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 71275.Robert Hurst
Rommel 92kThree views showing antenna arrangement of FGNS Rommel (D-187/DDG-30) taken on 27 April 1970 at Boston Naval Shipyard prior to transfer to German Navy. Boston Naval Shipyard photographs ASF #4507, 4508, 4510, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-14116.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rommel 107kAs above.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rommel 109kAs above.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rommel 126kCertificate documenting transfer of FGNS Rommel from the United States Navy to Germany. Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-15404.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rommel 133kThe transfer/commissioning ceremony for FGNS Rommel took place on 2 May 1970 at Pier 1 East of Boston Naval Shipyard U.S. Navy photograph, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-14122.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rommel 118kAs above.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rommel 116kBoston Naval Shipyard Commander Capt. Raymond W. Burk, USN, looks on as German Under Secretary of Defense Johannes Birckholtz signs the certificate accepting delivery of FGNS Rommel, 2 May 1970. U.S. Navy photograph, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-14122.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rommel 149kThe crew of FGNS Rommel mans the ship during commissioning ceremonies on 2 May 1970. U.S. Navy photograph, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-14122.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rommel 116kAs above.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rommel 138kAs above.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rommel 123kThe German ensign is raised during the commissioning of FGNS Rommel, 2 May 1970. U.S. Navy photograph, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-14122.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rommel 98kShip’s sponsor Mrs. Lucie M. Rommel speaks to guests at the transfer/commissioning ceremony for FGNS Rommel at Boston Naval Shipyard, 2 May 1970. U.S. Navy photograph, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-14122.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rommel 185kStern view of FGNS Rommel in Dry Dock 2 at Boston Naval Shipyard, 30 December 1970. Boston Naval Shipyard photo ASF #15476, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-14115.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rommel 137kBow view of FGNS Rommel in Dry Dock 2 at Boston Naval Shipyard, 30 December 1970. Boston Naval Shipyard photo ASF #15476, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-14115.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rommel 99kBow view of FGNS Rommel in Dry Dock 2 at Boston Naval Shipyard, 13 January 1971. Boston Naval Shipyard photo ASF #376, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-14115.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rommel 130kStern view of FGNS Rommel in Dry Dock 2 at Boston Naval Shipyard, 13 January 1971. Boston Naval Shipyard photo ASF #384, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-14115.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Rommel 81kKiel, Germany, October 1 1985, crew members stand ready on the bow of the guided missile frigate USS Halyburton (FFG 40) as the ship pulls into port for a visit during Exercise Baltops `85. In the background is the German destroyer Rommel ( DDG 187).Fred Weiss
Rommel 176kFGS Rommel (D 187) underway alongside the USS Iowa (BB-61), on 1 September 1986. The ships were participating in NATO exercise "Northern Wedding '86". USN Photograph taken by PHC Jeff Hilton. ID: DNST8707145.Robert Hurst
Rommel 139kIn the Baltic in the 1990s.Marc Piché
Rommel 181kDeparting La Spezia September 16 1991.Carlo Martinelli
Rommel 58kCirca 1997, location unknown.Jörg Bihlmayr
Rommel 59kThe Rommel (D-187), Lutjens (D-185) and Molders (D-186) shortly before the Rommel was decommissioned.Jörg Bihlmayr
Rommel 92kBeing towed by German naval tugs in the Kiel Canal in April 1999 shortly before being stricken.Marc Piché
Rommel 95kWilhelmshaven July 2 2003 as she awaits her fate.Willi Bischoff

FGS ROMMEL (DDG-30 / D-187) History
This vessel is not a part of the DANFS Project

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Stephen P. Carlson, Ron Reeves and Wolfgang Hechler
(FK = Fregattenkapitän = CDR     KzS = Kapitän zur See = CAPT)

KzS Klaus Karl Stange    May 2 1970 - Dec 4 1972
KzS Rehder    Dec 4 1972 - Jun 30 1976
KzS Hans-Jürgen Schäfer    Jun 30 1976 - Jun 29 1979
KzS Martens    Jun 29 1979 - Jan 9 1981
KzS Wilhelm Reiss    Jan 9 1981 - Sep 27 1982
KzS Reschke    Sep 27 1982 - Mar 30 1984
FK H. C. Rips    Mar 30 1984 - Aug 14 1984
FK Scholz    Aug 14 1984 - May 12 1986
FK Ropers    May 12 1986 - Mar 25 1988
FK Christoph Diehl    Mar 25 1988 - May 30 1990
FK Hans-Joachim Witthauer    May 30 1990 - Oct 20 1993 (Later RADM)
FK Georg von Maltzahn    Oct 20 1993 - Oct 11 1995
FK Krause-Traudes    Oct 11 1995 - Sep 30 1997
FK Endres    Sep 30 1997 - Jun 30 1999

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Markus Ehresmann
Address: Gutenbergstr. 48, 24118 Kiel, Germany
Phone: 00491748741686
E-mail: webmaster@zerstoerer-rommel.com


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


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