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FGS MÖLDERS (DDG-29 / D-186)

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 April 12 1966.
Launched April 13 1968.
Commissioned September 20 1969.
Built for the (Former West German) German Navy.
Decommissioned March 28 2003.
Fate As of June 24, 2005 she is the central attraction at the Navy Museum in Wilhelmshaven.

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Mölders 16kWerner Mölders (March 18, 1913 - November 22, 1941) was a German Luftwaffe World War II fighter ace. He was credited with 101 victories in WWII as well as 14 victories in the Spanish civil war. He rose quickly through the ranks, and was given command of a Geschwader (Fighter Wing) at age 27, and promoted to Oberst and appointed Inspector General of Fighters at age 28. Mölders was a devoutly religious individual who demanded that all Allied aviators captured by those under his command be treated civilly and often would invite captured pilots to dine with him. On November 22, 1941 he was flying as a passenger in a He-111 from the Crimea to Germany to attend the funeral of his superior and friend, Ernst Udet. Attempting to land at Breslau during a thunderstorm, the aircraft crashed. Mölders and the pilot were killed.-
Mölders 33kUndated, location unknown.Jörg Bihlmayr
Mölders 22kUndated, alongside the Charles F. Adams (DDG-2)Jorg Bihlmayr
Mölders 44kUndated, Mölders (right) together withD 646 Latouche Tréville (left).Jörg Bihlmayr
Mölders 53kUndated, Mölders steaming alongside the F 208 Niedersachsen.Jörg Bihlmayr
Mölders 33kUndated, Mölders and F 813 Witte De With during steampast.Jörg Bihlmayr
Mölders 55kUndated, Mölders before she was refitted with the RAM systemJörg Bihlmayr
Mölders 228kA series of 10 undated images of the Mölders from the collection of Wolfgang Hechler.Wolfgang Hechler
Mölders 120kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Mölders 137kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Mölders 126kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Mölders 119kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Mölders 123kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Mölders 140kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Mölders 139kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Mölders 136kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Mölders 162kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Mölders 184kFGS Mölders underway Off Bath, Maine on sea trials in 1969. While under construction, this ship was assigned U.S. Navy hull number DDG-29. Official U.S. Navy Photograph. Photo #: USN 1140526.Robert Hurst
Mölders 37kCirca 1984Jorg Bihlmayr
Mölders 55kCirca 1984 alongside the LutjensJorg Bihlmayr
Mölders 183kIn the Aldeboran Sea, November 1987, during NAVOCFORMED 88.Giorgio Fedele, Italian Navy
Mölders 199kOctober 4 1992, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Mölders 199kOctober 4 1992, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Mölders 33kCirca 1995Jorg Bihlmayr
Molders 59kThe Rommel (D-187), Lutjens (D-185) and Mölders (D-186) shortly before the Rommel was decommissioned.Jörg Bihlmayr
Mölders 57kCirca mid 1990's.Jörg Bihlmayr
Mölders 100kThe German guided missile destroyer Molders underway August 8 1994, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Mölders 30kMölders during SEF 2000.Jörg Bihlmayr
Mölders 35kThe recent (2001) DESEX deployment TaskGroup consisting of the French D 646 Latouche Tréville, the Belgian F 910 Wielingen, the Dutch F 829 Willem Van Der Zaan, F 813 Witte De With, F 806 De Ruyter, A 836 Amsterdam (with 2 British SeaKing's embarqued) and the German D 186 Mölders, F 217 Bayern, F 208 Niedersachsen. F 211 Köln, A 1442 Spessart, A 1435 Westerwald and A 1413 Freiburg. Mölders is the ship left in the foreground.Jörg Bihlmayr
Mölders 89kGerman DDG Mölders (D-186) during a NATO's STANAVFORMED port call to Barcelona, Spain, on May 4, 2002. Shown in this image, left to right, are the two "dishes" of the SPG-51 missile guidance radars, the aft 5"/54 gun mount, the single-arm Mk.13 missile launcher, the aft RAM launcher, and the winches and "fishes" of the SLQ-25 Nixie anti-torpedo decoy. The Greek frigate Limnos (F-451) is outboard of Mölders.Fabio Peña
Mölders 106kA series of five photos taken July 2 2003 at Wilhelmshaven as Mölders awaits her final disposition.Willi Bischoff
Mölders 105kAs above.Willi Bischoff
Mölders 62kAs above.Willi Bischoff
Mölders 118kAs above.Willi Bischoff
Mölders 123kAs above.Willi Bischoff
Mölders 84kFinal Mooring at German Navy Museum at German Naval Base Wilhelmshaven.Willi Bischoff/J. Lobitz

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