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German minesweeper FGS Groemitz exercises with Lithuanian Navy LNS Jotvinsis


Today NATO Maritime Command released a picture on its Twitter account showing German minesweeper FGS Groemitz holding exercise along with Lithuanian Navy LNS Jotvinsis. This training intends to improve maritime readiness and allows allies to work together more effectively and counter threats facing the Alliance.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 German minesweeper FGS Groemitz exercises with Lithuanian Navy LNS Jotvinsis. (Picture source: NATO Maritime Command)


About the Type 332 Frankenthal-class minehunter:

The Type 332 Frankenthal-class minehunter is a class of German minehunters. The ships are built of non-magnetic steel. Hull, machinery and superstructure of this class is similar to the original Type 343 Hameln-class minesweeper, but the equipment differs.

Displacement: 650 t
Length: 54.4 m (178 ft)
Beam: 9.2 m (30 ft)
Draft: 2.6 m (8 ft 6 in)

Propulsion:
2 × MTU 16V 538 TB91 diesel-engines, 2040 kW each
2 × electric motors for slow and silent manoeuvring
2 × Renk PLS 25 E gearboxes
2 × controllable pitch propellers
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Complement: 41

Sensors and processing systems:
1 × hull-mounted DSQS-11A mine hunting sonar
DRBN 32 navigation radar

Electronic warfare & decoys:
2 × TKWA/MASS (Multi Ammunition Softkill System) decoy launchers (currently under procurement)
2 × Barricade chaff and flare launcher

Armament:
1 × Bofors 40 mm/L70 dual-purpose gun (currently upgrading to 1 × MLG 27 27 mm autocannon)
2 FIM-92 Stinger MANPADS surface-to-air missile
2 × Pinguin B3 mine hunting ROVs

About the LNS “Jotvinsis” (N42):

LNS “Jotvinsis” (N42) belongs to Vidar-class ships. This type of ships is able to transport water, fuel, food and other supplies. Ships that take part in operations may replenish needed supplies at sea without returning to harbor. This enables to save fuel and time.

Dimensions:
Length – 64.8 meters;
Width – 12.0 meters;
Draught – 4.6 meters;
Tonnage –1.750 tons;

Armament:
Two “Bofors” type 40 mm artillery guns;
MG3 machine guns;
Radio-electronic combat devices;
The crew is armed with G36C automatic rifles and pistols of GLOCK type;

Crew:
Up to 50 persons; The ship can accommodate up to 20 Staff personnel;

Propulsion:
Two 2100 HP engines of WICHMANN type (in total, 4 200 HP).
Maximum speed – 15 knots;

Mission:
To serve as a platform for the Staff during exercises and missions and to provide an all-purpose
logistic support not only to the MCM ships but also to the entire Naval Flotilla.