Task force provider class 702

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Berlin class
EGV Berlin (A 1411) (admission year 2003)
EGV Berlin (A 1411)
(admission year 2003)
Ship data
country GermanyGermany (naval war flag) Germany
Ship type Supply ship
Construction period Since 1998
Launch of the type ship April 30, 1999
Units built 3
period of service Since 2001 Germany 2017 (planned) CanadaGermanyGermany (naval war flag) 
Ship dimensions and crew
173.7 m ( Lüa )
162.0 m ( Lpp )
width 24 m
Draft Max. 7.9 m
displacement 20,240 or 20,900 t
crew 159 (max. 233 or 267 including paramedics)
Machine system
machine Marine diesel engines ( Bonn : MTU 20V8000 M71R)
10,560 kW (14,358 hp) or 14,400 kW (19,579 hp)
20 kn (37 km / h)
propeller 2
Loading / supply capacity
  • 9500 or 9770 m³ of fuel
  • 25 m³ / day fresh water production
Other cargo
  • On the upper deck capacity for 12 or 52 20 ' containers
  • Loads for approx. 230 t of provisions
Cargo handling

The task force supply units of class 702 (EGV), also known as the Berlin class , are supply ships of the German Navy that provide logistical and medical support for mixed task forces. They are the largest ships in the German Navy and are named after cities in which German parliaments have had their seats. In Canada , the design of the Berlin class was selected in a competition on June 2, 2013 for the two new “Joint Support Ships” ( Protecteur (II) class) of the Royal Canadian Navy .


EGV supply ships with operating materials , consumables, provisions and ammunition and are equipped in such a way that they can transfer these goods during the journey from ship to ship. Two helicopters are used to transport people and material.

The German Navy has three task force suppliers, the type ship is the Berlin supplier (A 1411). The Berlin was christened on April 30, 1999, on April 11, 2001 the commissioning took place. The Frankfurt was on 5 January 2001 by Frankfurt's mayor, Petra Roth christened and put into service on May 27 of 2002. Thereupon the last three remaining older suppliers of the Lüneburg class were decommissioned.

Procurement of the third ship was approved on December 17, 2008. It was christened Bonn on April 17, 2012 in Emden and put into service on September 13, 2013.

The purchase price of the third ship includes a larger service package, which, in addition to making it ready for supply, includes technical improvements and an additional radar system for the helicopter line for all three ships. At around 350 million euros, it is about three times as high as the two first ships. Further modifications of the Bonn concern the propulsion system, the electrical power generation, the medical facilities, the rescue system and the dinghies.

Equipment and armament

Gun on port stern of the Bonn

For self-defense, the EGV are armed with four MLG 27 light marine guns. In addition, flying fists and two Sea King MK41s are carried. The on- board helicopters are primarily used for rescue missions, but can also transport supplies from the ship and are equipped with an M3M machine gun and deception systems for their own protection . The flight deck also allows the use of larger helicopters.


With the EGV loading gear, supplies can be handled independently during the journey and in the port.

The loading capacity of the EGV is:

  • 84 container spaces
  • Transport capacity:
    • 7,600 t marine diesel,
    • 490 t of aviation fuel,
    • 126 t of lubricating oil,
    • 71 t fresh water,
    • 100 t of consumer goods,
    • 1075 t of solid goods
    • 230 tons of provisions

The EGV can also take over the disposal of wastewater and waste from the supplied units.

Medical equipment

For medical support as a hospital ship , the EGV can be equipped with a so-called marine rescue center (MERZ). After the fire of a container replacement MERZ, only one facility is available for Berlin . The MERZ system consists of a network of 26 ISO special containers that form a two-story deckhouse and are connected to the on-board supply network. The containers contain examination rooms, operating theaters, diagnostic and therapy facilities and laboratories. A bed station below deck instead of a cargo space is designed for the care of 45 patients.

A new MERZ will be permanently installed on the Frankfurt am Main and referred to as an integrated MERZ (iMERZ). It has an infirmary, two operating theaters, an X-ray room, a dental technology department and various laboratories.

For its use as part of NATO activities in the Aegean Sea from April 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic , Berlin was temporarily equipped with a corona testing facility operated by specialists from the Naval Medical Institute of the Navy .


GermanyGermany (naval war flag) Germany

The German Navy operates three suppliers, all of which are subordinate to the supply squadron in Wilhelmshaven .

Identifier Surname Callsign shipyard Launch Commissioning
A 1411 Berlin DRKA Flensburg Shipbuilding Society (FSG) April 30, 1999 April 11, 2001
A 1412 Frankfurt am Main DRKB Flensburg Shipbuilding Society (FSG) January 5, 2001 May 27, 2002
A 1413 Bonn DRKC Peene-Werft , FSG, TKMS ( Nordseewerke ), FLW April 27, 2011 September 13, 2013

CanadaCanada Canada

The units were originally to be named after the Battle of Queenston Heights and the Battle of Châteauguay and were to be operational in 2017. They are intended to replace the two ships of the Protecteur (I) class . Due to massive delays, they will ultimately receive the names of the predecessor ships that were decommissioned in 2015/2016. The Canadian government assumes that the ships will be delivered from 2023.

Identifier Surname Callsign shipyard Launch Commissioning
HMCS Protecteur
(originally Queenston )
Seaspan Marine Corporation , North Vancouver under construction
HMCS Preserver
(originally Châteauguay )
Seaspan Marine Corporation , North Vancouver ordered

Web links

Commons : Berlin class  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files


  1. The helicopters belong to Naval Aviation Squadron 5 and are only stationed on board if required, subject to availability.

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e f g h i j Commissioning of the task force supplier "Bonn". In: presseportal.de. September 10, 2013, accessed September 12, 2013 .
  2. a b Marine Rescue Center (MERZ). In: marine.de . Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  3. a b Task Force Supply "Berlin" class (702). In: marine.de . Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  4. a b Dirk Weber, Gunther Brückner: Baptism of the third EGV in the name of Bonn . In: Marineforum . No. 6 , 2012, p. 20th ff . ( marine-offizier-vereinigung.de ( Memento from December 11, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) [PDF; accessed on August 29, 2019]). Baptism of the third EGV in the name of Bonn ( Memento of the original from December 11, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / marine-offizier-vereinigung.de
  5. a b c d e f The task force supplier (EGV). In: marine.de . Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  6. ^ Joint Support Ship Design Selected. In: forces.gc.ca. Department of Defense of Canada , July 2, 2013, accessed August 14, 2013 .
  7. Ralph Emmerich: Einsatzgruppenversorger . In: Soldier und Technik . No. 7 , 1992, pp. 481-485 .
  8. New task force provider named "Bonn". In: marine.de. April 17, 2012, accessed December 6, 2013 .
  9. report. (PDF) (No longer available online.) In: dmkn.de. MarineForum, 4-2009, formerly in the original ; accessed on August 29, 2019 .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archives )@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.dmkn.de
  10. German shipyards build transport ships at high prices ( Memento from March 13, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) In: tagesschau.de . Retrieved March 10, 2010.
  11. a b c Matthias Faermann: On the way to iMERZ - emergency hospitals on board . In: Cast off! Issue 6/2020, p. 15
  12. Jubilation greets trillion shipbuilding contract. In: vancouversun.com. The Vancouver Sun , October 20, 2011, accessed November 26, 2013 .
  13. Canada renames upcoming support ships as Protecteur-class vessels. In: janes.com . Jane's Information Group , September 14, 2017 (English).
  14. ^ Joint support ship. Government of Canada, accessed August 8, 2020 .