Emden (F 221)

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Emden (F 221)
Cologne class
Frigate Emden (F221) on April 10, 1983 in Golf de Castellammare
Frigate Emden (F221) on April 10, 1983 in Golf de Castellammare

HC Stülcken son

Keel laying April 15, 1958
Launch March 21, 1959
Namesake City of Emden
Commissioning October 24, 1961
Decommissioning June 30, 1983
home port Wilhelmshaven
Whereabouts Scrapped in Aliağa in 1994
Technical specifications
See: Main page of the class
Callsign / identifier

DBRW + DRAL / F 221


2nd escort squadron

Coat of arms Emden.svg

The Emden was a frigate of the German Navy , the second unit of the F120 class , also Cologne class. She was the fourth ship that was named after the East Frisian city ​​of Emden in a German Navy . Predecessors in its name were two small cruisers of the Imperial Navy from 1908 and 1916 as well as the light cruiser Emden of the Imperial and later Navy . The successor as the bearer of the name was the frigate Emden (V) of class F122 ( Bremen class ). On August 1, 2018, the German Navy announced that the second corvette from the second construction lot K130 ( Braunschweig class) should also be given the traditional name Emden (VI) .


Construction and commissioning

The Emden's keel was laid on April 15, 1958 at the HC Stülcken Sohn shipyard in Hamburg-Steinwerder . The launch took place on March 21, 1959, after further equipment work, the ship was put into service on October 24, 1961 as the escort boat Emden by the German Navy .

After the first test runs in the first half of 1962, the first major mission followed in August, which took the ship across the Azores (Portugal), the Bermuda Islands (Great Britain), the Canary Islands (Spain), Toulon (France) and back to Cuxhaven in October led.


In July 1963 the second international voyage started in Cuxhaven, the ship drove through the Bay of Biscay to Gibraltar , on to Dakar (Senegal), Las Palmas (Canary Islands, Spain) and in August back to the home port.

From mid-July to early August 1964 she operated in the North Atlantic and in September took part in the independence celebrations of the former crown colony (Great Britain) of Malta .

On March 31, 1965, the escort boat Emden was taken out of service for a depot repair and put back into service as the Emden frigate on October 27, 1967 .

In April 1968 the frigate retired from the 2nd escort squadron and was placed under the fleet service squadron in Flensburg.


On April 18, 1970, Emden set off from Wilhelmshaven on a trip to South America to Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Puerto Belgrano (Argentina). It returned to Wilhelmshaven via Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain) in mid-June and was operating again in Norwegian territorial waters in mid-July.

From mid-May to the end of June 1972, the ship was at FOST (Flag Officer Sea Training) in Portland (Great Britain).

On January 6, 1973, the GDR fishing trawler in Berlin had an accident , the ailing Emden first went to Rönne (Bornholm, Denmark) to be overhauled and then to Kiel for final repairs .

Participation in STANAVFORLANT began at the beginning of March 1973. She led the ship from Flensburg via Portland (Great Britain), Madeira (Portugal), the Bermuda Islands , Norfolk (Virginia, USA), Newport (Rhode Island, USA), Baltimore (Maryland, USA), again to the Bermuda Islands, Halifax (Nova Scotia) ), Quebec (Canada), Charlottetown ( Prince Edward Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada), then march back via Newport (USA), Ponta Delgada (Azores, Portugal) back to Flensburg, where at the beginning of June after 95 Days and 17,903 nautical miles.

On April 1, 1974, the Emden retired from the subordinate relationship of the fleet service squadron and returned to the 2nd escort squadron with home port Wilhelmshaven.

In September 1975 the Emden was in Portland (Great Britain) for OST (Operational Sea Training) and for exercises in foreign waters (ÜAG 115/75) from mid-October to the beginning of November, she ran the ports of Trondheim (Norway) and Den Helder (Netherlands) ) on.

From mid-July to mid-August 1977 the Emden operated together with three other Cologne-class frigates (F120) in the Mediterranean and took part in the FOST (Flag Officer Sea Training) in Portland (Great Britain) from mid-October to mid-September.

At the beginning of January 1978 another participation in the STANAVFORLANT started. Ponta Delgada (Azores, Portugal), Hamilton (Bermuda Islands), Charleston (South Carolina, USA), Jacksonville (USA), Mayport (Florida, USA), Roosevelt Roads (Puerto Rico, Caribbean), Fort Lauderdale (Florida, USA), Norfolk (Virginia, USA), Halifax (Nova Scotia), again Hamilton (Bermuda Islands), Lisbon (Portugal) and Nantes (France) were among the foreign ports before the Emden returned to Wilhelmshaven at the end of May.

1980s and retirement

In mid-January 1980 she called Portland (Great Britain) and took part in BOST (Basis Operational Sea Training).

At the end of April 1980, another participation in the STANVFORLANT started. The stations were Brest (France), Lisbon (Portugal), Naples (Italy), Den Helder (Netherlands), Wilhelmshaven, Bodø (Norway), Wilhelmshaven, Seebrugge (fleet parade 150 years of Belgium), Narvik (Norway), Trondheim (Norway) , Aarhus (Denmark) and Bremen , until it returned to Wilhelmshaven at the end of August.

As part of individual training, Emden visited the port city of Newcastle upon Tyne in February 1982 and was in Portland (Great Britain) for the last time from mid-May to mid-June for BOST (Basic Operational Sea Training). As part of the “ Northern Wedding ” maneuver , she was in the port of Dundee (Scotland) from 20 to 23 August 1982 .

In mid-March 1983, Emden left Wilhelmshaven on its last major business trip under the German flag. From there it went via Cádiz (Spain), Port Said (Egypt), Split in what was then Yugoslavia, Cadiz (Spain) back to Wilhelmshaven, where it ran again on April 23, 1983 after 8745 nautical miles.

Even between the activities listed here, the Emden was repeatedly at sea in the North Sea , in the Baltic Sea , in the Skagerrak and Kattegat as well as on both sides of the Arctic Circle.

On June 30, 1983 the frigate Emden (F 221) was decommissioned and handed over to the Turkish Navy on September 23, 1983 .

After a fire on board, the ship was decommissioned and scrapped in Aliağa from January 1994.


  • Gerhard Koop: Emden. One name - five ships . Bernard & Graefe Bonn 2002, ISBN 3-7637-5406-7

See also

Web links

Commons : Emden (F 221)  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. New Corvettes: Five times tradition. In: http://www.marine.de . PIZ Deutsche Marine, August 1, 2018, accessed on August 1, 2018 .
  2. To the whereabouts at www.fregatte-emden.de