Class: Tarantul I Class
Type: Missile Corvette
At: Petrovsky Shipyard 01714 in Leningrad, Russia
Length: 185 feet
Beam: 36 feet, 2 inches
Draft: 12 feet, 5 inches
Displacement: 455 tons
Armament: One AK-176 76mm gun – 120 rpm
Two AK-630 30 mm six barrel gatling guns – 4,000 rpm
Two twin STYX KT-138E missile launchers
Two PK-16 chaff launchers aft – 16 rounds each
One FAM-14 Strella surface-to-air missile launcher
5 Water Street, P.O. Box 111
Fall River, MA 02722-0111
Fax: (508) 674-5597
Latitude: 41.7062123995, Longitude: -71.1628596967
Originally commissioned by the East German People’s Navy as the Rudolf Englehofer, Hiddensee was designed to oppose any naval threat to the East German Coast. To fulfill this mission, Hiddensee carried long-range STYX anti-ship missiles and an array of defensive weapons designed to ensure her own survivability.
Following the reunification of Germany, Hiddensee served with the Federal German Navy until her decommissioning in April 1991. Shortly thereafter she was reactivated and transferred to the U.S. Navy. Joined briefly by a crew of 20 former East German sailors, a small civilian U.S. crew conducted extensive testing with the vessel at the Navy’s Solomons, Maryland, facility in the Patuxent River. After 50 underway deployments in the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Capes areas, Navy budget cutbacks severely curtailed operations, but she continued on as a research vessel until April 1996.
The only ship of her kind on display in the world, Hiddensee joined Battleship Cove, the world’s largest collection of historic naval ships, on June 14, 1997.