Class: Tarantul I Class
Length: 185 feet
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.
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