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Hiddensee as a museum ship
Career (East Germany)
Name: Rudolf Egelhoffer
Builder: Petrovsky Shipyard, Leningrad
Laid down: 1984
Commissioned: 1985
Fate: Transferred to Germany, 1990
Career (Germany)
Name: Hiddensee (P6166)
Namesake: Hiddensee
Acquired: 1990
Decommissioned: April 1991
Fate: Transferred to United States, November 1991
Career (United States)
Name: USNS Hiddensee
Acquired: November 1991
Commissioned: 14 February 1992
Decommissioned: 18 April 1996
Fate: Museum ship from 14 June 1997
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General characteristics
Class and type: Tarantul-class corvette
  • 480 long tons (488 t) standard
  • 540 long tons (549 t) full load
Length: 56 m (183 ft 9 in)
Beam: 10.50 m (34 ft 5 in)
Draught: 2.50 m (8 ft 2 in)
  • 2 × DR077 12,000 hp (8,948 kW) gas turbines
  • 2 × DM076 4,000 hp (2,983 kW) gas turbines
Speed: 42 knots (78 km/h; 48 mph)
Range: 1,650 nmi (3,060 km; 1,900 mi) at 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Endurance: 10 days
Complement: 50
  • 1 × 76 mm AK-176 dual purpose main gun
  • 2 × AK-630 30 mm gatling guns
  • 4 × KT-138E P-15 Termit (SS-N-2 Styx) anti-ship missile launchers
  • 1 × quad FAM-14 Strela 2 (SA-N-5) surface-to-air missile launcher
  • 2 × PK-16 chaff launchers

Hiddensee is a former East German Navy corvette, now part of the Battleship Cove site at Fall River, Massachusetts. Originally a Soviet vessel, the corvette was transferred first to the East German Navy, then to the German Navy, and ended her career in the United States.

Ship history

The Tarantul I-class missile corvette was launched in 1984 at the Petrovsky Shipyard in Leningrad, Russia. She was commissioned in 1985 by the East German Volksmarine as Rudolf Egelhofer, but after the reunification of Germany in 1990, she was transferred to the German Navy, and renamed Hiddensee.

After decommissioning in April 1991, she was transferred to the United States Navy. As USNS Hiddensee, the ship was extensively evaluated at the Naval Air Warfare Center at Solomons, Maryland, and used for naval exercises. Following naval budget cuts, the ship was removed from service in April 1996, and joined the Battleship Cove fleet on 14 June 1997.

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