Just seven months after her keel was laid, the 2,850 ton destroyer 'Hamburg' was launched at Stueleken's shipyard, Hamburg, West Germany.
GV Side of destroyer and crowd.
SV Bow of the 'Hamburg'.
MV Marines in front of vessel.
GTV PAN..Crowd to official party arriving.
MV PAN..Young sailors.
CU Bottle of champagne.
CU General Heusinger.
MV General Heusinger and party on launching platform.
CU Frau Brauer breaks bottle.
MV Ship down slips.
CU Officer points.
LV Ship entering water.
LV Ship in water.
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Background: Just seven months after her keel was laid, the 2,850 ton destroyer 'Hamburg' was launched at Stueleken's shipyard, Hamburg, West Germany. Mar 26. In the presence of General Heusinger, Inspector General of the West German armed forces, Frau Erna Brauer, wife of the city's Lord Mayor, cracked a bottle of champagne across the bows before the ship glided gracefully down the slipway into the River Elbe.
The first warship of any size to be built in West Germany for fifteen years, the GBP8 million 'Hamburg' will be one of the fastest and most modern vessels of her type when she goes into service at the end of 1961. Her 70,000 horse-power steam turbines will give her a speed of about 40 knots.
Flush-decked with no portholes, the 'Hamburg's' hull is completely enclosed for protection against atomic fall-out and chemical germ-warfare.
Her semi-automatic guns - four 4 inch and eight 40 millimetre - are of French manufacture, and her fire control equipment is Dutch.
Three more of the 'Hamburg' class are scheduled for launching within the next two years. Under the 10-year old West European Union, Germany is restricted to building 12 3,000-ton conventional ships, but an application to raise tonnage restrictions to 5,000 tons is now before N.A.T.O.