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Guided Missile Frigate "Franz Kafka"

First ship in a series of Type Kafka guided missile frigates. Laid on the Trinec Shipyard October 18, 2001, launched on September 18, 2002, commissioned December 10, 2003.

This ship was named after the famous Czech writer. Franz Kafka (1883–1924) was a writer of novels and short stories, regarded by critics as one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. Ship hull number - FFG-01. Currently ship is in the 1nd Tactical Group of the surface ships "Kamencove" of the Czech Central Fleet.

Commander - Captain 3st Rank Milan Havel

Side view of the ship:

Type Kafka Guided Missile Frigate
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General characteristics:

Displacement: 4,250 tons full load
Length: 131 m
Beam: 13,7 m
Draft: 6,4 m
Speed: 27 knots
Range: 5,500 nmi at 17 kn
Propulsion: 2 x Skoda diesels x 15,000 horsepower, 2 shafts
Armament:
- 1 x 64 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems
- 2 x 4 Harpoon Surface-to-Surface Missiles launchers
- 1 x 76 mm Oto Melara 76/62 Stealth gun
- 1 x Goalkeeper CIWS
- 2 x Mk 32 12.75 in (324 mm) triple torpedo tubes for lightweight torpedoes
- 4 x OTO RHMG 12.5 mm machine guns
- 1 x NHI NH-90 helicopter
Complement: 185

     
     
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