German submarine U-34 (S184)

U-34 (S184) is a Type 212A submarine of the German Navy. She is the fourth ship of the class to enter service.

Name: U-34
Builder: Howaldtswerke, Kiel
Laid down: December 2001
Launched: July 2006
Commissioned: 3 May 2007
Status: In active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Type 212
Type: submarine
  • 1,450 tonnes (1,430 long tons) surfaced
  • 1,830 tonnes (1,800 long tons) submerged
  • 56 m (183.7 ft)
  • 57.2 m (187.66 ft) (2nd batch)
Beam: 7 m (22.96 ft)
Draft: 6 m (19.68 ft)
Installed power: 1 x MTU-396 16V (2,150 kW); 1 x Siemens Permasyn electric motor Type FR6439-3900KW (2,850 kW)
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h) submerged, 12 knots surfaced[3]
  • 8,000 nm (14,800 km, or 9,196 miles) at 8 knots (15 km/h) surfaced
  • 3 weeks without snorkeling, 12 weeks overall
Endurance: Surface 14,800 km at 15 km/h, Subsurface 780 km at 15 km/h, 3,000 nm at 4 kts,
Test depth: over 700 m (2,296 ft)[4]
Complement: 5 officers, 22 men
Sensors and
processing systems:
CSU 90 (DBQS-40FTC), Sonar: ISUS90-20, Radar: Kelvin Hughes Type 1007 I-band nav.,
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
EADS FL 1800U suite
Armament: 6 x 533 mm torpedo tubes (in 2 forward pointing groups of 3) with 13[5] DM2A4, A184 Mod.3, Black Shark Torpedo, IDAS missiles and 24 external naval mines (optional)

She was laid down in December 2001 by Howaldtswerke, Kiel, launched in July 2006 and commissioned on 3 May 2007. She is under the patronage of the Bavarian town of Starnberg.


U-34 is currently part of the 1st Ubootgeschwader, based in Eckernförde. She sailed from Eckernförde on 22 January 2009, bound for the Mediterranean to participate in the anti-terrorism mission Operation Active Endeavour. She was again deployed with Operation Active Endeavour in the south-eastern Mediterranean in May 2011. During this time she trialled the multi-crew concept, with three crews taking turns manning the submarine until her return to port on 11 December 2011. This was deemed a success, with the sailors' time commitment and the downtime of the boat significantly reduced.[6]

On 25 May 2015 U-34 left Eckernförde and arrived at Tallinn on 30 May to join Standing NATO Maritime Group 2, taking part in exercises in the Baltic Sea as the group's 'Silent Partner'.[7] In September she took part in multinational CASEX exercises in the Baltic, with surface ships of the German, Polish and Swedish navies.[8] In October U-34 took part in Grüner Aal (Green Eel) manoeuvres, a series of torpedo training exercises with the Royal Norwegian Navy.[9] On 30 March 2016 U-34 deployed from Eckernförde to the coast of Scotland, joining Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 and taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior, returning to her homeport in May.[10]


  1. "MTU 16V 396 diesel engine". Archived from the original on 2006-12-06. Retrieved 2006-10-08.
  2. Holger Naaf: Die Brennstoffzelle auf U 212 A (PDF, German). Bundesanstalt für Wasserbau, Wehrtechnische Dienststelle für Schiffe und Marinewaffen Eckernförde, 23. September 2008.
  3. "Uboote Klasse 212A". Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  4. "Deutsche Marine TV-Interview" (in German). Retrieved 2007-04-17.
  5. "Dette er ubåtsjefens våte drøm - nyheter". 2010-11-18. Retrieved 2011-12-27.
  6. Presse- und Informationszentrum Marine (12 December 2011). "Zu Weihnachten wieder daheim" (in German). Bundeswehr. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  7. Presse- und Informationszentrum Marine (3 June 2015). ""Silent Partner" - Eckernförder Uboot im Auftrag der NATO" (in German). Bundeswehr. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  8. Presse- und Informationszentrum Marine (21 September 2015). "Gemeinsame Übungen auf See" (in German). Bundeswehr. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  9. Presse- und Informationszentrum Marine (19 October 2015). "Torpedoschießen bei Übung Grüner Aal 2015" (in German). Bundeswehr. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  10. Presse- und Informationszentrum Marine (7 April 2016). ""U 34" erfolgreich in die SNMG 1 integriert" (in German). Bundeswehr. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
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