The military research & survey ship Planet

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Planet of the German Navy is the most modern naval research ship within NATO. It was built as a SWATH design in order to reduce the hull volume and to increase the ship’s stability, particularly in high seas and at high speed. It is used for geophysics and naval technology trials and research. While technically not armed, it is equipped with torpedo launch capability. Other weapons systems can be installed for weapon trials.

Due to the construction, the buoyancy is mainly generated by the floating bodies, which are completely submerged in the water. The thin struts that connect both floats to the hull hardly contribute to buoyancy. Even in bad weather and rough seas, this enables the ship to remain in a very quiet position. It therefore offers ideal conditions for hydrographic research work on the high seas.

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One half of the fuselage is intended for testing sonar devices and acoustic sensors, the other half for testing torpedoes and anti-torpedo weapons. For this purpose, the ship is equipped with a torpedo launch facility, which is located in the starboard float. Another important task of the ship is the determination of salinity, density, currents and other hydrographic parameters. The thermocline that depends on it determines the locatability of submarines.

In addition to the NATO research ship Alliance, the Planet is one of the quietest motor-driven surface vessels in the world. The ship can stay at sea for up to 30 days, covering up to 5,000 nautical miles before having to enter a port.

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