German submarine U-31 (S181)

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Career (Germany)
Name: U-31
Builder: Nordseewerke, Emden
Howaldtswerke, Kiel
Launched: 20 March 2002
Commissioned: 19 October 2005
Fate: Still in service.
Class and type: Type 212A
Service record
Part of: Deutsche Marine
Commanders: Lars Ruth
Victories: None.

U-31 (S181) is the first Type 212A submarine of the German Navy.

It was built by TKMS at the shipyards of Thyssen Nordseewerke of Emden and Howaldtswerke at Kiel. The baptism took place on March 20, 2002, and the submarine was ceremonially put into service along with its sister ship U 32 by German Minister of Defence Peter Struck in Eckernförde on October 19, 2005. U 31 is powered by one diesel engine and an electric motor driven by nine fuel cells, making it virtually undetectable.

Korvettenkapitän Lars Ruth is the submarine's commanding officer.


This article incorporates information from the revision as of September 13, 2006 of the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.

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