U-boats westward in 1997

Here now some more details about this outstanding training journey of U-17 and U-26, the 2 Bundesmarine U-boats in 1997.

The Bundesmarine U-boat U-17

The boats left Eckernförde on 1 April, 1997. The support ship Meersburg left Kiel on 3 April and meet the boats some days later in the Bay of Biscay.

The following harbour stops are planned:

12th April -15th AprilPta. Delgada (Azores)
2nd May -12th MayRoosevelt Roads (Puerto Rico)
16nd May -19th MaySt. Juan (Puerto Rico)
4th June- 9th June Washington DC.
13th June - 26th June Groton, CT.
2nd July -7th July New York
22nd July- 26th JulyPta. Delgada (Azores)

During the first leg of the patrol the U-boat unit will be the under the command of Fregkpt. Krause (Chief of the U-boats training centre), in St. Juan the command will be passed on to Fregkpt. Schneider (commander 1st U-boat squadron) and from Croton CT. have Fregkpt. Bartholomeyczik (commander 3rd U-boat squadron) will be commanding the unit.

The return is expected after 4 months on 5 August 1997, in Eckernförde.