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 April||Pta. Delgada (Azores)|
|2nd May||-||12th May||Roosevelt Roads (Puerto Rico)|
|16nd May||-||19th May||St. Juan (Puerto Rico)|
|4th June||-||9th June||Washington DC.|
|13th June||-||26th June||Groton, CT.|
|2nd July||-||7th July||New York|
|22nd July||-||26th July||Pta. 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.