Named after Theodor Riedel, commander of the 6.
torpedo half-flotilla in World War I , who died during the battle of
Z6 Theodor Riedel
took part in the the ill fated mine laying operation in February
1940 (Operation Wikinger) . During in Operation Weserübung the RieZ6
Theodor Riedel was part of the Kriegsschiffgruppe 2 heading
Assigned to the 5th destroyer flotilla, the ship
was first stationed in Norway, after a short assignment in France it
returned to Norway again. In December 1942, the ship took part in
the Battle of the Barents Sea and in September 1943 it was used
during Operation Sizilien.
In November 1943, Z6 Theodor Riedel was
used for escort duties between Norway and Germany and patrols at
Jutland, stationed in Horten. In the final days of the war, the
destroyer was part of the evacuation fleet in East Prussia and
decommissioned on 09.05.1945. Taken over by the British, given to
France in February 1946. Renamed as Kleber , in service
until 21.04.1957. Later used as hulk Q86 , scrapped 1958.