German Navy officially commissioned its first Baden-Württemberg-class frigate, Baden-Wurttemberg (F222), during a ceremony attended by German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, on June 17.
“The German Navy now has in service the most modern and powerful frigate which was ever built in Germany”, said a statement released by the vessel’s builder, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS).
Baden-Württemberg-class frigates are designed and constructed by ARGE F125, a joint-venture of TKMS and Fr. Lürssen Werft. The pre-fitted bow sections are being manufactured at the shipyards of the Lürssen Group in Bremen and Wolgast. Construction of the stern sections, the joining of the two sections and further fitting out was being carried out at Blohm+Voss Shipyards in Hamburg under the leadership of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems.
The contract for the construction of the four frigates became effective in June 2007. The concept, design and a detailed design phase followed. Around 90 percent of the highly complex systems on board the F125 were specially developed for this new class of ships. Due to this high complexity and the related, different challenges as well as the further modular development of the ship during the project, “Baden-Württemberg” was delivered about 3 years after the contractually agreed date.
The second class F125 ship, the “Nordrhein-Westfalen” (“North Rhine-Westphalia”), will be ready to be handed over to the German Navy in 2019. The handing over of the 3rd and 4th ship is planned to take place successively within the next 2 years.
The Baden-Württemberg-class vessels will replace the German Navy’s older F122 Bremen-class frigates.
Key data for the F125:
+ Length: 149 m
+ Width: 18 m
+ Maximum speed: >26 knots
+ Displacement: approx. 7,000 t
+ Crew: max. 190 (of which up to 120 regular crew members)