German Navy’s Third F125 Baden-Württemberg-class Frigate, Sachsen-Anhalt Starts Trials

The German Navy’s third F125 Baden-Württemberg-class frigate, the future FGS Sachsen-Anhalt (F224) left the shipyard in Hamburg for scheduled in-port trials, on Feb. 22, 2018.

The ship’s technical systems and equipment, including its propulsion system, maneuvering behavior and technical operations, will be tested over a period of around two weeks. The trials will take the ship from Hamburg via the river Elbe to the North Sea before returning to Hamburg after completing the test program.

In addition to technical specialists from the German defense procurement agency BAAINBw, the testing team from the ARGE F125 consortium, employees of other companies involved and members of the future naval crew are also on board. Following FGS Baden-Württemberg (F222) and the FGS Nordrhein-Westfalen (F223), the Sachsen-Anhalt is now the third of the F125 class frigates to take to the open seas.

The completely redesigned F125 class ships have an extremely high degree of automation with approximately 28,000 electric devices, permitting a significantly smaller crew size compared with previous frigate classes. At the same time, they are capable of remaining in their area of operation for up to two years. The newly developed ships are thus the first to implement the so-called intensive use principle.

In addition to the high level of automation, this is also made possible by a multiple-crew strategy that enables the entire crew to be swapped out during deployment. With sanitary facilities (including shower) in each cabin, a small gym and even internet connections, the ships meet the demands of modern crew members.

The ARGE F125 consortium comprises thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) as the lead company and Fr. Lürssen Werft in Bremen. The pre-fitted bow sections were manufactured at the Fr. Lürssen Werft shipyards in Bremen and Wolgast. Construction of the stern sections, the joining of the two sections and further fitting out is being carried out at Blohm+Voss Shipyards in Hamburg under the direction of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems.

F125 Baden-Württemberg-class

The F125 Baden-Württemberg-class frigates are a class of frigate of the German Navy, which is design and constructed by ARGE F125 consortium , a joint-venture of Thyssen-Krupp and Lürssen.

The Baden-Württemberg-class are officially classified as frigates but in size they are comparable to destroyers, since, with a displacement of more than 7,200 tons, they will be the biggest class of frigate worldwide. They are to replace the F122 Bremen-class frigates.

An initial batch of four frigates was ordered by the German Navy on 26 June 2007 for around 2.2 billion Euros.

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