Germany Takes Delivery of Second F125 Baden-Württemberg-Class Frigate, Nordrhein-Westfalen

The ARGE F125 consortium, formed between thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) and Lürssen, has delivered the German Navy’s second F125 Baden-Württemberg-class frigate, FGS Nordrhein-Westfalen (F223), to the German procurement agency BAAINBw.

The acceptance ceremony took place at the naval base in Wilhelmshaven on March 3. The ship had arrived there the day before from the shipyard in Hamburg. Onboard the vessel, representatives of the F125 consortium and BAAINBw (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr, “Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support”) signed the acceptance documents.

The BAAINBw in Koblenz was represented by project manager Marc Steffens and the Head of the Acceptance Commission, Wolfgang Lotz, while ARGE project manager Christian Rogge from TKMS represented the industry. Delegates from the German Navy also took part in the acceptance ceremony.

Following the delivery, the “complete prerequisites for the operability of the ship” will be provided by the Navy and the future crew will receive further training onboard.

“The F125 is the most modern frigate in Germany and one of the most modern frigates in the world. Here we are implementing the concept of intensive use for the first time. This is unique worldwide. We are proud to make a significant contribution to the operational capability of our Navy and the defence of our country with these ships”, said Rolf Wirtz, CEO of TKMS.

The frigate FGS Nordrhein-Westfalen is the second of four F125 Baden-Württemberg-class vessels being built for the German Navy under the leadership of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS). The vessels will replace the German Navy’s older F122 Bremen-class frigates.

The F125-class are officially classified as frigates but in size, they are comparable to destroyers. With a displacement of more than 7,200 tons, they will be the biggest class of frigate worldwide.

ARGE F125 consortium comprises TKMS as the lead company and the Bremen-based Fr. Lürssen shipyard. The pre-fitted bow sections were produced at the shipyards of the Lürssen Group in Bremen and in Wolgast on the Baltic Sea. Construction of the stern sections, the joining of the two vessel halves, further fitting-out, commissioning and testing all took place at the Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg under the direction of thyssenkrupp.

The lead ship of the F125 class, the FGS Baden-Wurttemberg (F222), was christened in December 2013, handed over to BAAINBw at the end of April 2019 and commissioned into service in June 2019. The third unit, FGS Sachsen-Anhalt (F224), is slated for delivery this year and the fourth, FGS Rheinland-Pfalz (F225), in 2021.

F125 Specs:

+ Length: 149 m
+ Width: 18 m
+ Maximum speed: >26 knots
+ Displacement: approx. 7,200 t
+ Crew: max. 190 (of which up to 120 regular crew members)

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