Damen Shipyards has signed a contract with ENGIE Axima Germany to design and supply heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems for the German Navy’s F126-class frigates.

The German company will also provide chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) protection systems and the refrigeration systems for the ships.

The latest contract is valid for several years.

It will secure jobs for some 80 ENGIE Axima employees at the Hamburg site and at the shipyard construction sites.

The contract’s planning and design work will start this month and the first frigate will be fitted with ENGIE Axima’s technology at shipbuilding company Blohm+Voss’ premises in Hamburg in the year 2024.

Commissioning of the systems aboard the F126-class frigates and supply of all main components and other materials are also covered in the contract.

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Damen noted that ENGIE Axima Germany, formerly known as Noske-Kaeser, will equip the onshore facilities accordingly.

Since 1990, Noske-Kaeser CBRN protection, air-conditioning/ventilation, refrigeration as well as firefighting systems have been used on 157 surface vessels and 81 submarines for several naval programmes.

Since then, more than 50 surface vessels and six submarines have been equipped for the German Navy.

Damen Naval managing director Hein van Ameijden said: “We’re thrilled to be able to award yet another major contract to a German subcontractor.

“The contract is of huge importance because the provision of HVAC technology will be key to ensuring the safety and well-being of the military personnel on board the F126 frigates. As such, we’re pleased to be able to rely on impressive German quality here.”

The German Navy is expected to receive the first ship in 2028.

All ships will be constructed in Hamburg, Kiel and Wolgast in Germany.

The F126 frigate is a new multi-purpose combat ship that will replace German Brandenburg-class frigates.