Damen Naval has selected Kongsberg Maritime Sweden to deliver propellers and shaft lines for the German Navy’s future F-126 frigates.

As part of this contract, Kongsberg will supply four shipsets of its controllable pitch propeller systems and associated equipment including blades, hubcaps, hubs and shaft lines.

Kongsberg Maritime sales Maria Bergsman said: “We are proud and excited to be partners with Damen in this very important programme.

“Our long relationship working closely with Damen and with a mutual understanding of the required technology, managed by our experienced and dedicated Project Management teams will be an important success factor in building these frigates.”

In 2020, the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) awarded a contract to Damen Naval for the design and construction of four F-126 frigates.

Expected to enter in service by 2028, the F-126 multi-purpose vessels can perform various warfare missions and other maritime operations.

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The 160m-long vessels will be capable of accommodating around 114 crew members, with 80 additional berths.

Construction of all the four F-126 vessels will be carried out entirely at Germany’s shipyards in Hamburg, Wolgast and Kiel.

Delivery of the ships is slated to take place between 2028 and 2031, with the option to build two more after 2032, with an extended scope of Kongsberg Maritime equipment.

Each ship includes two propellers and shaft lines, which has been developed in close cooperation between Damen Naval, Kongsberg Maritime, HSVA test institute from Hamburg and the classification society.