Production on the first of four 125 Class frigates (F125) for the German Navy has begun at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany.
The production follows the contract awarded to ARGE F125, a joint venture of ThyssenKrupp Marine System and Friedrich Lürssen Werft for production of four F125 frigates in June 2007.
The 149m-long F125 has a displacement capacity of 7,000t and can cruise at speeds of 26kt with accommodation for a crew of 190.
The F125 vessel has been designed for national and allied defence, peacekeeping initiatives, humanitarian rescue missions, combat terrorism and to defend against asymmetric threats.
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Delivery of the first vessel is planned for 2016, with the last vessel scheduled for delivery in 2018.