ARGE F125 has handed over the second F125 frigate to the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw).

Nordrhein-Westfalen has been built by the ARGE F125, a consortium led by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, and includes Bremen-based Lürssen shipyard.

Under the contract, thyssenkrupp will build a total of four F125 frigates for the German Navy.

The first ship of the F125 series, Baden-Württemberg, was delivered in In April 2019. The ship entered service with the navy in June the same year.

The third ship is expected to be delivered this year, and the fourth unit next year.

Following the delivery of the vessel, the navy will take over the responsibility of providing ‘complete prerequisites for the operability of the ship’, including offering operability and the training to its crew.

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thyssenkrupp Marine Systems CEO Rolf Wirtz said: “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.”

Equipped with 28,000 sensors, the F125 vessels have the capability to maintain a presence in the operational area for up to two years.

The ships have been designed to conduct crisis management, conflict prevention, intervention and stabilisation operations.

The 149m-long vessel has an approximate displacement capacity of 7,200t and can cruise at a maximum speed of more than 26k. It can accommodate a maximum of 190 people, including 126 regular crew.

As part of the consortium, Lürssen produces pre-fitted bow sections at its shipyards in Bremen and Wolgast. The Blohm+Voss shipyard is responsible for building stern sections and joining the vessel’s two halves, as well as fitting-out, commissioning and testing.