The Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has received the last of four F125 frigates, named as Rheinland-Pfalz.
The frigate has been handed over by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS).
The four F125 frigates have been built by ARGE F125 consortium, comprising TKMS and NVL Group, under a contract signed in 2007.
thyssenkrupp Marine Systems CEO Dr Rolf Wirtz said: “We have now delivered all of the type F125 ships. The other three vessels are already in the in-service phase and have since proven their technical capabilities and reliability.
“We are convinced that the fourth vessel, the RHEINLAND-PFALZ, will also be successful. We wish the ship and crew ‘fair winds and following seas’. Full operational readiness of all ships for the German Navy remains our most important goal.”
The frigate’s pre-fitted bow sections were manufactured at NVL’s shipyards in Bremen and in Wolgast on the Baltic Sea.
Furthermore, work on the stern sections, additional fit out, commissioning and trials were carried out at the NVL’s shipyard Blohm+Voss in Hamburg.
The first F125-class ship is due for commissioning in mid-2023.
The new vessels are equipped to support the current and future deployment scenarios, such as conflict prevention, crisis management and intervention/stabilisation operations in the international arena.
Capable of remaining at sea for 24 months, the four 149m-long frigates have a maximum speed of 26 knots, displacement of around 7,000t and can accommodate a maximum crew of 190.
Furthermore, the F125-class ships feature highly complex systems and about 28,000 sensors, as well as air defence systems and helicopters.
In 2021, BAAINBw signed a comprehensive support contract with ARGE F125, regarding the technical logistic support (TLS) for the F125 frigates.