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04 March 2016

German Navy Frigate SACHSEN-ANHALT Christened

Today, the third of a total of four 125-class frigates for the German Navy was christened SACHSEN-ANHALT at the Hamburg site of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS). Following the christening of the first two frigates BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG in December 2013 and NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN in April 2015, this is a further important milestone in the shipbuilding programme for this frigate class. Dr. Gabriele Haseloff, wife of the premier of the state of Saxony-Anhalt after which the frigate has been named, performed the christening ceremony in the presence of high-level representatives from government, the German Navy and the companies involved.

The SACHSEN-ANHALT frigate is scheduled to be handed over to the German defence procurement agency BAAINBw in early 2019. Commissioning and in-port trials of the first F125 frigate, the BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG, have now advanced to the stage where sea trials can commence as planned in spring this year. Handover of the BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG to the BAAINBw is scheduled for mid-2017. The contract for the F125 programme is worth around €2 billion in total.

"The F125 frigate class is a completely new type of ship," Dr. Hans Christoph Atzpodien, member of the Management Board of thyssenkrupp’s Industrial Solutions business area and chairman of the supervisory board of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, said. "With numerous innovations and a multiple-crew strategy it is a further showcase for the leading engineering expertise of German naval shipbuilding."

The ARGE F125 consortium which was awarded the contract to build four F125 class ships for the German Navy in 2007 comprises TKMS as the lead company and Fr. Lürssen Werft in Bremen. The pre-fitted bow sections are being manufactured at the Fr. Lürssen Werft shipyards in Bremen and Wolgast. Construction of the stern sections, the joining of the two sections and further fitting out is being carried out at Blohm+Voss Shipyards in Hamburg.

The four 125 class frigates will replace the German Navy’s eight (BREMEN type) 122 class frigates. The ships were developed specially for current and future deployment scenarios for the German Navy. In addition to the traditional tasks of national and alliance defence, the 125 class frigates are designed for conflict prevention, crisis management and intervention/stabilisation operations in the international arena. The ships are capable of remaining at sea for 24 months and thus represent the first realization of the intensive use concept, i.e. significantly increased availability in the deployment region. This capability is supported by a smaller crew and a multiple-crew strategy which permits a complete change of crew during deployment.