German Navy commissions third F125 frigate

Photo: German Navy

The German Navy formally welcomed its newest frigate into service during a ceremony on Monday, May 17.

Sachsen-Anhalt is the third of four F125 or Baden-Württemberg-class frigates being built for the navy by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS). It has a length of 149.52 metres, a beam of 18.8 metres, a draught of five metres, and space for 110 crew and 80 other personnel.

Armament includes surface-to-air missiles, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, a 127-millimetre naval gun, two 27-millimetre remotely operated autocannons, five 12.7-millimetre machine guns on remote weapon stations, and two manually-operated 12.7-millimetre machine guns.

The frigate is also designed to operate as a mothership for remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and four 11-metre rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) for at-sea interceptions and boardings.

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