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Keel laying ceremony for third 125 class frigate in Hamburg


The third of a total of four 125 class frigates for the German Navy was laid down today at the Hamburg site of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, a company of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions. The keel laying ceremony, attended by representatives from politics, defense and industry, marks an important milestone in the construction of the ship.

The first of the 125 class frigates was christened "Baden-Württemberg" in December 2013 and was undocked as planned in spring 2014. Delivery to the German Navy is scheduled for November 2016. The other frigates are being built one after the other, with the last of the four ships due for delivery in 2019. The contract is worth around two billion euros in total.

ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems heads the ARGE F125 consortium – which also includes Fr. Lürssen Werft – that was awarded the contract to build four F125 class ships for the German Navy in 2007. The pre-fitted bow sections are being manufactured at the Fr. Lürssen Werft 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 122 Bremen class frigates. The ships were developed specially for current and future mission scenarios. In addition to the traditional tasks of national and alliance defense, the 125 class frigates are designed for conflict prevention, crisis management as well as international intervention and stabilization missions. The ships are capable of remaining at sea for 24 months and will be the first to implement the intensive use principle, i.e. significantly enhanced availability in the area of operation. This capability is supported by a reduced crew size and a two-crew strategy under which the crew can be swapped out on location.


Main data of the 125 class frigate:

Length 149 m
Width 18 m
Maximum speed >26 knots
Displacement approx. 7000 t
Crew max. 190 (of which up to 120 regular crew members)


ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems is one of the leading European system providers for submarines and naval vessels. The company stands for marine competence, innovative technologies and comprehensive and reliable service. With locations in Kiel, Hamburg and Emden, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems is part of the Industrial Solutions business area of the ThyssenKrupp Group.

A full range of specialist engineering and construction services and a shipbuilding history stretching back centuries are the strengths of the Industrial Solutions business area. High-quality engineering is at the center of our success. Global project management skills, first-class system integration expertise, reliable procurement and supplier management, and a service offering meeting the highest standards form the basis for lasting customer satisfaction. Around 18,500 employees at over 70 locations form a global network with a technology portfolio that guarantees maximum productivity and cost-efficiency.


Contact for journalists:

ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG
Cosima Rauner
Telefon: +49 (0) 201 844 553249
Telefax: +49 (0) 201 8456 553249

ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG
Torben Beckmann
Telefon: +49 (0) 201 844 532200
Telefax: +49 (0) 201 8456 532200


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