First 125-class frigate laid down


The first 125 class frigate (F125) for the German Navy has been formally laid down by Blohm + Voss at a ceremony at the company’s Hamburg shipyard.

The ceremony was organised by the F125 Work Group, consisting of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (which commissioned Blohm + Voss Naval to complete the order) and Friedrich Lürssen Werft.

Following a three-year design and management phase, and six months after production started on the first section, the laying-down of the first hull section sees construction of the first frigate proceeding according to schedule.

The contract signed by Blohm + Voss in June 2007 stipulates the production of a total of four F125 frigates, which are to be delivered between spring 2016 and 2018. They will replace the German Navy’s oldest Bremen class vessels.

The 125 class has been designed and equipped for deployment as part of allied defence missions and crisis prevention, as well as supporting humanitarian rescue missions, counter-terrorism and the combating of asymmetric threats.

The vessels will have a length of 149 metres and a breadth of 18 metres, with a displacement of approximately 7,000 tonnes. The F125 will have a maximum speed exceeding 26 knots, with a core complement of up to 120 and a maximum of 190.

The ships will be armed with eight RGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles (until joint sea/land attack missile RBS 15 MK4 becomes available), two RAM Block II surface-to-air missile launcher/CIWS with 21 cells each, one 127 mm lightweight Otobreda naval gun with guided VULCANO ammunition for land-attack missions, two 27 mm MLG 27 remote-controlled autocannons, five 12.7 mm Hitrole-NT remote-controlled machine gun turrets and two 12.7 mm heavy machine guns. In addition, two NH-90 helicopters will be carried.