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German Brandenburg-class frigate Bayern enters South China Sea.

| 2021

According to information published by Al Arabiya on December 15, 2021, the German Brandenburg-class frigate Bayern sailed into the South China Sea for the first time in almost 20 years.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 F123 Brandenburg-class frigate Bayern (Picture source: Pinterest)

Bayern is an F123 Brandenburg-class frigate of the German Navy.

The Brandenburg-class frigates are 138.85 meters (455.5 ft) long, have a maximum draught of 6.3 meters (21 ft) and a beam of 16.7 meters (55 ft).

A CODOG propulsion system is used, combining two MTU diesel engines and two General Electric LM2500 gas turbines for a total installed power of 38 MW.

The ships achieve a maximum speed of more than 29 knots (54 km/h; 33 mph). They have a displacement of 4,700 tonnes.

Their sensors include a Thales LW08 D-Band air search radar, a Thales SMART-S F-Band surface radar, a Thales STIR-180 fire-control radar, two Raytheon Redpath I-Band navigation radars, a low-frequency active sonar system (LFASS) towed array, and a mounted sonar by STN Atlas.

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