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German Navy commissions Baden-Württemberg-class frigate Sachsen-Anhalt.

| 2021

According to a tweet published by the Deutsche Marine (German Navy) on May 17, 2021, the Navy commissioned the Baden-Württemberg-class frigate Sachsen-Anhalt during a ceremony in Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Baden-Württemberg-class frigates Sachsen-Anhalt F224 in Wilhelmshaven (Picture source: Twitter account of the German Navy)

Sachsen-Anhalt (F224) is the third ship of the Baden-Württemberg-class frigates of the German Navy.

Sachsen-Anhalt was laid down on 4 June 2014 and launched on 4 March 2016 in Hamburg, Germany. After considerable delay following her launch to repair defects identified during construction she was delivered to the Navy in March 2021.

The F125-class frigates are built by ARGE F125 consortium, lead by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and supplemented by Blohm + Voss, Nordsweerke and Lurssen Werft. A total of four vessels will be built for the German Navy.

Although the F125-class ships are frigates their displacement is much larger, closer to that of a destroyer, as it reaches 7,200 tonnes. They are built to replace the eight Bremen-class frigates, which entered service in the ‘80s, and carry out a wide range of missions, both combat and humanitarian.

Their crew is comprised on average of 150 sailors, although that can change depending on the mission. The vessels’ main weapons are the Oto Melara 127/64 LW gun, 2 x remote-controlled 27 mm Rheinmetall MLG27 cannons, 5 x HITROLE naval turrets with 12.7 mm heavy machine guns, 8 x Boeing RGM-84 Harpoon missiles, 2 x Raytheon RIM-116 RAM CIWS systems and a series of non-lethal weapons.

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