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Germany to send Brandenburg-class frigate Bayern to Indo-Pacific.

| 2021

According to information published by the German Federal Foreign Office on August 2, 2021, the Brandenburg-class frigate Bayern left the North-West German port of Wilhelmshaven for Asia. On a voyage lasting around six months, the ship will join in maritime monitoring of the UN sanctions against North Korea, dock at ports in partner countries and take part in multilateral activities.
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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: Bundeswehr)

Bayern is an F123 Brandenburg-class frigate of the German Navy. They were ordered by the German Navy in June 1989, and then completed and commissioned between 1994 and 1996 to replace the Hamburg-class destroyers.

These frigates primarily carry out anti-submarine warfare, but they also contribute to anti-aircraft warfare defenses, the tactical command of squadrons, and surface-to-surface warfare operations. Their design includes some stealth features.

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.

These sensors are used to control and guide the main weapons, which are two twin MBDA MM-38 Exocet launchers, a Lockheed Martin Mk41 Mod3 VLS with 16 cells for NATO Sea Sparrow missile, two RAM systems with 21 cells each, two twin ATK Mk46 torpedo launching tubes, an Oto Melara 76/62 main gun and two Rheinmetall Rh202 20mm guns.

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