Frigate F208 Niedersachsen
Blohm & Voss
|Succeeded by:||F125 class frigate|
(Combined diesel or gas)
2 MTU 20V956 TB92 diesel engines, 8.14 MW total
2 General Electric LM2500 gas turbines, 38 MW total
2 Renk STG 150-50 gearboxes, 10:1 (diesel) and 720:47 (turbine)
2 propeller shafts, controllable pitch, five bladed Sulzer-Escher propellerss, later replaced with seven bladed ones from Wegemann & Co ("Bremen" only)
4 Deutz MWM diesel-generators, 750kW
|Range:||more than 4,000 nautical miles (7,000 km) at 18 knots|
|Complement:||202 crew plus 20 aviation|
|1 EADS TRS-3D air search radar (three dimensional)
1 WM 25 combined surface search and fire control radar I/J band
1 Thales Nederland STIR 180 fire-control radar I/J/K band
1 Kelvin Hughes Nucleus 5000 I band navigation radar
1 STN Atlas DSQS-23BZ hull-mounted sonar
|ESM/ECM EADS FL 1800S
2 SCLAR decoys
SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy
|Armament:||1 8-cell launch system, 16 Sea Sparrow surface to air missiles
2 MK 49 launcher, 21 RAM each
2 quadruple Harpoon anti-ship missile launchers
1 OTO-Melara 76 mm dual-purpose gun
2 Mauser MLG27 27 mm autocannons.
2 Mark 32 324 mm twin torpedo launchers, 8 DM4A1 or Mark 46 torpedo
|Aircraft carried:||Place for 2 Sea Lynx Mk.88A helicopters equipped with torpedoes, air-to-surface missiles Sea Skua, and/or heavy machine gun.|
The eight F122 Bremen class frigates of the German Navy have been commissioned between 1982 and 1990. The design is similar to the Dutch Kortenaer class but uses a different hull and propulsion system. The ships were built for anti-submarine warfare as primary task even though they are not fitted with towed array sonars. They are also suited for anti-aircraft warfare and anti-surface warfare.
The four oldest Bremen class frigates will be replaced by the planned F125 class frigates, starting probably around 2014. Until then they will serve as the backbone of the German Navy.
During the Cold War period, the ships' main war task was to escort convoys for reinforcement and resupply of Allied forces in Europe. They frequently took part in NATO Standing Naval Forces. Since 1990, all ships have served in additional supporting missions such as the embargo operations against former Yugoslavia in the Adriatic Sea or Operation Enduring Freedom against the international terrorism.
During their lifetime, the ships' equipment has frequently been modernised and a further adaptation of combat systems is foreseen in near future.
The Karlsruhe successfully assisted an Egyptian freighter repel pirates on December 25, 2008 in the Gulf of Aden.
|F207||Bremen||DRAQ||July 9, 1979||Bremer Vulkan||September 27, 1979||May 7, 1982|
|F208||Niedersachsen||DRAR||November 9, 1980||AG Weser||June 9, 1980||October 15, 1982|
|F209||Rheinland-Pfalz||DRAS||September 25, 1979||Blohm & Voss||September 3, 1980||May 9, 1983|
|F210||Emden||DRAT||June 23, 1979||Nordseewerke||December 17, 1980||October 7, 1983|
|F211||Köln||DRAU||June 16, 1980||Blohm & Voss||May 29, 1981||October 19, 1984|
|F212||Karlsruhe||DRAV||March 10, 1981||Howaldtswerke||January 8, 1982||April 19, 1984|
|F213||Augsburg||DRAN||April 4, 1987||Bremer Vulkan||September 17, 1987||October 3, 1989|
|F214||Lübeck||DRAO||June 1, 1987||Nordseewerke||October 15, 1987||March 19, 1990|
All ships are based in Wilhelmshaven together they form the 4. Fregattengeschwader (4th Frigate Squadron) of the German Navy.
Frigate F207 Bremen
F208 Niedersachsen in New York, 2004
Frigate F211 Köln
Frigate F209 Rheinland-Pfalz
Frigate F214 Lübeck