May 14, 2021 (Google Translation) – On Monday, May 17, 2021 at 2 p.m., the German Navy, the “Sachsen-Anhalt”, will put the third of a total of four F125 class frigates into service.
“I am very happy about the commissioning of the third of four units. We urgently need the unit, on the one hand to relieve our existing units of obligations and on the other hand to use this platform to train our crews due to the lack of training infrastructure on land,” explains Flotilla Admiral Ralf Kuchler (51), commander of the flotilla 2.
On the orders of the Deputy Inspector of the Navy and Commander of the Fleet and Support Forces, Vice Admiral Rainer Brinkmann (63), Frigate Captain Elmar Bornkessel (45), Commander of the F125 “Delta” crew, will put the frigate into service. “With the commissioning of the ‘Sachsen-Anhalt’, the long phase of testing and takeover, which we can look back on with pride, ends,” says frigate captain Bornkessel. The small group of invited guests includes, among others, the Prime Minister of the ship’s sponsoring country, Mr. Reiner Haseloff (67), as well as the Defense Commissioner of the Bundestag, Ms. Eva Högl (52).
In addition to the “Baden-Württemberg” and the “Nordrhein-Westfalen”, this ship is also operated with a multi-crew concept. The state-of-the-art, yet robust technology enables intensive use with up to two years of standing time in the operational area without a planned shipyard stay. Thanks to the high level of automation, the ships can also go to sea with a crew of just 120 women and men. For comparison: the “older” frigates of the German Navy require almost twice as much crew.
With the frigates of the F125 class, the navy gains the capabilities for extensive tactical fire support for army forces on land and for defense against asymmetric threats. With the four so-called buster boats and the on-board helicopters, each frigate has, in addition to an extended reconnaissance and weapon range, extensive means of transport in order to be able to use its own special or specialized forces for rescue and evacuation, for armed repatriation and for operations against opposing forces. With the embarked marine helicopters, they are also able to be integrated into a modern anti-submarine group. Due to their generous embarkation capacities, the ships are also well suited for association management. The navy also sets new standards with the chambers for the crew.