June 10, 2020 (Google Translation) – Today, the German Navy put “Nordrhein-Westfalen”, the second of a total of four frigates in class F125, into service. The ship will belong to the 4th Frigate Squadron, one of the units in Operation Flotilla 2, and will be based at the Wilhelmshaven naval base.
“We are delighted to be commissioning the second unit of the F125 class. It is an important milestone towards full operational readiness, because we now have two platforms that give us the opportunity to independently conduct operational training and thus the weapon system for the navy fully available “, said Flotilla Admiral Ralf Kuchler (50), Commander of Operation Flotilla 2.
At the order of the native of Westphalia, Vice Admiral Rainer Brinkmann (62), commander of the fleet and support staff, frigate captain Stefan Schulz (49), commander of the “Charlie” crew and also Westphalian, will put the frigate into service.
“After an intensive and successful testing phase, the commissioning of the frigate ‘Nordrhein-Westfalen’ is another milestone in the modernization of our German Navy. The crew ‘Charlie’ played a major part in this and is now looking forward to the upcoming training with exciting anticipation to meet the immense needs Ability to finally use the capabilities of this modern system under operational conditions, “said frigate captain Stefan Schulz.
The invited guests also included the Prime Minister of the ship’s sponsor country, Mr. Armin Laschet (59), and the Parliamentary State Secretary Dr. Peter Tauber (45), as well as the members of the Bundestag Siemtje Möller (36) and Ingo Gädechens (59).
“The Bundeswehr embodies our liberal and defensive democracy and is firmly anchored in Nordrhein-Westfalen. That is why the name of the frigate is so fitting: As a traveling ambassador for our country, she will travel the world’s oceans to ensure peace and freedom The mission of the frigate ‘Nordrhein-Westfalen’ directly serves our well-being. Sponsorship for the frigate is a matter close to my heart, which is also brought to the citizens through the ‘Freundeskreis Frigate Nordrhein-Westfalen’. I wish the frigate all the time Have a good trip and always a hand’s breadth of water under your keel, “said Prime Minister Laschet.