Keel Laid for Corvette Karlsruhe

October 6, 2020 (Google Translation) – On Tuesday, October 6th, 2020, the keel-laying of the eighth corvette will take place in a festive ceremony at the Wolgast Peene Shipyard. The corvette will be named “Karlsruhe”. Due to the corona pandemic regulations, the solemn act takes place in the smallest group of participants.

In September 2017, the construction of five more corvettes by 2025 was commissioned, so that the German Navy will have ten corvettes in the future. All corvettes will then belong to the 1st Corvette Squadron in Rostock-Warnemünde.

The ships of the class K130 were put into service from 2008. The corvettes of the Braunschweig class are state-of-the-art, particularly in terms of ship technology as well as weapon and command systems. The five planned new corvettes will be named “Köln”, “Emden”, “Karlsruhe”, “Augsburg” and “Lübeck”. The cities of the same name also sponsor the corvettes. The naval leadership selected these names on the basis of various criteria. Following the line of the traditional decree of the Bundeswehr, the Navy decided on ship names from its own history. When awarding the sponsorships and names, the Navy also continued the basic line of the first corvettes of the Braunschweig class K130, which are already in service.

Boats 6-10 are supplied by the consortium (ARGE) K130, consisting of Fr. Lürssen Werft, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems and GERMAN NAVAL YARDS KIEL. Two foreships are manufactured and pre-equipped at the Lürssen shipyard in Bremen, three at the Kiel location of GERMAN NAVAL YARDS. The five aft aisles are manufactured at the Wolgast Peene shipyard. The employees of the Lürssen subsidiary Blohm + Voss are responsible for merging the fore and aft section.

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