First Steel Cutting of German Navy F125 Class Frigate

Guests and representatives from politics, defense and industry gathered at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany for the steel cutting ceremony marking the commencement of production of the new F125 Baden Württemberg Class Frigate for the German Navy. Keel-laying will take place in November 2011 and delivery of the first vessel is planned for 2016. The order for four vessels was placed in 2007 by the Federal (German) Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB), with ARGE 125, an industrial consortium formed by Blohm and Voss Nordseewerke (BVN) and Friedrich Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co. The propulsion system provides for the combination of a GE LM2500 gas turbine of 20,000 kW, with two 4,500 kW electric motors in a CODELAG (combined diesel-electric and gas turbine) configuration using Renk gears with a cross-connect gear. Slow and cruising speeds are achieved using the electric motors, for full speed, additional power is supplied by the gas turbine. [More]

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