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one press release the Navy can be found that will be provided in a solemn ceremony in the presence of Federal Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen into service on Monday afternoon, June 17, 2019, the frigate "Baden-Württemberg" in Wilhelmshaven as the first ship of its class (F125) ,

As the ES & T reported, Had the first F125 by ARGE F125 on April 30, the Federal Office for equipment, information technology and use of the Bundeswehr (BAAINBw): accepted (Association F125 Kiel ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems as the leading company and the Bremen Lürssen Werft).

With the commissioning by Fregattenkapitän Markus Venker (46), the crew commander F125 Alpha, starts a new era for the Marine: a high degree of automation allows a comparatively low manning (120); the multi-crew concept and intensive use make idle times up to two years in the mission area without scheduled dry-dock period (in terms of pit stops) possible. Therefore stood of four frigates when politically desired, two ships constantly for applications or use the same tasks and another for training in lake. The current level of availability is 66 percent. Add to this the ability to work with army units on land comes (tactical fire support). The Navy points out that a variety of systems and sub-systems of the F125 are new developments and individually designed for this class. Example: 28,000 Sensors enable very high degree of automation. Apparently, the test drives since the takeover by the BAAINBw and inspections of facilities and equipment could meet expectations. As can be learned from naval circles, especially the Eloka plant remains on the to-do list.

Now it is time to collect the first experience with this class of ships. The multi-crew concept and the long period of operation shall be validated - the "Baden-Württemberg" is the world's first warship with intensive use. When a first visit is scheduled, is today pure speculation. Also a connection with a passage of the Taiwan Strait for the first time on 05 June 2019 from the policy journal Politico was expressed and discussed especially in the German daily magazine world.

Details of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, according to the second ship of the class F125, which are also not passed this year to the Navy "Nordrhein-Westfalen" can; the delivery of the third and the fourth vessel to take place within the next 2 years.

Hans Uwe Mergener