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For the second time, a member of the Bundestag is demanding the procurement of five K130 Corvettes. Ingo Gädechens, member of the Bundestag, CDU chairman in the Defense Committee and an expert on Mary from Schleswig-Holstein, is calling for the construction of a further five K130 Corvettes in order to replace the K130 Corvettes that were put into service in 2008 with new ones.

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Member of the Bundestag Ingo Gädechens (CDU) in front of a ship model

In 1995, the Bundeswehr asked for a concept to replace the speedboats with 15 corvettes. Finally, only five corvettes were realized, which were built from 2001 by a consortium consisting of Fr. Lürssen Werft, Nordseewerke Emden and Blohm + Voss. The start of use was overshadowed by serious technical defects, which led to the temporary closure of the entire fleet. It was four and a half years more than originally planned before the last corvette was handed over. The procurement costs were estimated at 1.2 billion euros and were exceeded by 117 million euros.

Against the background of the changed security situation, the members of the Bundestag Eckhardt Rehberg (CDU) from Warnemünde and Johannes Kahrs (SPD) from Hamburg, both then spokesmen for their parliamentary group in the Budget Committee, demanded the procurement of a second construction lot K130 with five corvettes. The ships correspond to the layout of the first lot, but the aggregates and sensors have been modernized. This modernization will be included in the first lot as part of obsolescence elimination in order to maintain a uniform state of construction of all corvettes. After protest, the German Naval Yards was accepted into the ARGE K130 working group. Construction of the corvettes started in 2019. The first ship - the Cologne Corvette - is scheduled to be handed over to the Bundeswehr in autumn 2022. The fifth K130 of the second lot should be delivered by 2025. The procurement costs are estimated at two billion euros.

Gädechens does not want to increase the number of corvettes with the third lot K130, which is due to run in after 2025, but to replace the approximately 15-year-old ships of the first lot with new, state-of-the-art buildings before the necessary overhaul. This is not only cheaper, but also avoids long docking times for the maintenance of the ships, according to Gädechens. The used ships could then be sold to NATO partners, for example.

Last but not least, the shipyard location in northern Germany would be strengthened and utilized in the long term.

Gerhard Heiming