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Brandenburg-class frigate
F218 Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
F218 Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Class overview
Builders: Blohm + Voss
Bremer Vulkan
Operators:  German Navy
Preceded by: Hamburg class destroyer
Built: 1992–5
In commission: 1994–
Completed: 4
Active: Brandenburg
General characteristics
Displacement: 3,600 tons (4,490t full load)[1]
Length: 138.85 metres (455.5 ft)[1]
Beam: 16.7 metres (55 ft)[1]
Draught: 4.35 metres (14.3 ft) (6.3 metres (21 ft) over sonar)[1]
Propulsion: CODOG (combined diesel or gas)
two propeller shafts, controllable pitch propellers
two MTU 20V 956 TB92 diesel-engines, 8.14 MW each
two General Electric LM2500 gas turbines, 38 MW total
two Renk BGS 178 Lo gearboxes
Speed: >29 knots (54 km/h; 33 mph)[1]
Range: 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 km; 4,600 mi)at 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)[1]
Complement: 26 officers, 193 enlisted[1]
Sensors and
processing systems:
One Thales LW08 air search D band radar
one Thales SMART-S air/surface surveillance F band radar
two Thales STIR 180 fire-control radar
two Raytheon Redpath I band navigation radar
one STN Atlas DSQS-23BZ hull-mounted sonar
one STN Atlas TASS 6-3 (LFTASS) towed array sonar (Bayern only)
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
1 EADS FL 1800S ECM suite
two OTO-Melara SCLAR launcher
four TKWA/MASS (Multi Ammunition Softkill System) decoy launcher (currently under procurement)
Aircraft carried: Two Sea Lynx helicopters equipped with ASW torpedoes, or air-to-surface missiles Sea Skua, and a heavy machine gun.

The F123 Brandenburg class is a class of German frigate. They were ordered by the German Navy in June 1989, and then completed and commissioned between 1994 and 1996 to replace the Hamburg class destroyers. These frigates primarily carry out antisubmarine warfare, but they also contribute to antiaircraft warfare defenses, the tactical command of squadrons, and surface-to-surface warfare operations. Their design includes some stealth features.

Currently the F123 class is being upgraded under the auspices of the Fähigkeitsanpassung FüWES (FAF) project. The primary component being upgraded under this program is the Combat Management System, for which a version of the Thales Nederland TACTICOS system will be used. The ships will also receive an IFF upgrade, to the EADS MSSR 2000 I secondary radar system. However, its primary radars, specifically its long-range 2D search radar, the Thales Nederland LW08, and its medium-range 3D surveillance radar, the Thales Nederland SMART-S, are to remain. The ships were to receive low-frequency active sonars under the Franco-German LFTASS programme but the French withdrew in 2000[2] and are now using a derivative of the British Sonar 2087; Bayern received the prototype TASS 6-3 sonar but it seems unlikely that more units will be ordered in the current budget environment.


List of ships

All ships of the class are named after German Bundesländer and are based in Wilhelmshaven as 2. Fregattengeschwader (2nd Frigate Squadron) of the Deutsche Marine.

Pennant Name Call
Laid down Shipyard Launched Commissioned
F215 Brandenburg DRAH February 11, 1992 Blohm + Voss August 28, 1992 October 14, 1994
F216 Schleswig-Holstein DRAI July 1, 1993 Howaldtswerke June 8, 1994 November 24, 1995
F217 Bayern DRAJ December 16, 1993 Nordseewerke June 30, 1994 June 15, 1996
F218 Mecklenburg-Vorpommern DRAK November 23, 1993 Bremer Vulkan February 23, 1995 December 1, 1996

See also


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