Brandenburg-class frigate

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 anti-submarine warfare, but they also contribute to anti-aircraft warfare defenses, the tactical command of squadrons, and surface-to-surface warfare operations. Their design includes some stealth features.

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Schleswig-Holstein on 26 September 2010
Class overview
NameBrandenburg class
Operators German Navy
Preceded by Bremen-class frigate
Succeeded by Sachsen-class frigate
Cost303 million per unit
In commission1994–present
  • Brandenburg
  • Schleswig-Holstein
  • Bayern
  • Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
General characteristics
Displacement3,600 tons (4,490t full load)[1]
Length138.85 metres (455.5 ft)[1]
Beam16.7 metres (55 ft)[1]
Draught4.35 metres (14.3 ft) (6.3 metres (21 ft) over sonar)[1]
Speed>29 knots (54 km/h; 33 mph)[1]
Range4,000 nautical miles (7,400 km; 4,600 mi)at 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)[1]
Complement26 officers, 193 enlisted[1]
Sensors and
processing systems
Electronic warfare
& decoys
Aircraft carriedTwo Sea Lynx helicopters equipped with ASW torpedoes, or air-to-surface missiles Sea Skua, and a heavy machine gun.

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 shipsEdit

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

Pennant Name Call
Laid down Shipyard Launched Commissioned
F215 Brandenburg DRAH 11 February 1992 Blohm + Voss 28 August 1992 14 October 1994
F216 Schleswig-Holstein DRAI 1 July 1993 Howaldtswerke 8 June 1994 24 November 1995
F217 Bayern DRAJ 16 December 1993 Nordseewerke 30 June 1994 15 June 1996
F218 Mecklenburg-Vorpommern DRAK 23 November 1993 Bremer Vulkan 23 February 1995 6 December 1996

Kiel Canal incidentEdit

On the morning of Wednesday 9 December 2015, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was transiting the Kiel Canal when she was involved in a collision with the container ship Nordic Bremen causing damage to both vessels.[3] Mecklenburg-Vorpommern suffered a 4 metres (13 ft) gash along her bow at the level of the main deck, whilst Nordic Bremen fared better, having only to offload two damaged containers before continuing its voyage.[4][5]

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ a b c d e f g Wertheim, Eric (2007). The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World: Their Ships, Aircraft, and Systems. Naval Institute Press. p. 246. ISBN 9781591149552.
  2. ^ "German LFTAS programme moves ahead". Jane's Navy International. 13 December 2001.
  3. ^ "VIDEO: German Warship Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Collided With Container ship Nordic Bremen in Kiel Canal - Vesselfinder".
  4. ^ ""Minor damage" after clash". 10 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Boxship and frigate collide". 9 December 2015.

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