Bremen-class frigate

The eight F122 Bremen-class frigates of the German Navy are a series of frigates commissioned between 1982 and 1990. The design is based on the proven and robust Dutch Kortenaer class but uses a different propulsion system and hangar lay-out. The ships were built for anti-submarine warfare as a primary task although they are not fitted with towed array sonars. They are also equipped for anti-surface warfare, while having anti-aircraft warfare point defences.

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Emden in July 2009
Class overview
Operators German Navy
Preceded by Köln-class frigate
Succeeded by Brandenburg-class frigate
In commission1980–present
General characteristics
Displacement3,680 tonnes (3,620 long tons)
Length130.50 m (428 ft 2 in)
Beam14.60 m (47 ft 11 in)
Draft6.30 m (20 ft 8 in)
Installed power
Propulsion2 × propeller shafts, controllable pitch, five-bladed Sulzer-Escher propellers, later replaced with seven-bladed ones from Wegemann & Co. ("Bremen" only)
Speed30 knots (56 km/h)
Rangemore than 4,000 nmi (7,400 km) at 18 knots (33 km/h)
Complement202 crew plus 20 aviation
Sensors and
processing systems
Electronic warfare
& decoys
Aircraft carriedPlace for 2 Sea Lynx Mk.88A helicopters equipped with torpedoes, air-to-surface missiles Sea Skua, and/or heavy machine gun.

This class of ship was one of the last to be constructed under post-war displacement limitations imposed by the WEU on West Germany.

All eight Bremen-class frigates will be replaced by the planned F125-class frigates, starting around 2016. Prior to that the Bremen class served as the backbone of the German Navy.[1]


During the Cold War period, the ships' main war task was to escort convoys for reinforcement and resupply of allied forces in Europe in the Northern Atlantic. They frequently took part in NATO Standing Naval Forces. Since 1990, all ships have served in additional supporting missions such as the embargo operations against former Yugoslavia in the Adriatic Sea or Operation Enduring Freedom against the international terrorism.

During their lifetime, the ships' equipment has frequently been modernized and proven to be reliable platforms.

Notable actionsEdit

Karlsruhe successfully assisted an Egyptian freighter repel pirates on 25 December 2008 in the Gulf of Aden.

In 2012 Rheinland-Pfalz was reportedly used to gather intelligence on Syrian troop movements to be passed to the Free Syrian Army assist in their attacks on the Syrian Army.[2]

In December 2015 Augsburg joined the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in the south-eastern Mediterranean Sea to go to the Arabian Sea as part of the intervention against ISIS in the Syrian Civil War.[3][4]


Pennant Name Builder Laid down Launched Commissioned Decommissioned
F207 Bremen Bremer Vulkan, Bremen 9 July 1979 27 September 1979 7 May 1982 28 March 2014
F208 Niedersachsen AG Weser, Bremen 9 November 1979 9 June 1980 15 October 1982 26 June 2015[5]
F209 Rheinland-Pfalz Blohm + Voss, Hamburg 25 September 1979 3 September 1980 9 May 1983 22 March 2013[6]
F210 Emden Nordseewerke, Emden 23 June 1979 17 December 1980 7 October 1983 29 November 2013
F211 Köln Blohm + Voss, Hamburg 16 June 1980 29 May 1981 19 October 1984 31 July 2012[7]
F212 Karlsruhe Howaldtswerke, Kiel 10 March 1981 8 January 1982 19 April 1984 16 June 2017
F213 Augsburg Bremer Vulkan, Bremen 4 April 1987 17 September 1987 3 October 1989 30 June 2019
F214 Lübeck Nordseewerke, Emden 1 June 1987 15 October 1987 19 March 1990 Planned for 2022

All ships are based in Wilhelmshaven. Together they form the 4. Fregattengeschwader (4th Frigate Squadron) of the German Navy.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Fiorenza, Nicholas (24 October 2011). "More Details Of German Cuts". Ares: A Defense Technology Blog. Aviation Week. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  2. ^ Reuters (19 August 2012). "Syria rebels aided by Germany intel ship in fight against Assad forces, report says". Haaretz. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Kampf gegen IS-Terror : Fregatte "Augsburg" steht schon unter französischem Kommando". Handelsblatt. 6 December 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  4. ^ Deutsche Marine steht an Frankreichs Seite, Bundesministerium der Verteidigung, 3 December 2015, retrieved 6 December 2015
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Kein Abschied für immer". 22 March 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Fregatte Köln: Ein letztes Kölsch zum Abschied". 1 August 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2013.


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