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Germany returns lead F125 frigate to builder

Germany returns lead F125 frigate to builder 25 December, 2017

The German defence procurement agency BAAINBw has reportedly returned FGS Baden-Württemberg, the lead ship of German Navy’s new class of F125 frigates, to the Blohm+Voss shipyard. BAAINBw has requested Blohm+Voss to repair all defects identified on the ship during trials. FGS Baden-Württemberg has been experiencing problems ever since it was delivered to the navy for trials. In addition to hardware and software integration, the frigates have a listing problem. They list 1.3 degrees to starboard and are overweight, an issue that could possibly complicate future upgrade options. F125 frigates are a new class of ships set to replace the eight Bremen-Class frigates currently in service with the German Navy. This is the first time the German defence ministry is returning a ship to the shipbuilder after delivery.

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