Germany commissioned the Baden-Württemberg, lead ship and eponym of the new Type 125 frigate class, on 17 June 2019. Though the Baden-Württemberg was laid down in 2011 and initially delivered in 2016, the warship was returned to the shipbuilder in 2017 after issues were identified during sea trials. The four-ship class is intended to replace the Type 122A Bremen-class frigates built in the 1980s. The new warships are fitted with a landing deck and a hangar for two helicopters. They will be armed with RGM-84 Harpoon antiship missiles, RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missiles for point defense, and a 5-inch gun. The 7,200-ton frigates are 490 feet long with a 62-foot beam and a 16-foot draft. Typically carrying a relatively small crew of 120, the warships can accommodate 70 supplemental personnel. The second ship of the class, the Nordrhein-Westfalen, is scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2019; the third and fourth units are expected by 2021.
By Eric Wertheim