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Bremen-class Patrol Frigate

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The Bundesmarine frigate BMS Emden (F210) participates in a pass and review during the North Atlantic Council at Sea Day on July 13th, 2009.

The eight F122 Bremen-class frigates of the German Navy were commissioned between 1982 and 1990. The design is similar to the Dutch Kortenaer-class but uses a different hull and propulsion system. The ships were built for anti-submarine warfare as a primary task even though they are not fitted with towed array sonars. They are also suited for anti-aircraft warfare and anti-surface warfare. 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 four Baden-Württemberg-class and six MKS-180 frigates, starting around 2016. Until then, the Bremen-class serves as the backbone of the German Navy.


  • Type: Frigate
  • Service period: 1982-2021
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 428 feet 1.75 inches (130.5 meters)
    • Beam: 47 feet 10.8 inches (14.6 meters)
    • Draft: 20 feet 8.03 inches (6.3 meters)
    • Displacement: 3,680 tons
  • Crew: 222 (202 ship crew and 20 air crew)
  • Propulsion
    • CODOG (Combined diesel or gas)
    • 2 x MTU 20V956 TB92 diesel engines, 8.14 MW total
    • 2 x General Electric LM2500 gas turbines, 38 MW total
    • 2 x Renk STG 150-50 gearboxes, 10:1 (diesel) and 720:47 (turbine)
    • 2 x propeller shafts, controllable pitch, five-bladed Sulzer-Escher propellers, later replaced with seven-bladed ones from Wegemann & Co.
    • 4 x Deutz MWM diesel-generators, 750 kW
  • Range: 4,000 nautical miles (7,408 kilometers) at 18 knots (33.34 km/h)
  • Speed: 30 knots (55.56 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • 1 x EADS TRS-3D air search radar (three dimensional)
    • 1 x WM 25 combined surface search and fire control radar I/J band
    • 1 x Thales Nederland STIR 180 fire-control radar I/J/K band
    • 1 x Kelvin Hughes Nucleus 5000 I band navigation radar
    • 1 x STN Atlas DSQS-23BZ hull-mounted sonar
  • Countermeasures
    • ESM/ECM EADS FL 1800S
    • 2 x SCLAR decoys
    • AN/SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy
  • Armament
    • 1 x OTO-Melara 76mm/62-caliber Dual Purpose Naval Gun
    • 2 x Mauser MLG-27 27mm autocannons
    • 1 x 8-cell Mk.29 Sea Sparrow SAM Launcher (fires RIM-7P Sea Sparrow SAMs)
    • 2 x 4-cell Mk.141 Harpoon SSM Launchers (fires RGM-84 Harpoon AShMs)
    • 2 x Mk.32 triple fire torpedo tubes (fires 8 x DM4A1 or Mk.46 torpedoes)
    • 2 x 21-cell Mk.49 RAM Launchers (fires RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missiles)
  • Aircraft Carried: 2 x Westland Lynx Mk.88A maritime helicopters

Unit Run[edit]

  • BMS Bremen (F207)
  • BMS Niedersachsen (F208)
  • BMS Rheinland-Pfalz (F209)
  • BMS Emden (F210)
  • BMS Köln (F211)
  • BMS Karlsruhe (F212)
  • BMS Augsburg (F213)
  • BMS Lübeck (F214)
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