Tag: Kiel

Germany awards €2.4bln contract for five new K130 corvettes

German Navy F 260 Braunschweig

The German defense procurement agency BAAINBw has authorized a €2.4 billion contract for the construction of five new Braunschweig-class (K130) corvettes.

The ARGE K130 consortium, composed of Lürssen Werft, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and the recently incorporated German Naval Yards Kiel, will be delivering the ships.

Led by Lürssen Werft as prime contractor, the shipbuilding team is to deliver the ships by 2025.

The German Navy already operates five K130 ships which means the corvettes will be based on an existing design incorporating updated technologies.

Initial announcements made by the German defense ministry indicated the ships could be acquired at a price of €1.5 billion but reports emerged that the shipbuilders were asking €2.9 billion for five corvettes and two training facilities for corvette-operation.

The value of the contract, announced by BAAINBw on September 12, is €900 million more than what the ministry initially expected to pay.

In addition to price issues, K130 corvette construction was stalled by shipbuilder German Naval Yards who protested the defense ministry’s decision to award the construction contract without a public tender in order to speed up the whole process.

The German cartel office, in a ruling announced on May 18, upheld the complaint arguing that an open tender had precedence over a quick procurement.

In response to the ruling, Lürssen and TKMS offered German Naval Yard to join the consortium with a 15 percent stake in the construction. The newly-formed consortium was approved by the cartel office.

Braunschweig-class corvettes were ordered because of the navy’s increased scope and tempo of operations. Another reason is the fact that the MKS180 Multi-role Combat Ship order was delayed and the corvette announcement was interpreted as an offset to the delays.

The 90-meter ships are designed for operation in coastal waters, augmenting the capabilities of fast attack boats and frigates. They are equipped with two 27 mm Mauser MLG27 remote-controlled, fully-automatic cannons, and one OTO Melara 76 mm gun.

The corvettes are also feature a helicopter landing deck and use the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) – guided naval missile for close-in defense against anti-ship missiles, aircraft, helicopters and surface threats.


German Naval Yards to repair damaged combat support ship Frankfurt am Main

German Navy photo of EGV Frankfurt am Main.

NAVALTODAY, 17 June 2017

German Navy’s combat support ship EGV Frankfurt am Main on Wednesday arrived in Kiel where it will be repaired by German Navy Yards.

The shipbuilder will be working on damages Frankfurt am Main sustained entering the Wilhelmshaven navy base late in the evening on March 16.

The combat support ship was reversing into a sea lock at the naval station when its stern made contact with the lock.

The ship had to be towed from Wilhelmshaven to Kiel as it could not move under its own propulsion.

Frankfurt am Main will be dry-docked after the maritime festival Kiel Week concludes.

The value of the repair contract was not disclosed but German news site Kieler Nachrichten reported that the value of work is in the seven figure region.

BALTOPS 2017 concludes

US Navy photo of ships sailing in formation during BALTOPS 2017.

NAVALTODAY, 17 June 2017

Some 50 ships from 14 nations concluded this year’s edition of BALTOPS 2017, the largest NATO exercise in the Baltic Sea, entering Kiel, Germany on Friday.

The U.S.-led drill saw participants hone their skills in air, surface, sub-surface, mine warfare and amphibious operations in the Baltic Sea.

“Exercise BALTOPS has provided us with valuable high-end training across the entire spectrum of naval warfare, and enhanced interoperability between Allies and Key Partners,” said Commander SNMG1, Commodore Ole Morten Sandquist (NOR). “Our presence and well executed exercises demonstrates that we are stronger together.

Commodore Sandquist commanded of one of five maritime task groups during the exercise. His task group was comprised of the two SNMG1 ships and four additional ships: US destroyer USS James E. Williams, Danish command and support ship HDMS Absalon, Swedish corvette HSwMS Nyköping, and Finnish minelayer FNS Hämeenmaa.

Finnish minelayer FNS Hämeenmaa.

Nations participating in BALTOPS included Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the United Kingdom, the United States and NATO’s Enhanced Opportunities Partners: Finland and Sweden.

The ships’ arrival to Kiel coincided with the kick off of the city’s annual maritime festival. The German Navy is hosting forty ships and submarines from 13 nations at the Kiel navy base as part of the festival.


Poland-hosted Baltic Sea drill BALTOPS 17 ready for take off

Ships sail in formation during the 2015 edition of BALTOPS. Photo: US Navy.


Poland is hosting 40 ships from 14 nations for this year’s edition of the international Baltic Sea exercise BALTOPS 17.

Starting June 1, the drill will be the 45th iteration of the annual maritime exercise.

Air, maritime, and ground assets from several NATO allies and partner Nations will be involved in the live training event that sets sail from Szczecin, Poland and finishes in Kiel, Germany, on June 16.

BALTOPS 17 will be attended by Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the United Kingdom, the United States and NATO’s Enhanced Opportunities Partners: Finland and Sweden.

With three days to go before the exercise starts, some participants are already got underway from their homeports en route to the Baltic Sea.

The exercise will involve 4,000 shipboard personnel, 50 ships and submarines and more than 50 aircraft. It is designed to strengthen combined response capabilities, as well as demonstrate resolve among allied and partner Nations’ forces to ensure stability in, and if necessary defend, the Baltic Sea region.