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Keel of Germany’s K130 corvette Emden laid

04 February 2020

The keel of the German Navy's future K130 corvette Emden was laid at Lürssen's Peene shipyard in Wolgast on 30 January, the Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany's Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-service Support, announced on its website on 31 January.

An artist’s impression of Germany’s K130 frigate as of April 2019, with the new main gun turret clearly visible. (BAAINBw)An artist's impression of Germany's K130 frigate as of April 2019, with the new main gun turret clearly visible. (BAAINBw)

Emden will be the seventh ship of the Braunschweig class. Work on the sixth K130 corvette, Köln, began in February 2019. The other three are Karlsruhe , Augsburg , and Lübeck .

All five ships of the second batch of K130 corvettes are scheduled to be delivered to the German Navy by a consortium between Lürssen, Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), and German Naval Yards Kiel starting in 2022.

Two of the five bow sections are being built by Lürssen in Bremen and three by German Naval Yards in Kiel, which will also install initial equipment. The five stern sections will be built by the Peene shipyard, and Lürssen's Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg will connect them with the bow sections and install final equipment. Testing and acceptance will also take place in Hamburg, together with experts from the Bundeswehr and German Navy.

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