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Germany orders two additional Type 126 frigates

Damen has secured a contract for two additional Type 126 frigates for the German Navy, bringing the total number on order to six. (Damen)

Dutch shipbuilder Damen has been awarded a contract by Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) for the supply of two additional Type 126 multi-purpose frigates for the German Navy.

The contract, announced by BAAINBw and Damen on 19 June, brings the total order for the German Navy to six Type 126 frigates. The German Parliament's Budget Committee gave the green light to exercise the options for the fifth and sixth vessels on 12 June.

The latest milestone follows the official keel-laying ceremony of the first of class, the future Niedersachsen (F 226), at NVL Group's Peene-Werft shipyard in Wolgast on 3 June 2024. Under current planning, the first four ships will be delivered from 2028 to 2031, followed by the fifth and sixth vessels in 2033 and 2034 respectively.

Damen Shipyards Group was awarded a design and construction contract for the first batch of four Type 126 frigates, including an option for two more, by BAAINBw in June 2020. Under the contract, Damen, acting as prime contractor, is delivering the programme in partnership with NVL Group subsidiary Blohm+Voss and Thales (as mission systems integrator).

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