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Frigate F208 Niedersachsen
|Succeeded by:||F125-class frigate|
|Displacement:||3,680 tonnes (3,620 long tons)|
|Length:||130.50 m (428 ft 2 in)|
|Beam:||14.60 m (47 ft 11 in)|
|Draft:||6.30 m (20 ft 8 in)|
|Propulsion:||2 × propeller shafts, controllable pitch, five-bladed Sulzer-Escher propellers, later replaced with seven-bladed ones from Wegemann & Co. ("Bremen" only)|
|Speed:||30 knots (56 km/h)|
|Range:||more than 4,000 nmi (7,400 km) at 18 knots (33 km/h)|
|Complement:||202 crew plus 20 aviation|
|Aircraft carried:||Place for 2 Sea Lynx Mk.88A helicopters equipped with torpedoes, air-to-surface missiles Sea Skua, and/or heavy machine gun.|
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.
During the Cold War period, the ships' main war task was to escort convoys for reinforcement and resupply of Allied forces in Europe. They frequently took part in NATO Standing Naval Forces. Since 1990, all ships have served in additional supporting missions such as the embargo operations against former Yugoslavia in the Adriatic Sea or Operation Enduring Freedom against the international terrorism.
During their lifetime, the ships' equipment has frequently been modernized and a further adaptation of combat systems is foreseen in the near future.
In December 2015 the Augsburg joined the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in the south-eastern Mediterranean to go to the Arabian Sea as part of the intervention against ISIS in the Syrian Civil War.
- For more information on the makeup of French carrier battle groups: ‹See Tfd›Carrier battle group § France
|F207||Bremen||Bremer Vulkan, Bremen||July 9, 1979||September 27, 1979||May 7, 1982||March 28, 2014|
|F208||Niedersachsen||AG Weser, Bremen||November 9, 1980||June 9, 1980||October 15, 1982||June 26, 2015|
|F209||Rheinland-Pfalz||Blohm + Voss, Hamburg||September 25, 1979||September 3, 1980||May 9, 1983||March 22, 2013|
|F210||Emden||Nordseewerke, Emden||June 23, 1979||December 17, 1980||October 7, 1983||November 29, 2013|
|F211||Köln||Blohm + Voss, Hamburg||June 16, 1980||May 29, 1981||October 19, 1984||July 31, 2012|
|F212||Karlsruhe||Howaldtswerke, Kiel||March 10, 1981||January 8, 1982||April 19, 1984|
|F213||Augsburg||Bremer Vulkan, Bremen||April 4, 1987||September 17, 1987||October 3, 1989|
|F214||Lübeck||Nordseewerke, Emden||June 1, 1987||October 15, 1987||March 19, 1990|
All ships are based in Wilhelmshaven. Together they form the 4. Fregattengeschwader (4th Frigate Squadron) of the German Navy.
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