ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, HAMBURG / EMDEN, Germany: After a building time of three years, the third ship of class 124 of the German Navy, the frigate HESSEN, left its building shipyard Nordseewerke in Emden, a company of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, on the 21st January 2005 for the first sea trial.

The first sector of the shipyard trial was continued in the Skagerrak deep water after the successful test of the navigation system. On 28th January 2005 the frigate HESSEN returned to its building shipyard after successfully completed the test program.

The test run on the shipyard contained a substantial control programme with its emphasis on ship techniques. The frigate was put through its paces and was introduced to the client. The ship was so able to demonstrate the good sea performance. During the first level of the test, the frigate was navigated by the specialists of Nordseewerke. Aboard the ship were 220 people in total, in addition to the shipyard crew and the representatives of the inspection committee of the client there were also 53 soldiers of the future crew of the HESSEN. They will take over the leadership of the ship during the forthcoming tests of the command and weapon control systems. These tests will start in February. The HESSEN will be relocated to Wilhelmshaven for the tests.

The HESSEN, which is 143m long and has a displacement of approx. 5,600 tons, is the third ship of the class 124. After the successfully completed tests and still upcoming final works, the ship shall be delivered to the German Navy in December of this year.

ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems