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Why the durable MEKO warship design remains popular with navies

8th September 2023 - 11:30 GMT | by Tim Fish in Auckland

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ENS Al-Aziz (F 904) is the lead ship of four MEKO A200 EN frigates for the Egyptian Navy. The class represents a rejuvenation of the MEKO brand for German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (Photo: TKMS)

The MEKO design from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) can be found in many navies around the world and the number of countries that are purchasing MEKO ships is growing. Shephard provides an overview of the latest MEKO offerings and how this type of vessel has remained successful on the international markets over the decades.

MEKO stands for 'Mehrzweck-Kombination’ and translates as multi-purpose combination, employing modular construction methods in naval warships. The MEKO concept was originally developed by the Blohm & Voss shipyard and has had a long history in naval shipbuilding starting in the late 1970s when the Nigerian Navy ordered the 3,360t MEKO 360 H1 frigate, NNS Aradu.

Over four decades later the MEKO brand is still in production. The latest customers for MEKO ships include Egypt, which in May 2023 received the second of four 3,700t MEKO A-200 EN frigates; a third will be delivered by the end of 2023. The

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Tim Fish is a special correspondent for Shephard Media. Formerly the editor of Land Warfare …

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