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Keel laid for ninth German K130 corvette
Lürssen has laid the keel for Germany’s fourth Batch 2 Braunschweig-class K130 corvette, the ninth ship of the class.
The fourth batch two-ship will be named Augsburg (F268). A Bremen-class frigate currently bears the same name.
Only a small group of representatives from the customer and sponsor city of Augsburg attended the keel-laying ceremony due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
Shephard Defence Insight notes that Germany signed the €2.4 billion ($2.69 billion) contract for the second batch of K130 corvettes in September 2017.
A consortium of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, German Naval Yards Kiel and prime contractor Lürssen Werft is building the ships.
The first two of the five Batch 2 vessels are being built at the Lürssen shipyard in Bremen, while the remaining three are being manufactured and pre-equipped at the German Naval Yards site.
The Lürssen Peene shipyard is building the vessels' sterns before connection by Lürssen subsidiary Blohm + Voss.
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