The German navy's 1st Corvette Squadron received its fourth K 130 Braunschweig class corvette, the Erfurt, yesterday during a ceremony at Rostock-Warnemünde naval base on the Baltic Sea.
The K 130 is the latest ship class of the German navy, which says it represents a quantum leap in technology, especially with its high level of computer-supported automation. The corvette can operate up to 21 days out of port and its computer systems and sensors simplify navigation, data and target acquisition and allow it to be operated with a considerably smaller crew, according to the German navy, which adds that its reduced radar and infrared signature and specially adapted weapons, sensors and communications systems make it suitable for brown water operations.
The Erfurt's sister ship, the Magdeburg, was the first K 130 corvette to be deployed on an operation when it participated in the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with a crew of 63 last autumn. It is planned to assign another K 130 corvette, the Braunschweig, to UNIFIL this year.
The Erfurt will be followed shortly by the Ludwigshafen am Rhein, bringing the number of K 130 corvettes in service this year to five.
Photos: ©2013 Bundeswehr/Björn Wilke