Fr. Lürssen Werft Celebrates 140 Years of Global Shipbuilding Heritage
Sections of the Type F125 frigates are being constructed at different locations at the same time and later married together.
(Photo: Fr. Lürssen Werft)
Leading in Quality and PerformanceThe German Navy’s new flagship, the Type F125 frigate “Baden-Württemberg” (F 222), is to prove to the world’s naval community their inherent expertise in naval shipbuilding Fr. Lürssen Werft has developed over the past decades. German naval sources said at the christening ceremony of her sister ship, “Nordrhein-Westfalen” (F 223), in Hamburg on 16 April 2015 the shipbuilding expertise found in this new class of surface warships marks another major milestone towards the strategic partnership between Fr. Lürssen Werft and the German customer. Fr. Lürssen Werft, part of the ARGE F125 consortium, not only delivered a new ship but also a vision of what quality and performance can mean in today’s naval shipbuilding. Today, a little over a third of the shipbuilder’s workload is still for the German Navy. This reputation also forms the company’s ‘key’ for addressing worldwide demands for sophisticated surface ships.
The company’s role as an innovator seems to be the prerequisite for continuing success in identifying new customers, both military and commercial. Military products like the PV 80 or PV 85 will cope with a growing demand for multimission-capable surface assets capable of supporting the agile development of defence capabilities in response to rapidly changing operational requirements.
Spanning a history of 140 years, no other shipbuilder in the world owns this magnificent heritage. Also a technology leader in integrated logistics support (including system documentation, spare part management and supply, and repair, refits, and upgrades) and consultancy, Fr. Lürssen, which now has several manufacturing locations across northern Germany, is always eager to be at least two steps ahead of others, offering best practice to its commercial and military customers. However, because the markets are forever-changing places, the shipyard’s leadership knows that it will have to adapt to the ever-changing requirements in the future.