FGS Sachsen comes to London


FGS Sachsen F219 (5) @ Gallions Reach 20-05-15

Just 9 days after the German Navy missile boat flotilla left London the next naval visitor arrived on the Thames.

FGS Sachsen F219 (10) @ Gallions Reach 20-05-15

This again is a vessel of the German Navy but this time it is the FGS Sachsen F219 which is the lead vessel of 3 ship class of air-defense frigates – a slightly older design than HMS Defender or ESPS Méndez Núñez but they all carry out the primary mission of anti-air warfare.

FGS Sachsen F219 (14) @ Gallions Reach 20-05-15

The Sachsen-class are based on the Brandenburg class Frigates and incorporate more stealth features and improved sensors.

Weapons + Sensors on FGS Sachsen @ Gallions Reach 20-05-15

She is armed with a 76mm main gun, a vertical launch missile system and two RAM launchers along with a number of close-in defence cannon and machine guns. Interestingly on this occasion she was fitted with the Harpoon missile launcher cradles but not with the actual launch tubes.

Main gun + RAM AA missile on FGS Sachsen (1) @ Gallions Reach 20-05-15

In addition she also can operate either two Lynx or NH90 helicopters although none were visible as she passed North Woolwich on her way to West India Dock.

FGS Sachsen F219 (17) @ Gallions Reach 20-05-15

A few more pictures can be seen here and a video of her departure from London can be seen here.

FGS Sachsen F219 (15) @ Gallions Reach 20-05-15

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