A recent visit by a number of ships of the German Navy is followed up today by another German Navy ship, the frigate Sachsen.
The ship is a Sachsen-class frigate and part of the Germany air defence systems, its state of the art technologies supposedly include the ability to detect stealth aircraft and stealth .
The ships of the Sachsen class are 143 m (469 ft) long overall with a beam of 17.44 m (57.2 ft) and a draft of 5 m (16 ft). The frigates have a crew of 38 officers, 64 petty officers, and 140 enlisted sailors. The ships can remain at sea for 21 days at a time
These ships are heavily armed for anti-air warfare role with a large number of missile available. There are also torpedoes for use against submarines.Sachsen is equipped with a flight deck and hangar that can accommodate two Super Lynx or NH90 helicopters.
The F219 Sachsen was built at the Blohm + Voss shipyard and launched in 2001 and was commissioned in 2003.
The Sachen has been involved in a number of anti terrorist and anti piracy patrols around the world.
It is not known why the ship is visiting London at this time, but there seems to be a number of functions. It is likely the ship will be leaving dock at the weekend.