The first of two new MEKO A-200 frigates for the Algerian Naval Forces has been undocked from the ADM Kiel GmbH shipyard.

A EUR2.17 billion (USD2.7 billion) contract for the delivery of two MEKO A-200 frigates, plus an option for two more, was signed by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) and the Algerian government in March 2012. The deal is also reported to include six AgustaWestland Super Lynx 300 (Mk 140) helicopters, plus a support and training package, although neither TKMS nor the Algerian or German governments have provided official confirmation on any aspects of the sales agreement.

As TKMS no longer owns its own surface ship construction facility, the build of the two MEKO A-200 frigates – based on the design of the Valour-class frigates in service with the South African Navy – has been subcontracted to ADM Kiel. The first-of-class was undocked from the assembly hall on 5 December. […]