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Thales delivers SAGD communication network to German Navy

According to a press release published by Thales on September 16, 2021, at the beginning of August, Thales Germany handed over the upgrade of the digital communication network commissioned by BAAINBw to manage the Damage Defense and Combat Service (SAGD) to the Navy Damage Defense Training Center (EAZS M) in Neustadt (Holstein).
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The system upgrade adapts to the current training needs of the navy crews. The communication network based on TETRA technology ensures the coordination of all measures for internal damage prevention in an emergency and is therefore of elementary importance for the safety of ships and crews.

In order to achieve operational readiness, the damage prevention and combat service training (SAGA), which is firmly anchored in the Navy's training calendar, provides the crews and each individual crew member with the necessary knowledge and skills to react correctly onboard in the event of damage and thus under stress. Both the “external battle” - the fight with an enemy - and the “internal battle” - the handling of damage in one's own ship are simulated in parallel.

The SAGD system from Thales is already in daily use on the F125 frigates, the task force supplier (EGV) Bonn, and in the training operations of the marine technology school in Parow. The version of the SAGD communication network, which is significantly expanded in terms of functionality, is being delivered for the K130 corvettes (2nd batch) and has been commissioned for the F126 frigates.

All relevant data on the damage situation is transmitted seamlessly and in real-time to the ship's command via the Thales SAGD communication network. The automated, graphic display of the situation * guarantees the crew a reliable basis for decision-making at all times and ensures that the ship's command is able to act in every situation.

The F125 Baden-Württemberg-class frigates are a series of frigates of the German Navy, which were designed and constructed by ARGE F125, a joint-venture of Thyssen-Krupp and Lürssen. The Baden-Württemberg class have the highest displacement of any class of frigate worldwide. They are to replace the Bremen class. They are primarily designed for low and medium intensity maritime stabilization operations, where they are supposed to provide sea-to-land tactical fire support, asymmetric threat control at sea and support of special forces.