Saxony (F124) is the German air defence frigate built by the ARGE F124, a consortium consisting of Blohm -Voss as In the Netherlands Royal Schelde build the De Zeven Provincien (LCF) Class fregatten and in Spain Navantia (former Bazan then Izar) build the Alvaro de Bazan (F100) Class. A full copy of the agreement is available on the U.S. Navy website: www.navy.mil/navydata/people/cno/Richardson/Message/CNO_US_Japan_UK_2016_Trilateral_Agreement.pdf ”Today we reaffirm our commitment to intensifying our joint efforts, which shows that our relationship is institutional and not just personal,” Gilday said in a statement released by the Navy. This agreement strengthens our naval ties and codifies our continued commitment to a free and open maritime public good. In our trilateral relationship, there is much to celebrate; In fact, it is greater than the sum of its parts. In an incident that received little media attention in Australia, the 5,300-tonne Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Ingstad sank in a Norwegian fjord following a collision with the large Maltese tanker Sola TS. NFR-90 (NATO Frigate Replacement for 90s) was a multinational program to create a joint frigate for several NATO countries. However, the different requirements of the different countries led to the abandonment of the project in the early 1990s.   This new agreement was signed at the service level, which means that it does not have the strength of a formal treaty and does not impose new defence requirements on the three countries that already share alliance structures. The United States and Britain are contractual allies of NATO and have close ties between defence and the secret services (the ”special relationship”), but do not have a formal bilateral defence commitment. On the other hand, Japan and the United States maintain both close defence relations and formal bilateral defence commitments through the Treaty on Mutual Cooperation and Security. Recently, this trilateral group operated together near Yokosuka, Japan, in an anti-submarine warfare exercise. The Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose (F236), the Murasame-class destroyer js Murasame (DD-101), a Japanese P-1 patrol aircraft, a P-8A Poseidon U.S. maritime patrol aircraft and a JMSDF submarine were reunited for a pacific-style fighter exercise.
Earlier, in December 2018, the three JMSDF JS Izumo helicopter fighters (DDH 183), type 23 frigate HMS Argyll (F231), a U.S. Navy submarine and a U.S. P-8A for ASW drilling during a two-day exercise in the Philippine Sea. They each cited a common contract – the first of its kind – which stipulates that Helge Ingstad, commissioned in 2009 by the Spanish shipbuilder Navantia and built by the Spanish shipbuilder Navantia, was the fourth class frigate fridtjof Nansen of the Royal Norwegian Navy. The Hobart-class Australian air warfare destroyers have a largely similar Navantia design. Saxony-Klasse (F124) is the air defence frigate of the ARGE F124, a consortium consisting of Blohm-Voss as the main shipyard, howaldtwerke-Deutsche Werft and Thyssenwerke Nordsee. In January 2005, the three companies were part of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. ”We should adapt to a new security trend,” Yamamura said in the press release.
”With this trilateral naval meeting as a catapult, I am confident that we will work together to find our way forward.” The three frigates were built as part of the trilateral frigate agreement signed by the Netherlands, Germany and Spain, which allows for cooperation in the national construction of frigates in each country.