Military operations necessitate the capability for engaging hostile surface combatants, submarines, aircraft, missiles and torpedoes for self-protection as well as for task force protection.
In addition, the core tasks of the navy in the 21st century include the safeguarding of shipping lanes in national and international waters, together with the support of military operations in crisis areas and war zones
A traditional warship has to be transformed into a multi-role combat ship in order to meet the changing operational requirements and varied tasks associated with providing maritime security.
With the F125 class frigate, the German Navy has taken the step forward to a multi-role surface combatant. Besides its many new capabilities, the ANCS combat management system now also covers the expanded mission profile, such as the precise, selective and flexible engagement of enemy forces, tactical fire support from sea to land, support for special forces, the combating of asymmetric threats, as well as joint and multinational operations with prolonged availability in operational areas all over the world.