September 4, 2019 (Google Translation) – At 10 am on Friday, 6 September 2019, the frigate “Hamburg” will sail towards the Aegean Sea, replacing the frigate “Hessen” in the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG 2). For five months, the crew and ship make their contribution to the fulfillment of the order on site. The frigate “Hessen” left for the Mediterranean almost six months ago. She will now make the well-deserved journey home after the transfer in Souda, Crete, and will be back in Wilhelmshaven at the end of September.
“With today’s phasing out, the part of the operating period between the scheduled dockyard times, on which we have worked with all our strength and focus in the training program last year,” said frigate captain Christian Herrmann (43), commander of the frigate “Hamburg”. He further says: “The men and women of ‘Hamburg’ are well educated, highly motivated and adequately equipped to fulfill the task ahead of us as part of the SNMG 2. It takes us to the Aegean Sea to contribute to the creation of a We are looking forward to those who are lying in front of us and our families and friends in our minds. ”
At the beginning of February the frigate “Hamburg” in Wilhelmshaven is expected back.
Since February 2016, NATO has been contributing to the development of a situation report for the Greek and Turkish Coast Guard and the European border agency FRONTEX in the Aegean. The goal of the mission is to improve information sharing and response times so national authorities can tackle traffickers and their networks.