April 1, 2020 (Google Translation) – On Thursday, April 2nd, 2020, the task force supplier “Berlin” will leave the home port of Wilhelmshaven in the direction of the Aegean at 09:30 a.m. for a good five months in order to meet the frigate “Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania” in the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG 2). This had started towards the Mediterranean in mid-January. After the handover to Crete, she will go home and expect back in Wilhelmshaven at the end of April.
“In view of the Corona crisis, this assignment will be a particular challenge for the crew. But it is precisely because of this crew that I go about it with particular confidence. These are particularly valuable people who want to be there for others To fulfill these special conditions the assignment, then it is that of “Berlin”, says the commander of the frigate captain Stefan Klatt (51) with a view to the upcoming task.
In the Aegean, the crew expects close cooperation with the Turkish and Greek coast guards and the European Coast Guard and Border Guard Agency (FRONTEX). The main task of the “Berlin” will be the maritime surveillance.
When asked how the ship and the crew had prepared for this mission, the commandant replied: “Nothing much has changed in the usual preparations. The crew is fully trained for any mission. In addition, the ship is also in perfect technical condition Of course, like everyone else, the Corona crisis presented us with additional challenges, which we were able to master. In this context, it should be said that the crew is willing and ready to carry out the mission despite the crisis. ”
In view of the current situation, the roughly 190 crew members had to say goodbye to their relatives in advance. The ship will leave the naval base virtually without a public. The “Berlin” will probably return to its home port of Wilhelmshaven in mid-September, then hopefully again with the usual “large train station.”