May 12, 2021 (Google Translation) – From May 3 to May 12, 2021, the missile firing exercise, Missile Firing Exercise 2021 (MFE) took place off the coast of Norway. The exercise called “Andøya” served the crews to train the complex weapon systems and the procedures under almost real conditions.
This year the frigate “Hamburg”, the tender “Main”, a maritime patrol aircraft from Naval Aviation Squadron 3, the maritime battalion and the German army took part in the exercise. A total of around 20 guided missiles were fired against air and sea targets (target display drones), over 150 rounds from the frigate’s 76mm cannon and around 100 rounds from the tender’s 27mm marine light gun against land targets. The “Main” also served as a telemetry carrier so that the measurement data of the individual missile shots could be recorded.
The association with around 320 soldiers has had an intense week in the shooting range off the Norwegian coast. Frigate Captain Florian Feld (45), Commander Task Group of the training association, sums up this year’s shooting: “In the North Sea, off the island of Andøya in the Norwegian Lofoten, ships and crews of the fleet tested their air defense, surface and artillery systems. Due to the pandemic, major restrictions in terms of physical cooperation with our NATO partner Norway as well as in the availability of our ships and the exchange between the units involved, the results of the tests and performance records of the weapon systems were nevertheless great to demonstrate, Practice new defense scenarios and demonstrate the functional chains of the ship’s weapon systems. My thanks go to everyone involved, at sea and on land – including the soldiers of the army, with whom the interaction between sea and land forces has been practiced and deepened – who have demonstrated their professionalism under this year’s difficult framework conditions. ”
In addition to missile shooting, the frigate “Hamburg” trained naval gunfire support with the artillery observers of the army and the naval battalion. This training for joint fire support takes place for the second year in a row at “Andøya”. The army soldiers and the soldiers of the sea battalion directed the fire of the ship’s guns from safe observation positions towards their target; the ships aimed their guns purely on their instructions.