May 10, 2021 (Google Translation) – On Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 10 a.m., the frigate “Lübeck” will leave its home port Wilhelmshaven to join the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG 2). When it arrives in the Aegean Sea, it will replace the “Werra” tender, which will then begin its journey home to Kiel.
“Against the background of the ongoing pandemic situation during the preparation, the thoughts of the crew circulate all the more with the relatives at home and the situation in the area of operation. Even the preparations were largely under the sign of avoiding contact and observing hygiene measures, which was the preparation, in particular This narrow ship has not always made it easier. The crew is looking forward to the time in the Aegean with anticipation and the necessary respect for the task, “said the commander, frigate captain Kai Röckel (42), with a view to the upcoming mission.
In the Aegean Sea, the crew and ship can expect close cooperation with the Turkish and Greek coast guards and the European Agency for Coast Guard and Border Protection (FRONTEX). The main task of the frigate will be the surveillance of the sea area.
Due to the global corona pandemic, this mission will mean some hardships for the crew. “During the period of deployment, no shore leave is currently planned. With a fully occupied F122, this is of course a challenge for everyone to work and live in a confined space. Nevertheless, the crew is proud to maintain the operational readiness for the upcoming commitment with the oldest combat ship in the fleet The development in the operational area can be dynamic, and all special features and expectations change regularly. We are prepared for that, “says the commander, describing the unusual situation.
According to the current state of planning, the “Lübeck” will be absent for 122 days and is expected to return to Wilhelmshaven in mid-September.