May 17, 2021 (Google Translation) – “Hamburg” has been taking part in the NATO exercise Formidable Shield 2021 in the Northeast Atlantic since May 15 and until June 3 .
During the three weeks of the maneuver, the 190 soldiers on the German warship are primarily concerned with training three-dimensional naval warfare with NATO partners – with a special focus on air defense and so-called Integrated Air and Missile Defense or ballistic Missile Defense, the defense against missiles with a ballistic trajectory.
Specifically, it is planned, first in the sea area around the British Hebrides and later near the Norwegian Lofoten, among other things, ballistic missiles with supersonic speed outside of the atmosphere in the formation and to combat them. On the one hand, this is intended to sustainably further develop NATO missile defense and, on the other hand, to increase the interoperability of partner navies in this area of activity.
In addition to the “Hamburg”, nine other nations with 15 ships take part in this large-scale exercise, including the USA United States of America, France, Spain and the UK. They will fire practically the entire range of missiles commonly used in NATO. Since the German air defense frigate of the 2nd frigate squadron recently completed a national missile firing exercise off the Norwegian coast with the Missile Firing Exercise 2021 , it will not take part in the so-called live firing itself. Above all, however, with its powerful SMART-L airspace surveillance radar, it will provide valuable situational information for the other ships.
The commander of this year’s exercise is the American Captain John Lipps. He leads the formation from the Spanish frigate “Cristóbal Colón”. For him, the maneuver is “the world’s most complex joint armed forces, multinational integrated maritime air and missile defense exercise – from below sea level to orbit”. Lipps’ staff consists of personnel from Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) from Lisbon, one of the two major naval headquarters of the Atlantic Alliance. You were also instrumental in preparing Formidable Shield .
The comparatively large exercise series Formidable Shield takes place regularly every two years. Its practical goal is to build up and further develop NATO’s ability to act to protect against ballistic missile threats in the maritime environment.