April 14, 2020 (Google Translation) – On Wednesday, April 15, 2020, the frigate “Lübeck” will return to the naval base Wilhelmshaven after almost two months. It was part of the multinational aircraft carrier association “Mission Foch” around the French aircraft carrier “Charles de Gaulle”.
In the East Atlantic and the North Sea, the participating frigates, destroyers and supply ships had practiced acting in an association. Standardized procedures were deepened for this. The 30-year-old frigate “Lübeck” has played a special role. The oldest, still active frigate in Germany was able to support the support association with its submarine hunting skills. The “Charles de Gaulle” also offered protection over water by positioning itself between the aircraft carrier and a possible (simulated) threat or by keeping the area around the flagship clear during flight operations.
With these skills, “Lübeck” made an essential contribution to the “Mission Foch”. The international cooperation in the multinational supporting organization has improved the operational cooperation of naval forces. The frigate “Lübeck” and the entire association have contributed to the safety of the sea routes in national and international waters of EU and NATO member states.