Sulzbach-Rosenberg Returns from NATO Deployment

June 17, 2021 (Google Translation) – On Friday, June 18, 2021 at 10 a.m., the mine-hunting boat “Sulzbach-Rosenberg” will return to its home port of Kiel after two months under the NATO flag. The boat from the 3rd Mine Detection Squadron left the base on April 15, 2021 and has since been under the control of SNMCMG 1 (Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1), one of NATO’s two standing mine defense associations. The association is currently under Dutch management.

For Kapitänleutnant Florian Förster (35) and his 42-strong crew, when they arrive in Kiel, demanding, but also eventful 65 days end without going ashore. Despite the short duration of the pandemic, the men and women had ample opportunity to demonstrate their professionalism and skills again in an international setting after the boat and crew had already been deployed in the same association in 2020. “My expectations were that my crew and I would again show what we can do this time in an international setting. The experience of the last participation paid off. We were able to appear highly professional and the tasks assigned to us, whether in nautical, operational or Mine hunting maneuvers, always to the satisfaction of the COM, “said the commander. As “COM” is the colloquial term for the commander – in this case the Dutch commander of the SNMCMG 1, Commander Wijchers, is meant. The result speaks for itself. Six mines from the First and Second World War were found and removed by the crew of the mine-hunting boat. After participating in the “Open Spirit 2021” maneuver in Estonian waters, the crew practiced various maneuvers at sea with Finnish, Lithuanian and Polish mine-hunting units. Since the beginning of June, the NATO association and with it the “Sulzbach-Rosenberg” took part in the US-led maneuver “Baltops”.

The joint arrival of the Kiel boat with other international naval ships also ends the 50th multinational major maneuver from this series of maneuvers. Commander Wijchers, meant. The result speaks for itself. Six mines from the First and Second World War were found and removed by the crew of the mine-hunting boat. After participating in the “Open Spirit 2021” maneuver in Estonian waters, the crew practiced various maneuvers at sea with Finnish, Lithuanian and Polish mine-hunting units. Since the beginning of June, the NATO association and with it the “Sulzbach-Rosenberg” took part in the US-led maneuver “Baltops”. The joint arrival of the Kiel boat with other international naval ships also ends the 50th multinational major maneuver from this series of maneuvers. Commander Wijchers, meant.

The result speaks for itself. Six mines from the First and Second World War were found and removed by the crew of the mine-hunting boat. After participating in the “Open Spirit 2021” maneuver in Estonian waters, the crew practiced various maneuvers at sea with Finnish, Lithuanian and Polish mine-hunting units. Since the beginning of June, the NATO association and with it the “Sulzbach-Rosenberg” took part in the US-led maneuver “Baltops”.

The joint arrival of the Kiel boat with other international naval ships also ends the 50th multinational major maneuver from this series of maneuvers. Six mines from the First and Second World War were found and removed by the crew of the mine-hunting boat. After participating in the “Open Spirit 2021” maneuver in Estonian waters, the crew practiced various maneuvers at sea with Finnish, Lithuanian and Polish mine-hunting units. Since the beginning of June, the NATO association and with it the “Sulzbach-Rosenberg” took part in the US-led maneuver “Baltops”. The joint arrival of the Kiel boat with other international naval ships also ends the 50th multinational major maneuver from this series of maneuvers. Six mines from the First and Second World War were found and removed by the crew of the mine-hunting boat. After participating in the “Open Spirit 2021” maneuver in Estonian waters, the crew practiced various maneuvers at sea with Finnish, Lithuanian and Polish mine-hunting units. Since the beginning of June, the NATO association and with it the “Sulzbach-Rosenberg” took part in the US-led maneuver “Baltops”. The joint arrival of the Kiel boat with other international naval ships also ends the 50th multinational major maneuver from this series of maneuvers. Since the beginning of June, the NATO association and with it the “Sulzbach-Rosenberg” took part in the US-led maneuver “Baltops”. The joint arrival of the Kiel boat with other international naval ships also ends the 50th multinational major maneuver from this series of maneuvers. Since the beginning of June, the NATO association and with it the “Sulzbach-Rosenberg” took part in the US-led maneuver “Baltops”. The joint arrival of the Kiel boat with other international naval ships also ends the 50th multinational major maneuver from this series of maneuvers.

The short duration of the mission is due to the decision of the German Navy to temporarily limit the times for such NATO stoppages, which normally last up to six months, to a maximum of three months for the relatively small minehunters. Due to the restrictions of the global corona pandemic, the crews have almost no opportunity to go ashore, so that they are on board their boats in the ports and have hardly any freedom of movement.

After a good 5,500 nautical miles (around 10,000 kilometers), many of them in stormy weather and heavy seas, the commander and his crew now have a well-deserved occupation holiday to spend time with the family and refill the batteries. Then it goes into the follow-up of the assignment, which seamlessly merges into the preparation of new tasks.

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