(Google Translation) – On Saturday, July 10th, 2021 at 12 noon, the task force supplier “Berlin” will return to his home port of Wilhelmshaven under the command of frigate captain Stefan Klatt (52) from the European Union Naval Forces Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR MED) “Irini”.
“In the past four months, I took part in Operation ‘Irini’ with ‘Berlin’ and my crew. Our mission on this European Union-led mission was to stop arms smuggling across the Mediterranean Sea to Libya. We were supported by a Lithuanian on-board operation team and, in phases, also from a German P3C ‘Orion’ from Nordholz. We have covered more than 27,000 nautical miles on our patrols and, together with our Lithuanian comrades, five boardings, i.e. investigations of the cargo on merchant ships, 20 friendly approaches and over 400 radio inquiries I think that we have made the Mediterranean a bit safer and that we have also built trust in the mission and the EU, “reports frigate captain Stefan Klatt about the past time in action.
The crew was supported by two helicopters of the type “Sea Lynx” of the Marinefliegergeschwader 5 from Nordholz. In addition to logistical tasks for the transport of personnel and material, the helicopters, as a flying eye, increased the range of the EGV and brought boarding teams to the ships to be checked.
“Another special feature of this mission was the use of a supply ship, so to speak, as an ‘interceptor’ in an embargo operation. This was unthinkable in the past, but has now become normal with us at the latest. Today, ‘Berlin’ lists all the statistics of the mission. Friendly approaches and boardings that a ship has carried out in the ‘Irini’ mission to date.
After returning, the crew will sign off for their well-deserved vacation. The task force supplier “Berlin” will then provide the flagship for the “Weekend on the Jade” in Wilhelmshaven. In November, the Federal President will use the ship as a representation platform during a visit to Oslo.