(Google Translation) – On Friday, July 9th, 2021 at 10 a.m., the corvette “Magdeburg” from the UNIFIL mission (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) will return to her home port of Warnemünde in the eastern Mediterranean.
The 60-man crew “Alpha” under the command of frigate captain Christian Heger (37) spent more than five months far from their home and more than four months of that in action off the Lebanese coast. Their main task was to monitor maritime traffic in order to prevent possible weapons smuggling on site. In addition, the marines trained their Lebanese comrades in coastal protection.
“We carry out the monitoring in cooperation with the other partners involved in the UN mission and that is also the exciting thing about this mission. To see how one gear meshes with the other shows the high level we are now with our allied nations operate “, said the commander, frigate captain Heger. Due to the strict hygiene requirements, however, the “Alphas” had no opportunity to go ashore while they were on duty. “Sure, that was a not inconsiderable burden for my men and women, but the cohesion in the crew is very strong, that really helped to overcome this hurdle. I am very proud of how professionally the crew handled it.” the naval officer continued.
Since the beginning of the year, the entire fleet association has been under the German leadership of Flotilla Admiral Axel Schulz (50). In addition to Germany, ships and boats from Greece, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Turkey are also participating in the UN mission in the eastern Mediterranean. The corvette “Magdeburg” served around ten months as a platform for the marines of the Rostock corvette squadron. During this time she covered almost 20,000 nautical miles.
In order to ensure an uninterrupted presence off the Lebanese coast, the corvette “Magdeburg” was replaced by its sister ship, the corvette “Braunschweig”, in the operational area at the end of June.