(Google Translation) – On Monday, August 2, 2021 at 2 p.m., it is time to “cast off” for the frigate “Bayern” and her crew. The ship then sets off for the Indo-Pacific. The Federal Minister of Defense, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is expected to expire. Together with its allies, Germany wants to show more presence in the Indo-Pacific.
For about six months, from August 2021 to February 2022, the frigate “Bayern” will be on the move in the sea area between the Horn of Africa, Australia and Japan. The dispatch of the class F123 frigate is a normal presence and training voyage. Similar trips have also been carried out in the past, but have not been able to take place since 2016 due to the smallest fleet without reserves in recent naval history. A mandate from the German Bundestag is not required for presence and training trips by warships of the German Navy according to the Parliamentary Participation Act.
Today the Indo-Pacific is the most strategically important region on earth. This is where important decisions are made about freedom, peace and prosperity in the world. The goals of the Indo-Pacific guidelines, which the federal government published on September 2, 2020, are to intensify international cooperation, support local partners and maintain the rule-based maritime order. The German Navy supports these strategic goals of the federal government in particular with a maritime presence in the region as well as more intensive cooperation in joint exercises and training with partner armed forces. With the Indo-Pacific Deployment, or IPD for short, the Navy demonstrates that it is a reliable political instrument for Germany that can be used worldwide.
The Inspector of the Navy, Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach, on the upcoming departure of the frigate “Bavaria”: “It is about showing the flag and demonstrating on the spot that Germany is on the side of its international value partners for the freedom of sea routes and compliance with the In short, we meet our partners and train together. Among other things, we also intend to take part in the monitoring of the United Nations sanctions against North Korea. In doing so, we are actively and widely visible underpinning our commitment to the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific, to implement UN Security Council resolutions and thus to strengthen the UN as a whole, ”the Inspector of the Navy continued.