April 27, 2020 (Google Translation) – On Tuesday, April 28, 2020, the frigate “Mecklenburg-Vorpommern” will return to Wilhelmshaven from the Aegean. At 10 a.m. the frigate will moor at the repair pier in the inner harbor. On January 17, she had left her home port with the Mediterranean course. There the ship belonging to the 2nd Frigate Squadron was part of the NATO association “Standing Nato Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2)”.
For the past three months, the main focus has been on maritime surveillance in the Aegean Sea. The ship and its crew have contributed to the support of the Turkish and Greek Coast Guard and the European Coast Guard and Border Guard Agency (FRONTEX) on behalf of NATO. After around 22,300 nautical miles, which corresponds to a good 41,000 kilometers, the “Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania” returns home after it was replaced on the spot by the task force provider “Berlin”.
“Our mission as the flagship of the 14th contingent ‘NATO support Aegean’ was ‘extraordinary’ in many ways. In addition to the short-term worsening of the migration crisis in early March 2020, we were the first German ship to be actively involved in a SOLAS case (Safety of Life at Sea) and rescued 27 people from distress at sea. In addition, the measures taken as part of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in us not being able to leave the ship for over nine weeks, “explains the ship’s commander, frigate captain Torben Jürgensen (44). . “I am proud of the crew of the ‘Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’, who did an excellent job and did their part to stabilize the situation. The experience has welded us together, but now we look forward to at home”,
After returning home, life on board with a reduced crew continues. A large part of the crew will be able to take a vacation, while at the same time various repair measures for the next projects have to be carried out. In June, the program will initially include an individual training phase at sea. After the summer break, the frigate is planned as a flagship for various maneuvers in the second half of the year.