On Monday, January 17, 2022 at 10 a.m., the frigate F214 “Lübeck” will leave homeport of Wilhelmshaven to join Standing Nato Maritime Group 2 (SNMG 2) for the last time in the Aegean. The “Lübeck” is the last active representative of the Bremen class F122 and is being prepared for retirement after use.
“My crew and I are now returning to the Aegean after four months at home. At home we were able to master extensive repairs and tests and are now as well prepared as possible for our upcoming assignment. With arrival in June we will probably be eight within a year Months under Corona conditions (i.e. without going ashore) at sea. That is a great burden for everyone. With the necessary professionalism and the motivation of my crew, the ‘Lucky Lübeck’ will also manage the planned last mission of its 32-year service “, said the commander, frigate captain Kai Röckel (43).
In the Aegean, the crew and ship will work closely with the Turkish and Greek coast guards and the European Coast Guard and Border Protection Agency (FRONTEX). The main task of the frigate will be sea surveillance.
“Lübeck” took part in this NATO mission three times in the last four years. She is expected back in Wilhelmshaven in June.