FGS Erfurt Joining NATO’s SNMG1 Instead of UNIFIL off Lebanon

On Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 10 a.m., the corvette “Erfurt” currently based in Wilhelmshaven will set sail to join Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG 1). The naval association is primarily responsible for controlling and protecting strategically important sea routes in the North Atlantic, North Sea and Baltic Sea.

The K130-class corvette actually left its home port of Warnemünde last Saturday to take part in the UNIFIL mission (United Nations Interims Force in Lebanon) off the Lebanese coast. The current reason for this measure is the Russia-Ukraine crisis, which is currently escalating, and the increased threat that Germany’s partners in Eastern Europe in particular perceive. “For politicians, this shows that the Navy can demonstrate political priorities in this difficult situation with little effort, maximum attention and, moreover, mostly in the sovereignty-free area of ​​the high seas. To the potential adversary as well as to the ally and value partner in distress,” emphasizes Vice Admiral Jan C. Kaack (59), Commander of the Fleet.

The intensification of activities on the northern flank is a concrete expression of the German Navy’s close ties with its alliance partners. Our allies and alliance partners can rely on the German Navy to make its contribution to strengthening NATO’s operational and defense readiness.

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