Gorch Fock Returning to Kiel March 25th

On Friday, March 25, 2022 at 10 a.m., the sailing training ship “Gorch Fock” is expected back in its home port of Kiel. This ends after a little more than four months and around 8,000 nautical miles the 171st foreign training trip (AAR) and thus the first sea voyage after a long stay in the shipyard.

Under the command of Captain Nils Brandt (55), the white three-master with a total of around 100 crew members set course for the Canary Islands at the end of November. After successful training of the regular crew and sailing crew, the “ambassador in white” spent Christmas in the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of Tenerife. Dealing with Covid-19 and the pandemic situation on site meant that the first training trip had to be canceled and the training of the young officers could only begin in Malaga with the second trip. A total of 70 cadets were trained. Four of them were exchange officers from France, Senegal, Thailand and Colombia.

“It was a special experience for us when the ‘Gorch Fock’ was accompanied by her sister ship ‘Sagres’ of the Portuguese Navy when it arrived in Lisbon. Our first port abroad and the journey together with the ‘Sagres’ up the Tejo was very nice and a great gesture from our Portuguese comrades,” says the commander. “For me personally, of course, meeting the frigate ‘Schleswig-Holstein’ was also a moving moment,” enthuses the former ship operations and navigation officer (1995 – 1999) and commander (2009 – 2011) of this frigate. After arriving, the commander and crew look forward to spending time together with the family.

For Captain Nils Brandt it was the last voyage as commander of the “Gorch Fock”. With the arrival in Kiel, his almost eight-year tenure on the training ship will soon end. At the end of March he will hand over command to his successor.

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