Gorch Fock Departs on First Training Mission After Refit

On Monday, August 8, 2022 at 10 a.m., sail training ship Gorch Fock will leave her homeport of Kiel to embark on the first foreign training voyage under the command of Captain Andreas-Peter Graf von Kielmansegg (55). For the first time in a long time, more than 100 cadets from the 2021 crew will be sailing on the white three-master. Participation in the Hanse Sail in Rostock is planned, as well as a port stay in Stettin (Poland) and Helsinki (Finland). The ship is expected back in its home port of Kiel at the end of September.

Around 100 naval officer candidates will gain initial experience on board the tall ship as part of their basic seamanship training. On board the sail training ship, the course participants learn the basic seamanship. They experience the meaning of “teamwork” and “comradeship” in practice before they start the academic part of their training at the Bundeswehr universities in Hamburg and Munich.

Since she was put into service in December 1958, around 15,000 officer and non-commissioned officer candidates have been trained on the planks of Gorch Fock. In the course of the training trips, she has visited around 390 ports in almost 60 countries on five continents and covered more than 750,000 nautical miles, which is the equivalent of 35 circumnavigations of the earth.

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