June 4, 2020 (Google Translation) – On Friday, June 5, 2020 at 10 a.m., the frigate “Lübeck” under the command of frigate captain Mathias Rix (45) will arrive in Warnemünde and will be at the passenger quay until Sunday, June 7, 2020.
Already on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020, the more than 5,000-ton ship and its crew of around 200 left Wilhelmshaven’s home port in the direction of the Baltic Sea to take part in the international maneuver Baltic Operations 2020 (BALTOPS). The annual maneuver serves to train the multinational cooperation of ground, naval and air forces in various military exercise scenarios in the Baltic Sea region.
“The focus of this year’s exercise is in the areas of air defense, submarine hunting and surface sea warfare. The men and women of ‘Lübeck’ are therefore well trained and highly motivated to perform this maneuver, which is why I am delighted with my crew at BALTOPS To be allowed to participate in 2020 “, said frigate captain Rix.
The exercise is led by the 6th US Fleet. Almost 28 ships and 28 aircraft are involved. In addition to Germany and the United States, the participating nations also include the NATO member states Poland, Great Britain, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Norway, France, Italy, Denmark, Canada, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Greece, the Netherlands and the non-NATO member states Finland and Sweden.
In addition to the frigate “Lübeck” and the two helicopters of the Sea Lynx Mk 88 A type, the two tenders “Werra” and “Donau”, the mine hunting boats “Weilheim” and “Grömitz” and a sea reconnaissance aircraft are from the German Navy type P-3C “Orion” involved.
To maintain operational readiness, BALTOPS also takes special infection protection measures to contain the COVID-19 virus. “On board the ‘Lübeck’ we try – wherever possible – to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters. In order to minimize the risk of third-party infection by people on board, I therefore decided that my crew and I would remain on board in Warnemünde Conversely, this unfortunately also means that no visits to the frigate are permitted during the stay in port, “explains Rix.
The short stay in Warnemünde is used by the ship and crew for final preparations, such as a fuel transfer, before continuing on to the Baltic Sea. After completing the maneuver, the frigate “Lübeck” will return to its home port of Wilhelmshaven to prepare for further seafaring.