August 20, 2020 (Google Translation) – On Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 10:00 am, the frigate “Brandenburg” will leave its home port in Wilhelmshaven to join the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG 2). When she arrives at the deployment area in the Aegean Sea, she will take over from the task force supplier “Berlin”, which is expected back in Wilhelmshaven in September. Germany normally provides ships to SNMG2 strictly for Aegean Sea division with small ships from local navies on illegal immigrant patrol duties.
“This duty to monitor the sea area in the waters between Turkey and Greece is of particular importance from the evaluation of the federal government. We are all aware of this importance and will do the job professionally and with concentration. Since we are in action almost every day same as the other, the crew is happy about every change and distraction, precisely because during this sea voyage there will be no shore leave in the port “, said the commander, frigate captain Jan Hackstein (46), with a view to the upcoming mission.
In the Aegean Sea, the crew and the ship expect close cooperation with the Turkish and Greek coast guards and the European agency for coast guards and border guards (Frontex). The main task of the frigate will be the surveillance of the sea.
As a result of the global corona pandemic, this mission will mean some hardships for the crew. “Against the background of the ongoing pandemic, however, this ‘mission’ is anything but routine, the protective measures against infection force us to take unusual measures and special requirements. According to the current planning, the crew will not have any opportunity to go ashore during the entire duration of the mission will probably not be allowed to leave the ship until it arrives at our home port in February of next year; a circumstance that will be new and stressful for all of us, “says the commander, describing the unusual situation.
According to the current state of planning, the “red eagle”, as Brandenburg is also called because of its coat of arms, is expected back at the largest Bundeswehr location at the beginning of February 2020.