August 26, 2020 (Google Translation) – On Monday, August 31, 2020 at 10 a.m., the “Donau” tender will leave the Warnemünde naval base in order to move to its new home port in Kiel. After a decision to station the ship, the city on the Kiel Canal will be the new home of the supply ship.
In November 1994 the “Danube” was put into service in Warnemünde. Then as now, the ship, which weighs more than 3,000 tons, served to supply units at sea – and it should stay that way. The only difference: the “Danube” and its 70 or so crew members are now in service from Kiel.
The “Danube” is one of five Elbe-class tenders that have been subordinate to the support squadron in Kiel since 2016. Since their commissioning, the “Donau” and “Elbe” tenders have been stationed in Warnemünde to support speedboats and later corvettes.
“We will sail for the last time from the home port of Warnemünde, which has now been in existence for 26 years. For the crew, who for the most part are very deeply rooted in Rostock, this will be a very special and certainly very emotional moment, as it will also bring about major personal changes. “, explains the commander of the” Danube “, Corvette Captain Bernd Abshagen (40).
After leaving the port, the “Donau” will initially move to an arsenal in order to prepare for an upcoming, routine layover time there.
The “Donau” tender is one of six (five belong to the support squadron and one to the submarine squadron) tenders of the German Navy. The core mission of the association is the flexible technical and logistical support of the corvettes, the submarines and the minehunters of the operational flotilla 1. The tenders support floating associations during exercises, missions and duties of the same kind. The supply units are also used regularly as a management platform. Only recently, at the end of June, the “Danube” returned from the permanent NATO mine countermeasures group SNMCMG 1 (Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1). There, the ship, which is over 100 meters long, served as a command platform for up to twelve anti-mine units. The command of the NATO ships was held by a Norwegian command staff,
The tenders supply boats and ships with fuel, fresh water, food, spare parts and ammunition. In addition, they are responsible for the disposal and storage of all waste and hazardous substances. In doing so, they make an important contribution to the fulfillment of orders by other units and enable them to stand for longer at sea.