August 31, 2020 (Google Translation) – From August 31, 2020 to September 7, 2020 the maneuver “German Exercise 2020 (GEREX)” will take place in the western Baltic Sea.
The multinational exercise “Northern Coasts” (NOCO) had to be canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting limited participation of foreign navies. Thereupon the inspector of the navy, Vice Admiral Andreas Krause (63) decided to generate a predominantly national exercise with the aim of strengthening the operational readiness of the crews within the framework of the association. GEREX includes individual training as well as tactical association exercises that take place across all ship types. Overall, ships and boats from both flotillas and naval aviators will take part.
The Baltic Sea is a particularly demanding area of operations due to its geography with many straits and islands as well as shallow water depths. Here every single marine has to master his craft in detail. From a maritime perspective, the Baltic Sea is also referred to as “the wet flank” of the German Navy’s operational area. The sea routes there are of great importance for the Navy and its partners.
The main actors in the maneuver will be the mine hunter “Homburg”, the tender “Werra”, the submarine U33, a boarding team of the sea battalion, a P-3C “Orion” and the two helicopters “Sea King” and “Sea Lynx”. The frigate “North Rhine-Westphalia” and the NATO Association Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG 1) will also join the exercise for a short time. The Estonian Navy mine-hunting boat “Ugandi” will also join the maneuver.
The “Northern Coasts” maneuver was launched in 2007 by the German Navy and is abbreviated to NOCO. It is the main exercise of the inspector of the German Navy. Every year, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Finland are responsible for the implementation. Of the participating nations, Sweden and Finland are the two countries that do not belong to the North Atlantic Alliance but to the EU. In addition, Switzerland and Austria are each represented by one soldier.