September 14, 2020 (Google Translation) – On Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 10 am, the task force supplier (EGV) “Berlin” will return to its home port of Wilhelmshaven after more than five months from the NATO support mission in the Aegean Sea.
At the beginning of April the “Berlin” left Wilhelmshaven under the command of frigate captain Stefan Klatt (51) to join the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG 2) in the Aegean. The Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 usually consists of several destroyers and frigates as well as a supply ship for the fleets of various NATO member states – including always a ship from Germany. With these naval vessels, the main skills of the association are primarily control and protection of strategically important sea lanes.
In the Aegean Sea, the crew worked closely with the Turkish and Greek coast guards and the European Coast Guard and Border Guard Agency (Frontex). The main task of the EGV was to create a picture of the situation in the Aegean Sea.
The crew also set a very special record with their work. You have spent the longest time on board without going ashore in the history of the German Navy. “Sure, the focus is on the joy of being home again. After all, due to the pandemic, we spent five and a half months in isolation from the outside world. I am very proud of the crew that managed it in a disciplined and relaxed manner – and did a first-class job “said Commander Klatt proudly.
The “Berlin” covered a total of 36,000 nautical miles in the NATO support mission in the Aegean Sea.