March 11, 2020 (Google Translation) – On Thursday, May 7th, 2020, the frigate “Hamburg” embarks on a long journey. Demanding months await the commander Christian Herrmann (43) and his crew. The ship of the German Navy was part of the NATO Standing Nato Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) in the Aegean Sea until the end of January.
The operational follow-up flows seamlessly into the preparations for the coming seafaring. Because after leaving the home base in Wilhelmshaven, the frigate will attend the Port of Hamburg’s birthday from 8 to 10 May 2020 as the flagship. The unit then begins the missile shooting trip towards Norway.
The crew then expects a five-month training trip abroad halfway around the world. This includes in particular the participation in the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS under French leadership) in Reunion at the end of June. IONS is made up of 23 nations that permanently hold areas that abut or lie in the Indian Ocean, and 9 observer nations. Germany has an observer role here.
After participating in the IONS, the frigate fits into the German-French maneuver DEFRAM. Cooperation with the French Navy is being trained and consolidated there. After the association has ended, “Hamburg” will head towards Australia and will probably visit various ports in the Indian Ocean from there. In addition to the port visits, exercise sections with the navies of the respective host countries are planned.