The German Navy supply ship FGS Berlin has departed EUNavFor’s Operation Atalanta and is replaced by the frigate, FGS Lubeck.
Since becoming part of the ongoing EU counter-piracy operation off Africa’s east coast in July, Berlin completed 21 replenishment at sea (RAS) drills. Her final “customer” for the transfer of fuel and other supplies was the current EUNavFor flagship ITS Andrea Doria.
EU Force commander, Rear Admiral Guido Rando, and nine members of force headquarters were aboard the Italian destroyer for the RAS and also spent some time aboard the Berlin, visiting the German support vessel by way of its SH-3D Sea King helicopter.
The visit gave Rando the opportunity to personally thank Berlin’s Commanding Officer, Commander Marcel Rosenbohm, for its contribution to Operation Atalanta as a warship, support vessel and “floating hospital” with its impressive medical facilities and medical personnel embarked.
In addition to 21 RASs Berlin and her crew conducted capacity building in Djibouti and Seychelles, escorted a World Food Programme (WFP) vessel and conducted counter-piracy operations and port visits throughout the area of operations. She will return to her home port, Wilhelmshaven, and is expected there at the end of this month.
Berlin’s replacement, the Lubeck, is under the command of Commander Peter Christian Semrau and he and his crew have sent several months preparing for the Atalanta deployment.
“After nine months of preparation and training the Lubeck’s crew are ready to deliver their contribution to Operation Atalanta,” he said.
She will remain on station off the east coast of Africa until February where another German frigate, FGS Bayern, will relieve her.