EU NAVFOR Welcomes German Frigate FGS LUEBCK

EU NAVFOR Welcomes German Frigate FGS LUEBCK

On 03 December, EU NAVFOR welcomed the German frigate FGS LUEBCK to EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation ATALANTA.

Commanded by Commander Martin Ruchay, the ship and her 219 crew members will operate in the area of operations of the Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden and Arabian Sea for the next two months. Her tasking will be to conduct counter-piracy patrols in the region, to escort World Food Program (WFP) and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) vessels, and to contribute to the monitoring of fishing activities off the coast of Somalia.

The ship has been in service with the German Navy since 1990, displaces 3,700 tons and is equipped with two Sea-Lynx helicopters which extend the area of influence and can carry troops and logistic supples.

EU NAVFOR conducts counter-piracy in the Indian Ocean and is responsible for the protection of World Food Program ships carrying humanitarian aid for the people of Somalia and the logistic support vessels of the African Union troops conducting Peace Support Operations in Somalia. Additionally, EU NAVFOR monitors fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.

Naval Today Staff , December 06, 2011; Image: eunavfor