German Navy Frigate Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Joins NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force
The Germany Navy deployed Brandenburg-class Sort F123 frigate Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (F218) to affix the NATO’s Very Excessive Readiness Joint Job Pressure (VJTF). Throughout this deployment, the frigate will function the flagship of the brand new German commander of the Nato unit for a interval of subsequent six months. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern together with a crew of 210 members, has been deployed within the northern flank space of operation, which incorporates the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and the North Atlantic Sea. The maritime unit of the Nato’s Response Pressure (NRF) might be led by the flotilla admiral Thorsten Marx.
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (F218) is a Brandenburg-class frigate of the German Navy. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the three different frigates of the Brandenburg class have been designed as replacements for the F123 Hamburg-class destroyers. They have been ordered by the German Navy in June 1989 and accomplished and commissioned between 1994 and 1996, changing the Hamburg-class destroyers. The ships primarily perform anti-submarine warfare (ASW), however in addition they contribute to native anti-aircraft defenses, the tactical command of squadrons, and surface-to-surface warfare operations. Along with the F124 Sachsen class frigates, they’re the mainstay of the German floor fleet.
The NATO Response Pressure (NRF) is a high-readiness pressure comprising land, air, sea and particular forces models able to being deployed shortly. Till February 2022, when NATO activated it in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, models assigned to the NRF had solely been used to help with catastrophe reduction and safety at high-profile safety occasions. On 25 February 2022 after a NATO assembly, the Very Excessive Readiness Joint Job Pressure (VJTF) was activated for the protection of members of the alliance, for the primary time. The NRF at the moment contains as much as 40,000 troops and might be elevated to over 300,000 troops.
Final yr, the Very Excessive Readiness Joint Job Pressure (VJTF) was led by France and this yr the duty might be headed by the German forces. Different allied international locations to contribute to this VJTF initiative embody Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Luxembourg, Lithuania, and Slovenia. Together with the maritime pressure, Germany can be deploying almost 11,500 land troops to affix the VJTF. The deployed land troops are from completely different German Armed Forces’ models together with Panzerbataillon 393, Artillerielehrbataillon 345, Versorgungsbataillon 131 and Transporthubschrauberregiment 30.
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