German Navy to Send its Frigate Hamburg on Five-Month Indian Ocean Deployment

German Navy (Deutsche Marine) is planning to send its F124 Sachsen-class frigate Hamburg (F220) to the Indian Ocean on a five-month training deployment.

According to the Navy, the Indo-Pacific deployment is scheduled to begin in July this year.

The frigate Hamburg, which is assigned to the Navy’s 2nd Frigate Squadron (2. Fregattengeschwader) will sail from its homeport of Wilhelmshaven for the deployment. Hamburg is currently being prepared for the upcoming deployment.

The trip includes a visit to the port on the French island of Reunion. The Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), held this year by the French Navy (Marine Nationale), will take place there at the end of June. In connection with the IONS, the frigate will also take part in the Franco-German DEFRAM sea maneuver.

IONS comprises 23 neighboring nations of the Indian Ocean and 9 observer nations including Germany. The first IONS was held in 2008 by the Indian Navy.

The frigate is expected to visit Australia and from there various other ports in the Indian Ocean. In addition to the port visits, exercises with the naval forces of the respective host countries are planned.

FGS Hamburg (F220) is the second of the Sachsen class frigate to be commissioned into the German Navy. She was built by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) in Kiel.

She is based at Wilhelmshaven, initially as part of 1. Fregattengeschwader with the other ships of the Sachsen class, and from 9 January 2005 as part of the 2. Fregattengeschwader, which itself became part of the new Einsatzflottille 2 on 27 June 2005.

Each Sachsen class frigates are outfitted with a 32-cell Mark 41 (Mk 41) Mod 10 Tactical Vertical Launching System (VLS) that can be armed with SM-2 Block IIIA missiles. 24 SM-2 Block IIIA missiles along with 32 (quad-packs per cell) RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM) are the primary anti-air weapons of the frigates.

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