EU NAVFOR welcomes the German frigate FGS HAMBURG to the MissionNovember 22, 2010 - 17:58
The German air defence frigate FGS HAMBURG, has just integrated the EU NAVFOR Task Force on 21 November.
FGS HAMBURG and its crew are fully prepared and trained to take an active part within the Task Force in anti-piracy operations. The warship is equipped with an extensive range of self defence equipment and carries two Lynx helicopters on board. FGS HAMBURG also maintains an on board medical facility and has two interpreters (Arabic and Somali) within her crew.
The flexible of FGS HAMBURG will allow her to adapt to counter-piracy missions with ease. FGS HAMBURG will prove to be an asset to the EU NAVFOR Mission. FGS HAMBURG has a crew of 229 and has served in the German Navy since commissioning in 2004.
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