German Bundestag decides on German Atalanta mandate

Dec 19, 2008 - 16:45
Today the German Parliament, the “Deutscher Bundestag”, has decided on the mandate for the German participation in the EU anti-piracy mission 'Atalanta'. The mandate was agreed by a significant majority of almost 90%. The mandate allows a maximum of 1400 troops for one year.

The German Navy will contribute to the operation with the frigate FGS KARLSRUHE, already operating within theatre of operations for some time. Previously, the ship was deployed to the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG 2) and will now change to the EU NAVFOR.

FGS KARLSRUHE (F 212) is one of eight Class 122-frigates, built in the eighties. Mainly designed for anti-submarine-warfare, she carries a wide mix of sensors and armament, including two helicopters SEA LYNX MK 88, for a multi-role capability. Displacing 3700 tons, she is 130 metres long and with a propulsion mix of Gas turbines and Diesel engines providing a capability for a top speed of about 30 knots.