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German Navy sends Sachsen class frigate Hessen to Red Sea.

| Naval News Navy 2024

According to information published by the Bundeswehr on February 8, 2024, the frigate Sachsen class frigate Hessen embarked on its journey towards the Mediterranean Sea, with its next destination likely to be the Red Sea.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 German Sachsen class frigate Hessen. (Picture source: Bundeswehr)

The ship's journey through the Suez Canal to the Bab al-Mandab Strait hinges on receiving a deployment mandate, as part of the EUNAVFOR Aspides mission aimed at protecting commercial shipping lanes and ensuring freedom of navigation. This mission awaits approval from both the European Union and a mandate from the German Bundestag.

Defence State Secretary Siemtje Möller, present at the ship's departure along with the crew's families and friends in Wilhelmshaven, highlighted Europe's commitment to securing vital trade routes for Germany and Europe through Operation Aspides.

Vice Admiral Jan Christian Kaack, the Navy Inspector, underscored the strategic deployment of the "Hessen" following its recent participation in a NATO maritime group. He stressed the importance of deploying a vessel with the capability and fully trained crew to address potential threats. The frigate has embarked with a crew of about 240, including naval aviators for its helicopters and members of the Marine Battalion.

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Securing maritime routes is a priority, given the heavy reliance on these paths for global trade. The German Navy is actively involved in anti-piracy operations, especially in areas prone to piracy like the Horn of Africa, to ensure the safe passage of commercial and civilian vessels.

The German Navy also participates in humanitarian missions and disaster relief operations worldwide. She also faces challenges particularly in the Indo-Pacific region.

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