Mission UNIFIL - the German Navy's corvette Magdeburg sets sail towards Cyprus

On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at 11.30 am, the corvette "Magdeburg" will leave the home port of Warnemünde and set out with her 60-strong crew to Limassol (Cyprus).


On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at 11.30 am, the corvette "Magdeburg" will leave the home port of Warnemünde and set out with her 60-strong crew to Limassol (Cyprus).
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 K130 Braunschweig class. (Picture source: Bundeswher)


Under the command of frigate captain Thorsten Schäfer (44), the "Echo" crew will replace the "Ludwigshafen am Rhein" corvette and the "Delta" crew in the area between Cyprus and Lebanon. But until then, the marines face two-week isolation on board.

On-site, the corvette will be subordinate to the Brazilian command and will contribute to the UN mission in the Mediterranean together with ships from Brazil, Greece, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Turkey. The crew is expected to return home in February 2021.

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon or UNIFIL is an UN-NATO peacekeeping mission established on 19 March 1978 by United Nations Security Council Resolutions 425 and 426, to confirm Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon which Israel had invaded five days prior, in order to ensure that the government of Lebanon would restore its effective authority in the area.


Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 K130 Braunschweig class. (Picture source: Bundeswher)


About the K130 Braunschweig class:

The K130 Braunschweig class (sometimes Korvette 130) is Germany's newest class of ocean-going corvettes. Five ships have replaced the Gepard-class fast attack craft of the German Navy.

In October 2016 it was announced that the second batch of five more frigates is to be procured from 2022–25. The decision was in response to NATO requirements expecting Germany to provide a total of four corvettes at the highest readiness level for littoral operations by 2018, and with only five corvettes just two can be provided.


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