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Rostock-Warnemünde (dpa / mv) – The corvette “Ludwigshafen am Rhein” returned to its home port of Rostock-Warnemünde on Saturday after more than 17 months in the Mediterranean. She was in the Unifil operation of the United Nations (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon), as the naval press office announced. During this time there have been three team changes. The crew “Delta” last spent 101 days on the corvette. The 60-man crew was therefore given the task of helping to monitor maritime traffic and the prevention of arms smuggling off the coast of Lebanon.
Due to the corona pandemic, strict hygiene requirements applied on board, as it was said. Going ashore was also forbidden. Nobody was infected, said a spokesman.
The marines were subordinate to the Brazilian leadership during the Unifil operation, it was also said. In addition to Germany, ships and boats from Brazil, Greece, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Turkey also took part in the UN mission in the Mediterranean. Since the beginning of October the corvette “Magdeburg” has been patrolling the Lebanese coast instead of the “Ludwigshafen am Rhein”. According to the information, the entire fleet association will be subordinate to German leadership from January 2021.