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German Navy hints at return to Asia-Pacific in 2023

28th December 2021 - 04:08 GMT | by Chen Chuanren in Singapore

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FGS Bayern tied up at Singapore’s Changi Naval Base. (Chen Chuanren)

It is 19 years since the German Navy sent a warship as far as Asia-Pacific, but more visits are planned.

The German Navy is currently planning a second deployment to the Asia-Pacific region in 2023, just as its Brandenburg-class frigate FGS Bayern commences the final phase of its landmark deployment to the region.

VAdm Kay-Achim Schönbach, Chief of German Navy, added that Bayern’s deployment is ‘just a teaser’, and the military is currently looking into deployments of ships for as long as two years.

Schönbach said he wants to have two ships in the next deployment, a frigate and auxiliary vessel to support spares and repairs. He told Shephard that, while not specifically designed for Asia-Pacific operations,

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Chen Chuanren is Shephard’s Singapore correspondent, covering primarily land and sea systems. He served in …

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