Visit of “Flotilla 2” at the Naval Base Wilhelmshaven

At the invitation of the commander of Flotilla 2 – in German “Einsatzflottille”, literally operational flotilla –, Flotilla Admiral Axel Schulz (right), Professor Klaus Schweinsberg visited the naval base in Wilhelmshaven on January 31, 2023. Flotilla 2 is the largest combat unit of the German Navy; it participates with its units in maneuvers such as Northern Coast, Heimdall or Joint Vision. In 2023, the focus will be on securing the so-called northern flank in the North Sea, Baltic Sea and North Atlantic as part of the NATO VJTF (Very High Readiness Joint Task Force). Professor Schweinsberg gave a lecture on “Leading in Times of Uncertainty” to the officer corps of Flotilla 2, followed by a discussion. A tour of the frigate “Hessen” led by its commander, Frigate Captain Volker Kübsch (left), concluded the visit. The frigate “Hessen” had only returned to Wilhelmshaven in November 2022 after two and a half months in the North Atlantic. There, the ship had participated very successfully in exercises of Carrier Strike Group 12 around the newest U.S. aircraft carrier “USS Gerald R. Ford”.