21st Dec 2021
THE visit by German frigate Bayern at Singapore’s Changi Naval Base in December was a sign of solidarity with Singapore as well as Germany’s continued commitment to the IndoPacific region. This was the assurance given by Germany’s ambassador here H.E. Dr. Norbert Riedel in his welcome speech. The Bayern became the first German navy vessel to cross the South China Sea since 2002. Also present was German Navy Chief Vice-Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach, who was on his introductory visit to Singapore. The Chief Vice-Admiral said the frigate’s visit herald more German vessels can be expected to visit from 2023 onwards.
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