Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement to mark the departure of the frigate Bayern for Asia on 2 August 2021:
The Indo-Pacific is where the international order of the future will be decided. We want to help shape it and to take on responsibility for upholding the rules‑based international order. This is why we are helping to monitor the UN sanctions against North Korea and expanding our partnerships and our involvement in the region, including through the EU’s Strategic Partnership with ASEAN and consultations on security policy with Japan and Australia. And this is why the frigate Bayern is setting sail for Asia today. Its mission is to support us in upholding international law and improving security in the Indo-Pacific together with our partners.
The frigate Bayern will leave the north-west German port of Wilhelmshaven for Asia on 2 August. On a voyage lasting around six months, the ship will join in maritime monitoring of the United Nations sanctions against North Korea, dock at ports in partner countries and take part in multilateral activities, among other things. It will thus help to strengthen the rules-based order and security policy cooperation with the region. The voyage represents a further step towards implementing the German Government policy guidelines on the Indo-Pacific region, which were adopted on 2 September 2020.