FGS Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to join Op Sophia in September

first_img Authorities FGS Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to join Op Sophia in September View post tag: Op Sophia August 12, 2016 German Navy’s F123 Brandenburg-class frigate FGS Mecklenburg-Vorpommern will depart her homeport in Willhelmshaven on August 16 to join the EU mission against human trafficking in the Mediterranean Sea.Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is expected to join the EUNAVFOR Op Sophia at the beginning of September, the German Navy said. The frigate will first sail in the Baltic Sea where she will conduct damage prevention and combat readiness exercises before heading to the operational theater.The frigate’s commander, Frigate Captain Christian Schultze explains: “The upcoming deployment requires best-possible preparations for both the ship and crew. These will be undertaken in the weeks until mid-September in order to tackle the challenges of this deployment. My crew has worked hard, is motivated, engaged, focused and will successfully master the deployment”.Prior to this mission, the F 123 frigate took part in a missile firing exercise off the coast of Norway together with F 124 frigate Sachsen and the K 130-class corvette Oldenburg in April.Back in December 2015, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was involved in a collision with a container ship in the 98-kilometer-long Kiel Canal, near Rendsburg, Germany on December 9. The warship was damaged at the stern area while the container ship had a breach in the starboard area and two broken containers.As for the Operation Sophia mission, German Navy vessels have been part of it since June 2015.According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), one million people reached Europe over the Mediterranean Sea in 2015. Of those, 154.000 crossed the Central Mediterranean Sea.In July 2016, Operation Sophia vessels reached the mark of 20,000 migrants saved in the Mediterranean Sea since mission start in 2015.Italian authorities have, so far, been able to apprehend 72 suspected smugglers on the basis of intelligence provided by Op Sophia vessels. Back to overview,Home naval-today FGS Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to join Op Sophia in September View post tag: German Navy View post tag: FGS Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Share this articlelast_img read more

Oteil Burbridge Announces New Album & Fall 2017 Tour

first_imgOteil Burbridge has announced full details on his upcoming Oteil & Friends tour, as well as a new solo album Water In The Desert. During his time off from Dead & Company, the bassist will be joined by JGB keyboardist Melvin Seals, Lettuce/Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno, Further guitarist John Kadlecik, Primus/RatDog/Electric Beethoven drummer Jay Lane, former Nth Power and current Trombone Shorty percussionist Weedie Braimah, and vocalist Alfreda Gerald for a 10-date tour this November.“Let Oteil Sing” Campaign Brings $4K To The Gorilla Doctors Following Dead & Co’s 2017 Summer TourIn addition to the tour announcement, Burbridge also announced a new solo record, Water In The Desert, available for pre-order today. The album was produced by David Ryan Harris (who spent much of 2017 on the road with John Mayer), and will feature some of his favorite players, including brother Kofi Burbridge on keys, Lil’ John Roberts and Sean O’Rourke on drums, Mark Rivers and Alfreda Gerald on vocals, Dave Yoke on guitar and Miguel Atwood Ferguson on strings. “We had a great time making this record. I hope you enjoy it!” says Burbridge in a press release. The album’s release date has not been specified but is expected to drop this fall. You can pre-order Oteil’s upcoming studio album via Pledge Music here. You can also enjoy the title track off Water In The Desert from when Oteil played it at Summer Camp 2015 with Roosevelt Collier and Alfreda Gerald.Oteil & Friends’ tour kicks off on October 31st with a Halloween show at Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, PA. The tour then moves to Pour House in Charleston, South Carolina for a show on November 1st, before moving on to Athens’ Georgia Theatre. The group then has three dates across North Carolina scheduled from November 3rd through 5th in Asheville, Charlotte, and Raleigh, respectively. On November 6th, the band has a performance at the Fillmore in Silver Springs, Maryland, before heading north for a date at The Rex in Pittsburgh the next night. The tour will end at the Soundstage in Baltimore on November 8, and one at Le Poisson Rouge in New York on November 9. You can head to Oteil’s website for more information.“VIP Experience Ticket” sales will begin on Thursday, August 24th at noon EST. Venue sales will begin on Friday, August 25th at noon EST. [photo by Michael Bloom Photography]last_img read more