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Liverpool welcomes crew of German task force on international tour.

A GERMAN task force sailed into Liverpool yesterday as part of an international tour.

The task force, consisting of three ships, is making Merseyside the final stop in a six-month tour which has taken them around the world.

Both FGS Sachsen and Lubeck are frigates and have berthed at Huskisson Dock, while Frankfurt am Main, a combat support vessel, has moored at the Cruise Liner Terminal.

All three ships are part of the German navy and include more than 600 crew.

They are due to leave on Tuesday, Members of the public will be able to visit the Frankfurt am Main on Sunday from 1pm to 4pm, when they can also meet members of the crew.

Commander Task Group, Captain Jens Beckmann, will also host a lunch on board for guests including the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Mike Storey, and the German Ambassador Georg Boomgaarden.

Captain Beckmann said: "My crews are proud of their ships and are looking forward to being able to show them off to the British public and chat about their roles on board."

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The German navy support-hospital ship, Frankfurt am Main, at the cruise liner terminal, Pier Head, where she will stay until Tuesday Picture: ANDREW TEEBAY/
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Jun 5, 2009
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