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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse24 Jan 2019 12:45 p.m. PST

….potential theater of war

"COLOGNE, Germany The German Navy inaugurated its first-ever class of officers leading the multinational Baltic Maritime Component Command on Wednesday, providing fresh evidence that military planners are seriously considering the possibility of a military confrontation with Russia in Germany's once-pacified backyard.

Navy chief Vice Adm. Andreas Krause established the German Maritime Forces Staff in the northeastern German city of Rostock, where the BMCC headquarters is being built. The German officers, led by a Navy captain, form the core of a small planning cell that will offer its services to the militarized NATO Command Structure once fully operational in 2025 or so.

The move, though largely symbolic at this point, is something of an about-face for the German sea service, which had focused its attention on low-intensity operations in more distant waters following the Soviet Union's fall…."
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jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2019 2:06 p.m. PST

about time.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2019 6:40 p.m. PST

Yep, good to hear, but a lot of equipment is now gone, and I doubt they'll ever recover from what has been scrapped, or sold off, unless a full-blown war occurs again.

Even then, it'll probably be too late to produce most modern vessels, with such long lead times, and high costs.

john snelling24 Jan 2019 8:03 p.m. PST

Thesher01, totally agree! They need to build a navy first.

KYPD3825 Jan 2019 2:43 a.m. PST

Erm… The German navy has 65 commissioned ships, their fleet is bigger than the Russian Baltic fleet, and is pretty state of the art.

Generalstoner4925 Jan 2019 7:41 p.m. PST

Yeah and it's four main ships, F125's, don't have a submarine detecting sonar. The same 4 less capable ships are replacing 8 ships from the previous class. Also almost none of their submarines are functional and the vast majority of those 55 ships are mine sweepers.

The German armed forces are a total joke. Their navy is pathetic.

Lion in the Stars25 Jan 2019 9:15 p.m. PST

Not that I'd want to be attempting ASW ops under Russian air defense coverage…

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2019 11:28 p.m. PST

No one wants to, but sometimes you have to.

Looks like the Turks got an awful lot of their hard-hitting, missiles boats.

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