Frigate Bayern in the Pacific: The Return of German Gunboat Diplomacy?

CIMSEC – The German government recently announced the deployment of the frigate Bayern to the South China Sea. With this deployment, Berlin is aiming to send a strong signal to its European and American allies. However, it is one that comes with an exit strategy of a kind that is unique to the use of naval forces. On one hand, Germany wants to be seen as standing up against unilateral Chinese appropriation of international waters. On the other hand, China’s potential counterreactions need to be closely monitored and dangerous escalation avoided, especially in light of China’s current conventional and nuclear capabilities, and Germany’s economic dependence on the Middle Kingdom.

Germany Approves The Procurement Of Five P-8A Poseidon MPA

Naval News – The German parliament has formally approved the procurement of five P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft from Boeing for the German Navy.

Type 212CD: Germany’s Stealth Submarine That Could Sink Anything?

National Interest – In a press release, the German Ministry of Defense announced the conclusion of a contract agreement between Norway, Germany, and Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems for six new Type 212 submarines to be delivered to the German and Norwegian navies. Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is a German shipbuilding company that also designs and builds some of the world’s most advanced non-nuclear submarines.

(Thanks to Alain)

Proposed US submarine-hunting plane prompts hand-wringing in Germany

Defense News – The U.S. government has cleared the sale of five P-8A maritime patrol aircraft to Germany, but Berlin is nowhere near ready to make a decision on the $1.8 billion purchase.

Possible FMS Of P-8A MPA To Germany: P-3C Stop-Gap Solution Or MAWS Alternative ?

Naval News – The United States’ State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Germany of Boeing P-8A Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) and associated support, and related equipment.

Why Europe keeps sending warships to South China Sea?

China Mil – A German frigate would set sail for the Indo-Pacific region early August this year and sail through the South China Sea on its way back about six months later, reported the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, a German newspaper, on March 2 citing several senior officials at the German foreign and defense ministries. Reuters said it that would be the first German warship crossing the South China Sea since 2002.

German Sachsen Frigate to Test a New Naval Laser Weapon

Defense Update – The German procurement authorities have awarded Rheinmetall a contract to develop a key future laser weapon system component.

(Thanks to Alain)

Germany Anticipates Growing Role In Indo-Pacific Region

Naval News – The German Government recently formulated the interests, principles and central areas of German policy in the Indo-Pacific region. The new guidelines are also a contribution to a possible EU-European Union overall strategy for the region.

German Navy F124-Class Frigate ‘Hamburg’ Deploys To Join EUNAVFOR Operation Irini

Naval News – The German Navy (Deutsche Marine) F124 Sachsen-class frigate “Hamburg” set sails today to take part in the European Union’s EUNAVFOR MED IRINI operation in the Mediterranean Sea.

Clausewitz, Corbett, and Corvettes

CIMSEC – Russian appetite for serious mischief-making in the north is, thankfully, considered to be low. But it should prompt us to widen our peripheral vision – to the Mediterranean, the near east, the Indian Ocean, and the Pacific, where we do in fact see a lot more maritime activity.

German Navy chief of staff: The naval force is preparing for challenges beyond 2020

Defense News – The German government’s 2016 defense whitepaper picked up on the fragility and volatility of the political and security landscape around Europe shown in recent years and provided a new strategic outline for the German armed forces and the German Navy. Strategically we have to equally balance collective and national defense with the tasks of international crisis management.

Navies, companies push for torpedo-killing torpedoes

Defense News – Naval forces worldwide are pushing the idea of anti-torpedo torpedoes, with varying success, aiming to translate the promises of missile defense technology into undersea warfare.

German Type 212 Sub Has This ‘Propeller Boss Vortex Diffuser’ To Reduce Its Acoustic Signature

War Zone – Not much is known about the system, but it’s based on similar principals as finned systems commercial ships use to increase efficiency.

German navy returns to treating the Baltic Sea as a potential theater of war

Defense News – The German navy inaugurated its first-ever class of officers leading the multinational Baltic Maritime Component Command today, providing fresh evidence that military planners here take seriously the possibility of a military confrontation with Russia in Germany’s once-pacified back yard.

German Navy’s Woes Continue With Its Pair of Ex-Liberian Tankers Stuck Broken In Port

War Zone – The service can’t meet near-term NATO obligations and has no ships in reserve to rapidly support any extended naval operations in a crisis.

The Curious Case Of Germany’s Massive New But Relatively Toothless Type 125 “Frigates”

War Zone – These odd destroyer sized ships are built for stabilization, crisis management, conflict prevention, and international intervention operations.

All of Germany’s submarines are currently down

Defense News – The German Navy’s six-strong fleet of submarines is completely out of commission after the only operational sub had an accident off the coast of Norway on Sunday.

German Navy to receive five additional K130 corvettes

Janes – Germany will buy an additional five K130 type corvettes in 2017 to offset delays to the MKS 180 Multi-Role Combat Ships (MRCSs) program.

The Baltic Sea and Current German Naval Strategy

CIMSEC – With the deteriorating relations between the West and Russia in the wake of Crimea’s annexation and the hybrid war in Eastern Ukraine since early 2014, the Baltic Sea is suddenly thrust back into the spotlight of naval planners, policy analysts, and students of strategic geography alike. This article lays out some principles of looking at the Baltic Sea through the lens of the German Navy, which – while busy conducting a host of maritime security operations (MSO) in such far-flung places as the Horn of Africa, the coast of Lebanon, and the Central Mediterranean for more than two decades – finds itself returning conceptually to one of its home waters.

Bundeswehr night patrol for refugees on Mediterranean

Deutsche Welle – The Bundeswehr’s Frankfurt am Main warship is patrolling the Mediterranean as part of the European Union’s Operation Sophia. It’s a round-the-clock job for the crew. DW’s Daniel Pelz followed the night watch.

German Navy – German Navy Completes K 130 Fleet

Aviation Week – The German navy’s 1st Corvette Squadron received its fourth K 130 Braunschweig class corvette, the Erfurt, yesterday during a ceremony at Rostock-Warnemünde naval base on the Baltic Sea.

German Navy – Early Retirement For German Navy Patrol Boats And Minehunters

Defense Technology International – The German navy has decided to retire early the Type 143A fast patrol boats (FPBs) Nerz and Dachs and the Type 333 minehunters Kulmbach and Laboe on 31 March 2012.

German Navy – Stranded Egyptians sail home on German warships

Associated Press – After being robbed by Libyan soldiers and huddling in a transit camp on the Tunisian border for several days, some 400 laborers fleeing Libya found themselves on perhaps the strangest stretch of their odyssey – a ride home in three German warships.

German Navy – Anti-piracy Debut For Hamburg

Defense Technology International – The Hamburg will be the first F124 Sachsen class frigate to participate in the EU Operation Atalanta anti-piracy mission.