Fleet Commander: “German Navy Shows Alliance Solidarity”

Since 1 February, Germany’s naval forces have been stepping up their activities on NATO’s northern flank. A tangible expression of solidarity with its allies.

A P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, two mine countermeasure vessels and the frigate “Sachsen” are involved in the measures in the Baltic Sea. At the same time, the German Navy is intensifying its participation in the NATO’s standing naval forces in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean.

“If any navy shows alliance solidarity, it’s ours,” said Rear Admiral Jan C. Kaack, German Fleet Commander. “After all, we are the only navy in NATO that almost consistently provides all four permanent NATO task forces with top trained ships and highly motivated crews.” There are currently more than 500 naval personnel on six vessels deployed for NATO activities north and south flank.

On 14 February, a P-3C Orion undertook a national, i.e. German flagged, intelligence gathering flight with a stopover at the Turku air base of the EU partner Finland. German Navy aircraft have been conducting reconnaissance similar to this since 2014 as part of the so-called NATO Assurance Measures. They support allies in Eastern Europe, and especially in the Baltic States, with specific military capabilities. P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft are particularly flexible: They not only monitor the seas, but also areas on land, and if need be they are primarily used for anti-submarine warfare.

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