The German Navy is involved in monitoring the sea area in the northern flank area with the aim of protecting the critical maritime infrastructure there.
After the incidents at the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines, the German Navy is fulfilling Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s commitment to support Norway, Denmark and Sweden in protecting critical maritime infrastructure. These include oil platforms, submarine cables and pipelines.
“In order to improve the picture of the situation at sea, NATO has taken on the task of coordinating the development of the picture of the situation, especially in the sea area off the Norwegian coast. The German Navy is involved in passages to and from sea maneuvers in these areas, but also with recurring flights with the P-3C Orion off the Norwegian coast,” explains the Inspector of the Navy, Vice Admiral Jan C. Kaack.
There is currently a ship group of the German Navy consisting of the frigates “Rheinland-Palatinate”, “Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania”, “Schleswig-Holstein” and the task force supply ship “Berlin” in the sea area. “The German Navy in Norwegian waters stands for NATO’s promise ‘One for all and all for one,'” emphasizes Kaack.
For the maneuver JFSE Heimdall and Vision 2022, the units with almost 700 soldiers are at sea. In addition, they are involved in developing situational awareness to protect the critical maritime infrastructure in Norwegian waters. Furthermore, the P-3C Orion take off regularly for surveillance flights in the region. The NATO-coordinated Very High Readiness Task Force Maritime VJTF (Very High Readiness Joint Task Force) patrols there with the participation of the German Navy.