Navy
Insignia of the Naval Support Command

Support forces and others

In order for the fleet to go to sea and deploy around the world, it needs someone having its back at home.

The formations and services of the support forces not only take care of the technical condition of the vessels, but are responsible for health and recruitment, as well. Also, every sailor of the German Navy has attended at least one of the naval schools in his career.

Last but not least, the Navy has two further entities with special expertise: the NATO Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters and the Naval Shipping Office, the link between the Navy and civil shipping.

Support forces

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Naval Support Command

The engineers of the Naval Support Command take care of the functioning of the Navy‘s equipment worldwide.

Insignia of the Naval Support Command

Navy Institute of Maritime Medicine

The Institute of Maritime Medicine is the medical competence centre of the Navy – both for research and for emergencies.

Badge of the Naval Medical Institute.

Navy Damage Control Operational Training Centre

Virtually every sailor is a firefighter. They are trained by the Damage Control Operational Training Centre.

Badge of the Navy Damage Control Operational Training Centre

Navy Troop Visiting Centre

Anyone interested in jobs and careers in the German Navy can experience it live via the Troop Visiting Centre.

Badge for the Navy Troop Visiting Centre

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Naval schools

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Naval Academy Mürwik

This is the training centre for the officer candidates of the German Navy. They are the future decision-makers and leaders in the fleet and for the troops.

Insignia of the Mürwik Naval Academy

Naval Non-Commissioned Officers’ School

Journeymen and master craftsmen become boatswain’s mates and boatswains through the supervisor training of the Naval Non-Commissioned Officers’ School.

Insignia of the Naval Non-Commissioned Officers’ School

Naval Operations School

The Naval Operations School is the German Navy’s central training facility for tactics, navigation and communications.

Insignia of the Naval Operations School

Naval Engineering School

Ship's engineers, weapons and naval electronics experts, information technicians – they all receive their training at the Naval Engineering School.

Insignia of the Naval Engineering School

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Special institutions

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DEU MARFORGerman Maritime Forces Staff

“German Maritime Forces”, or abbreviated simply DEU MARFORGerman Maritime Forces Staff, is a military command and operational staff. Its personnel lead multinational maritime exercises and operations.

Insignia of the German Maritime Forces operations staff.

COE CSW

The Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters – NATO’s think tank for operations near coastlines – is situated with the German Navy.

Insignia of the Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters

Naval Shipping Office

The Naval Shipping Office mediates between the fleet and the merchant navy. Most of their staff comes from the civil maritime sector.

Insignia of the Naval Shipping Office

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