The Commanders Respond: German Navy

That said, however, we see international conflict prevention and crisis management as the likely operations in the future. In that regard, participation with multinational forces will continue, and in the area of maritime security I believe that increased multinational tasking and conduct of operations will be an absolute necessity.

The German Navy will remain capable of providing a broad profile while further reducing its organizational overhead in the next five years. New multiple-crew concepts, new intensive-use platforms, enhanced mission modularity, as well as our new home-base training concept, will ensure more flexibility to meet upcoming challenges. Once the new F-125 frigates, the multi-role combat ship, and the joint support ship have joined our fleet, we will have upgraded our maritime capabilities significantly.

With our conceptual setup and our broad array of capabilities we will be able to offer a wide variety of options for the response to current and future to risks and threats. In an era of austere defense budgets I see the will for bi- and multi-lateral cooperation increasing to provide security for the common goals of prosperity and freedom of the seas.

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