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German Navy lacks at-sea refuelling capability

09 July 2018

The German Navy announced at the end of June that its two replenishment tankers are not available to refuel ships at sea because of wear and tear and engine problems.

Launched in 1974, the German Navy’s replenishment tanker
        <I>Spessart</I>
        is not available because of wear and tear and engine problems. (Bundeswehr/Christin Krakow)Launched in 1974, the German Navy&#8217;s replenishment tanker <I>Spessart</I> is not available because of wear and tear and engine problems. (Bundeswehr/Christin Krakow)

German navy chief Vice Admiral Andreas Krause said, “We cannot make up for the unavailability of the tankers. The navy has become too small. This is another example of how urgent the modernisation and financing of the navy is.”

The German Navy’s three Berlin-class combat support ships are not available during the second half of 2018 because they are committed to or preparing for the EU’s Operation ‘Sofia’ migrant-monitoring mission in the Aegean.

Germany can therefore not commit a tanker to Standing NATO Maritime Group One.

The German Navy said it has to overhaul Spessart’s diesel engine to examine the exact cause of the problem.

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