Germany running out of warships
He said that several frigates & auxiliary ships were already decommissioned due to their age.
“The Navy is running out of deployment-capable ships,” Hans-Peter Bartels, chief of the German parliament’s defense committee, told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.
He said that the problem has snowballed over time, because old ships were taken out of service but no replacement vessels were provided.
Bartels, an influential Social Democratic Party (SPD) MP, said that six out of fifteen frigates were already decommissioned, adding that “none of the new Type-125 frigates are able to join the navy.” Auxiliary ships suffered the same fate, with two German Navy replenishment vessels, ‘Berlin’ and ‘Bonn’, being sent for a 1.5-year refit.
He also said the situation is dire because of bureaucracy in the defense agencies as well as military contractors’ reluctance to supply necessary spare parts on time.
According to Bartels, the Navy has to wait for five months to receive fuel injection pumps or six months to take delivery of oil coolers for its frigates.
The shortage of ships will eventually affect Germany’s capability to project power overseas, he stated. “There would be no new maritime missions for NATO, the EU or the UN anymore,” Bartels went on to say. ■