Naval Force Protection Battalion (Germany)

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Naval Force Protection Battalion (Seebataillon)
Wappen SeeBtl.jpg
Coat of arms of the German Naval Force Protection Battalion
Active 2014–present
Country  Germany
Branch  German Navy
Type naval infantry
Size 800
Part of Einsatzflottille 1
Garrison/HQ Eckernförde
Nickname(s) "Multitool der Marine" (Multitool of the Navy)[1]
Motto(s) "Vom Land zum Meer – Vom Meer zum Land" (From land to sea - from sea to land)[1]
Commanders
Current
commander
Fregattenkapitän Axel Meißel
Insignia
Beret badge M Barettabzeichen MSich.png

The Naval Force Protection Battalion (German: Seebataillon) is a land formation of the German Navy. It was formed in Eckernförde on 1 April 2014, succeeding the Naval Protection Force, against a background of rapidly escalating tensions in Eastern Europe centering around Ukraine.

Structure[edit]

The Naval Force Protection Battalion is made up of around 800 sailors and structured into four companies plus support elements. Every company, led by a lieutenant commander (Korvettenkapitän, OF-3), is specialized in specific field of force protection.

  • Seebataillon[2]
    • HQ
      • S1
      • S2
      • S3
      • S4
      • S6
      • medical support group
    • coastal defence company (Küsteneinsatzkompanie)
      • 1st platoon
      • 2nd platoon
      • 3rd platoon
      • 4th platoon
      • 5th platoon (inactive)
    • boarding company (Bordeinsatzkompanie)
      • 1st platoon
      • 2nd platoon
      • 3rd platoon
      • 4th platoon
    • mine clearance diving company (Minentaucherkompanie)
      • diver platoon (for seabased operations, e.g. aboard minesweepers)
      • mobile platoon
      • EOD platoon
    • reconnaissance company (Aufklärungskompanie)
    • support company (Unterstützungskompanie)
      • technical support
      • logistical support
    • training centre
    • beach master platoon (planned)

Equipment[edit]

Personal Weapons[edit]

Anti-Tank-/Anti-Structure Weapons[edit]

Vehicles[edit]

Name Type Picture
Eagle IV Armored car (military) Bundeswehr mowag eagle IV front.JPG
Dingo 1/2 Infantry mobility vehicle Dingo 2.jpg
MAN trucks Truck MAN 10to gl.jpg
Mercedes-Benz Axor 1829 A 4x4 Truck Mercedes Benz Axor 1829 A 4x4 Bundeswehr.jpg
Unimog trucks Truck Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 5000.jpg
Mercedes-Benz 250 GD "Wolf" Utility car Bundeswehr MB Wolf.jpg

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Presse- und Informationszentrum Marine (1 April 2014). "The multitool of the navy". marine.de. Retrieved 25 August 2017. 
  2. ^ [1]

External links[edit]