Naval Protection Force (Germany)

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Naval Protection Force (Marineschutzkräfte)
Active 1 April 2005 - 31 March 2014
Country Flag of Germany.svg Germany
Branch Bundeswehr Logo Marine with lettering.svg German Navy
Type Marine (military)
Role Force Protection
Size 496 troops
Garrison/HQ Eckernförde, Schleswig-Holstein
Commander Senior Grade Arne Krüger

The Naval Protection Force (German: Marineschutzkräfte — MSK) was a marine unit of the German Navy. It had the size of a Battalion and was part of the 1st Flotilla (Einsatzflottille 1). It was established on April 1, 2005, but traces its roots back to 1958, when the so-called Sea battalion (Seebataillon) was activated. Its headquarters was in Eckernförde on the Baltic Sea. Next to the Naval Special Deployment Force (Spezialisierte Einsatzkräfte Marine, SEKM), the Naval Protection Force were considered to be an marine element within the German Navy.[1]

The Naval Protection Force battalion was organized into five units: one staff and support company, three naval protection companies and one military intelligence platoon.

On 1 April 2014 the Naval Protection Force became an integral part of the re-formed Seebataillon (Naval Force Protection Battalion).[2]


The Naval Protection Force (Marineschutzkräfte) consisted out of around 500 soldiers and structured into a staff company, three combat companies plus a HUMINT platoon. Every company, led by a lieutenant (Kapitänleutnant, OF-2).

  • Marineschutzkräfte (HQ)[3]
    • Staff and Support Company (S1, S2, S3, S4, S6)
    • 1st Company
      • 1st platoon
      • 2nd platoon
      • 3rd platoon
      • 4th platoon
    • 2nd Company
      • 1st platoon
      • 2nd platoon
      • 3rd platoon
      • 4th platoon
    • 3rd Company
      • 1st platoon
      • 2nd platoon
      • 3rd platoon
      • 4th platoon
    • HUMINT platoon


Despite their short time of existence (8 years), the German Naval Protection Forces participated in a range of national and international Deployments.

International Deployments[edit]

National Deployments[edit]

  • Protection of US-American facilities as part of the Host Nation Support in 2003
  • Protection of US-American ships during the Kiel Week
  • Protection of the Ammunition Supply Ship Westerwald during the mission- and training passage to South Africa and back


Personal Weapons[edit]

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


Name Type Picture
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

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

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