Operations training center for marine damage defense

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Mission training center damage defense marine
- EAZS M -

Coat of arms of the EAZS

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Lineup 1959
Country GermanyGermany Germany
Armed forces Bundeswehr Kreuz.svg armed forces
Armed forces marine marine
Branch of service Navy training center
Insinuation coat of arms Naval command
Location Coat of arms Neustadt in Holstein.png Neustadt in Holstein
commander Sea captain Eckard Menzel
View over the Neustädter Hafen to the base and the facilities of the EAZS

The Marine Damage Defense Training Center ( EAZS M ) is a German Navy school in Neustadt in Holstein . It is subordinate to the department head of operations in the naval command in Rostock .


The marine damage defense training center was set up from 1958 and set up in Neustadt in Holstein in 1959 under the name of the ship safety teaching group. The first commander was captain at sea Gerhard Junack, later commanders held the rank of frigate captain . Until 2010, all commanders came from a shipping engineering career.

The ship safety teaching group was initially directly subordinate to the ship's engine command , from 1962 to command of ship technology . In 1965 the subordination for the inspection of ship technology in the naval office changed .

During this time, the ship safety teaching group was divided as follows:

  • commander
    • Rod
    • Head of fire protection, leak protection, NBC defense
    • 1st inspection: Theoretical ship safety training, officer courses
    • 2nd inspection: Practical ship safety training on board of fleet units, diving exercises, damage prevention
    • 3rd inspection: diver training
    • Diving school boats (initially TM 1 , TM 2 and Ems , later Baltrum and Juist )

On January 1, 1974, the ship safety teaching group was subordinated to the Technical Naval School I in Kiel and later renamed the Ship Safety Training Center ( AZS ).

When the submarine training group previously stationed in Neustadt was dissolved, a fourth inspection was set up, which is responsible for submarine rescue training.

On April 1, 2010, the AZS was given an expanded area of ​​responsibility , renamed the Mission Training Center for Damage Defense Marine . It has since been led by a sea captain of the operational career.

The EAZS also has a support center for civil training and further education with the training course for IT specialist system integration via civil training providers.

In the course of the realignment of the German Navy , the Operations Training Center Damage Defense Navy (EAZS M) in Neustadt / Holstein was placed directly under the command of the Navy during a ceremonial inspection on March 26 . Since April 1, 2013, the Operations Department Head has been responsible for the fortunes of the EAZS M at naval command level. The previous technical subordination as a teaching group of the Naval Technology School (MTS) in Parow ended after 13 12 years.

The 60th anniversary of the Marine Damage Defense Training Center was celebrated on August 23, 2019 in the presence of the Head of Operations in the Marine Command , Rear Admiral Jürgen zur Mühlen .


Training goals

In the first decades, the training was geared towards the manual mastery of ship safety . This primarily included fighting fires and water ingress, the use of rescue equipment and NBC defense . In addition, the ship safety teaching group trained marine divers from the start and has been a civilly recognized diving training company since 1958.

In 1994, the training was converted in the sense of a holistic combat training of warships , which has since been referred to as Damage Defense Combat Service Training (SAGA). It includes operational aspects, the medical service and troubleshooting in all technical areas. This connects the external battle - with the enemy - and the internal battle - with the effects of hits and failures in your own ship. The aim is to maintain the combat value of the ship even under enemy action.

Forms of training

On the one hand, courses take place at the EAZS, in which German and foreign navy personnel and seafarers from sea and inland waterway transport are trained. On the other hand, the EAZS trains ship crews in a team on board.

In the courses, all marine personnel at sea learn the ship safety skills they require . In addition to basic knowledge of ship safety, such as wearing breathing apparatus , this includes advanced qualifications for NCOs and officers. NCOs with portepee are trained to be leaders on site and, in a second step, to be ship security group leaders.

Officers learn damage management with the aim of maintaining the combat value of the ship. This training includes the leadership seminars for boat, squadron and ship command teams with a focus on damage area analysis and the port fire extinguishing role.

The team training of the boats or ships takes place in a training phase lasting several days in the Neustädter Bucht. In addition, training teams are deployed to train the ships on the way to the mission or in the operational area.

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The technical diving service is used to carry out work under water. For this purpose, soldiers are trained to become divers with the qualifications of swim divers , diving operations managers, ship divers or operations managers for ship divers in order to be deployed in groups of divers on board ships or in naval bases . In further training courses, the training is continued up to the certified diver. In addition, medical staff is trained in diving medicine and trained to become a diving doctor or diving doctor assistant.

U- boat crews are trained at EAZS in handling rescue equipment specially introduced for submarines . In addition, exiting a sunken submarine from a depth of 32.5 m can be practiced in the deep diving pot, which is also the tallest building in Neustadt at over 50 m in height.

In addition to these training courses, due to its competence and the training facilities, the school is also often used by members of the civil shipping industry for safety training, including the DGzRS .



The EAZS is located in a barracks that served as a training facility for submarine crews during World War II . The naval base belonging to the EAZS was now home to submarines , inland minesweepers and speedboats . After a brief use as a marine supply school , the newly established submarine teaching group was stationed in Neustadt in 1960 . The barracks also serve as a base for the Federal Police (lake) .

Training institutions

Diving school boat Juist
Training hulk Cologne

The following training facilities are available at EAZS:


  • Dierk Möller-Nolting, Olaf Sander: The internal battle - the operational training center damage defense marine . In: Marineforum . 4-2010 p. 23 ff.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Bundeswehr: Operations Training Center for Damage Defense Marine is directly subordinate to marine command. www.marine.de, March 28, 2013, accessed on September 12, 2013 .
  2. Axel Schimpf. The naval command in Rostock - the navy on course for the future . In: Marineforum 1 / 2-2013, p. 22ff.
  3. Deutsche Marine - press release / press date: 50 years of the ship safety training center. Open days in Neustadt in Holstein. June 30, 2009, accessed May 8, 2014 .
  4. Divers in the German Navy . in: Jürgen Rhades: Yearbook of the German Navy . Episode 7, Bremen 1971, p. 53 ff, ISBN 3-7961-4290-7 .
  5. a b Hans-Günter Portmann. SAGA: Anti-Damage Combat Training . In: Marineforum 11-1997 p. 4f
  6. a b c Dierk Möller-Nolting, Olaf Sander: The inner battle - the operational training center damage defense marine . In: Marineforum . 4-2010 p. 23 ff.
  7. Press and Information Center of the Navy: Leak and fire defense: Training center turns 60 years old. In: Internet presence. Bundeswehr, August 26, 2019, accessed on July 26, 2020 .
  8. ^ Uboat teaching group ULG. In: The submarine weapon of the German Navy. U-Boot Kameradschaft Hamburg e. V., accessed on May 8, 2014 (information on the deep immersion pot).
  9. Narrow, dark and much too hot . ( Memento of February 4, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) (training of inland waterway operators)
  10. DGzRS training station in Neustadt i. H. DGzRS , accessed on June 6, 2016 .
  11. The President of the Schleswig-Holstein State Parliament, Martin Kayenburg: 50 Years of the German Navy ( Memento from September 27, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) (speech on the occasion of the ceremony on October 1, 2006 in Kiel Castle).

Coordinates: 54 ° 5 ′ 59.7 ″  N , 10 ° 48 ′ 24.6 ″  E