Navy Officers Association

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Navy Officer Association V.
purpose Community of interests and values ​​of active and former naval officers
Chair: Vice Admiral ret. D.
Wolfgang E. Nolting
Executive Director: Frigate Captain a. D.
Bernd-Michael Vangerow
Establishment date: November 12, 1918
Number of members: 3114 (as of June 25, 2019)
Seat : Bonn
MOV-Kranz ( Naval School Mürwik , 2014)

The Navy Officer Association ( MOV ) e. V. is an association of active and former naval officers, reserve officers, officer candidates, widows and civil friends of the German navies.


Triggered by the naval order of October 24, 1918 and the Compiègne armistice (1918) , the officers of the Imperial Navy literally stood on the streets after the First World War . On the initiative of frigate captain d. R. Georg Freiherr von Bülow was founded on November 12, 1918 in Wilhelmshaven, the Marine-Officer-Aid (MOH), a self-help organization based on the principle of "standing together to help each other for the future, arranging positions for the members." Changed to Naval Officer Association (MOV).

Since 1922 the "Marine Officer Association" was a member of the United Patriotic Associations of Germany , an amalgamation of various right-wing organizations at the time of the Weimar Republic . Since the chairmen of the MOV, the captains zSaD Waldemar Krah (1919–1930) and Gustav v. Stosch (1930–1935) made no secret of their solidarity with the monarchy and their sympathy for the political right, the board succeeded only with great effort. Partly with the benevolent support of the Wehrmacht Department, to maintain a course that was at least outwardly non-political until 1933

The Navy Officer Association was founded in 1935 by the National Socialist German Marine Association . V. (NSDMB) affiliated. In order to anticipate its dissolution and thus the loss of his not inconsiderable fortune, the Commander in Chief of the Navy ordered that the name be changed to "Marine-Officer-Aid eV". in the "National Socialist German Navy Federation" was to be changed and the tasks of the association were to be limited to supporting its members with advice and action, maintaining the tradition and promoting the concept of defense. Male members of the MOV also had to belong to a naval fellowship of the NSDMB.

After the Second World War , the association was dissolved due to Allied ordinances and in March 1952 it was re-established as Navy Officer Aid (MOH) in Krefeld . As in 1918, it was about alleviating material need. Material aid was no longer in the foreground and in 1966 the association was renamed the Naval Officers Association (MOV). The MOH remained as a second association for social issues.

Since the reunification , the MOV sees itself as a "community of interests and values" of officers of the German Navy . As part of the MOV, naval officer fairs are held in some German and foreign cities as a meeting point for active and former naval officers. The German Maritime Institute (DMI) , founded in 1973 out of MOV, publishes the specialist journal MarineForum and promotes the discussion of maritime issues. For the club members the subscription is included in the membership fee and the respective issue is supplemented with news from the clubs and the navy.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary, the annual general meeting 2018 took place in the founding place in Wilhelmshaven.

At the Naval School Mürwik , the "Naval Officers Association" awards the "Admiral Johannesson Prize". However, the attitude of the award's namesake, Rear Admiral Rolf Johannesson , has been in question for some time. He was "culpably involved" in National Socialism and "not worthy of tradition", according to an open letter signed by well-known historians and military officials.

The joint office of MOV / MOH / DMI is located in Bonn . The office is to be relocated to Wilhelmshaven in 2020.

Future headquarters in Wilhelmshaven, "Jadeallee 100"


No. Surname Beginning of the term of office Term expires
1 Frigate captain d. R. Georg Freiherr von Bülow November 12, 1918 March 1919
2 Frigate Captain Siegfried Westerkamp March 1919 September 1919
3 Sea captain a. D. Waldemar Krah September 1919 November 1930
4th Sea captain a. D. Gustav von Stosch November 1930 April 1935
5 Rear Admiral a. D. Hans Erler April 1935 May 1945 (1)
6th Sea captain Heinz Bonatz March 16, 1952 May 1960
7th Frigate Captain a. D. Victor Oehrn March 1960 May 1963
8th Flotilla Admiral a. D. Alfred Schumann May 1963 April 1978
9 Vice Admiral ret. D. Wilhelm Meentzen April 1978 May 1982
10 Vice Admiral ret. D. Horst von Schroeter May 1982 May 1990
11 Rear Admiral a. D. Hanno Meisner May 1990 April 1994
12 Rear Admiral a. D. Klaus-Jürgen Steindorff April 1994 April 1997
13 Flotilla Admiral a. D. Karlheinz Reichert April 1997 October 2004
14th Rear Admiral a. D. Dieter Leder October 2004 May 2006
15th Flotilla Admiral a. D. Karlheinz Reichert May 2006 May 2007
16 Rear Admiral a. D. Klaus-Peter Hirtz May 2007 April 2012
17th Vice Admiral ret. D. Wolfgang E. Nolting April 2012
(1)From May 1945 to March 1952 the association was banned by the Allies .

According to the statutes, the deputy chairman is the chairman of the German Maritime Institute, currently Flotilla Admiral Christian Bock .

Honorary members

Since the re-establishment of the MOV (1952)


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Wolfgang E. Nolting : Foreword to the book Marine Officer Help. Navy Officers Association 1918–2018. 100 years of community of values . Mittler , Hamburg 2018, ISBN 978-3-8132-0981-5 , pp. 9-13 .
  2. ^ Ernst Ottwalt: Germany awake! - Chapter 5, Hess & Co Verlag, 1932
  3. Ernst Ottwalt: Germany awake! (1932) - Online version accessed September 2, 2019
  4. See ibid., P. 388 f. and KW Bird: Weimar, the German Naval Officer Corps and the Rise of National Socialism. Amsterdam 1977, pp. 161-167.
  5. See Federal Order No. 8 [of the NSDMB] of October 20, 1938, in: Deutsche Marine-Zeitung 46th Jg. (1938), no. 11, p. 17 f.
  6. Lutz Rector: 100 Years of the Navy Officer Association: Back to the origin. Wilhelmshavener Zeitung , June 4, 2018, accessed on September 2, 2019 .
  7. taz Doubtful namesake ; accessed September 2, 2019