Naval Office

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Naval Office
- MarA -

COA MarA.svg

coat of arms
active October 1, 1965 to 2012
Country GermanyGermany Germany
Armed forces Bundeswehr Kreuz.svg armed forces
Armed forces Bundeswehr Kreuz.svg German Navy
Type Higher command authority
Strength 4354, of which staff: 1017, plus approx. 4600 course participants
Insinuation Inspector Marine Bundeswehr.svg Navy inspector
Location Rostock , Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
Web presence Official site ( Memento from November 20, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
last head of office Rear Admiral Horst-Dieter Kolletschke

The Marineamt ( MarA ) was a higher command authority of the German Navy , which existed from 1965 to 2012. The staff of the Naval Office was most recently stationed in Rostock , parts of the staff in Wilhelmshaven , Bremerhaven and Berlin . As part of the realignment of the Bundeswehr , the naval command, the fleet command and the naval office were merged on October 1, 2012 to form the naval command based in Rostock.


The Naval Office supported the fleet command in establishing the navy's personnel and material readiness for action. It was responsible for the training of the staff and the procurement and maintenance of the material, as far as these were the responsibility of the Navy.


As early as 1957, the naval command intended to set up a naval office that should be responsible for general naval duties. However, the central naval service station set up for this purpose had to be dissolved again in 1959.

Outline 1965

In 1965, the Naval Office was set up by merging the former Central Naval Command with parts of the disbanded command of the fleet base . It had its seat in Wilhelmshaven and was divided into six inspections, to which the schools of the navy and some other departments were subordinate.

  • Naval Weapons Inspection, arising from the Naval Weapons Command
    • Naval artillery school
    • Artillery Research Center
    • Naval underwater weapons school
    • Torpedo test site
    • Lock test site
    • Submarine hunting test center
  • Inspection of ship technology, emerged from the command of ship technology
    • Technical Naval School I
    • Technical Naval School II
    • Ship safety teaching group
  • Marine Supply Inspection
    • Naval Supply School

The following were directly subordinate to the head of office:

In 1968 the test centers and the ship takeover command were combined in the command for troop tests of the navy .


In 1974 the Naval Support Command (MUKdo) was established as the third higher naval command authority responsible for direct support to the fleet. The Naval Office remained responsible for basic training and naval armament matters. As part of this reorganization, the inspections were dissolved and three new departments for training, armaments and medical services were set up. In 1997 the Naval Office relocated to Rostock. With the commissioning inspection by the then Federal Minister of Defense Volker Rühe on January 29, 1998, the move was completed.

In the course of a further reorganization of the Navy in 2001, the staffs of the Naval Office and the Naval Support Command were merged. The head of the naval office also took over the duties of the commander MUKdo. The naval support command was dissolved on September 30, 2002 and the naval office took over its tasks as well as the management of the naval bases. The logistics department moved from Wilhelmshaven to Rostock in 2003 and was temporarily housed in a rented building of the DSR in the Rostock seaport .

Organization 2002–2012

The naval office was led by the head of office, a rear admiral . He was responsible for the staff of the Naval Office with a number of subordinate agencies.

Naval Office Staff

The staff of the Naval Office

Within the Naval Office, the chief of staff, who led the military staff departments, and the head of the specialist departments, who was also the deputy chief of staff, were subordinate to the chief of staff. The head of the specialist departments, a flotilla admiral , was subordinate to six specialist departments. The two larger departments were also headed by a flotilla admiral.

The Department of Naval Armaments and Logistics (MRL) was responsible for armaments management for the procurement of new defense material (together with the BWB ) and for logistical support in the use of naval weapons systems. The department was led by the Admiral Naval Armaments and Logistics (AMRL).

The Department of Development and Training (WA) is responsible for the further development of the Navy and for training at Navy schools (training instructions, teaching content). The department was led by the Admiral Further Development and Training (AWA).

The Marine Organization department served the structural development of the Navy in accordance with the specifications of the Bundeswehr concept and other basic documents. Among other things, she was responsible for personnel and organizational issues, controlling and the introduction of the SASPF procedure and was headed by a sea ​​captain .

The geographic information department carried out basic work on the naval geographic information system and was part of the Bundeswehr's geographic information service . She was mainly responsible for the maintenance of underwater data and for maritime meteorology.

The Administration Department was responsible for the Naval Office's budgetary affairs and civil contractual matters.

The Navy Disaster Investigation Officer investigates disasters and similar accidents involving naval vessels. He reports directly to the Inspector of the Navy and has been transferred to the naval command almost unchanged.

The subordinate area of ​​the Naval Office

Subordinate departments

The departments subordinate to the Naval Office were not directly subordinate to the head of office, but to one of the three other admirals.

The naval command system in Wilhelmshaven was subordinate to the head of the specialist departments .

The naval bases and the command for troop trials of the navy in Eckernförde were subordinate to the Admiral Naval Armament and Logistics (AMRL) . The Wilhelmshaven naval base command was the superior agency for all bases.

The Navy schools were subordinate to the Admiral Development and Training (AWA).

Heads of office

Command sign of the Chief of the Navy Office
Flag of a rear admiral
No. Surname Beginning of the term of office Term expires Remarks
14th KAdm Horst-Dieter Kolletschke   2010   2012 Dissolution of the Naval Office
13 KAdm Axel Schimpf   2008   2010 then inspector of the Navy
12 KAdm Ulrich Otto   2003   2008
11 KAdm Wolfgang E. Nolting   2000   2003 2000–2001 at the same time commander of the naval support command, subsequently commander of the fleet
10 KAdm Frank Ropers   1998   2000
9 KAdm Hans Lüssow   1997   1998 then inspector of the Navy
8th KAdm Jürgen Geier 0Oct 1, 1991   1996
7th KAdm Hein-Peter Weyher 0Apr 1, 1988 Sep 30 1991 then inspector of the Navy
6th KAdm Dieter Franz Braun 0Apr 1, 1985 31 Mar 1988 then commander of the fleet
5 KAdm Horst Geffers 0Oct 1, 1977 31 Mar 1985
4th KAdm Otto Ites 0Apr 1, 1975 Sep 30 1977
3 KAdm Günter Luther 0Oct. 1, 1972 31 Mar 1975 then inspector of the Navy
2 KAdm Günter Kuhnke 0Apr 1, 1966 Sep 30 1972
1 KAdm Albrecht Obermaier 0Oct 1, 1965 31 Mar 1966 previously Commander of the Central Naval Command


  • Thomas Geißler and others: The Naval Office: Mission, tasks and structure of a higher command authority. In: Wehrtechnik III / 2009, p. 14 ff.
  • Egbert Thomer / Jürgen Rhades: Yearbook of the German Navy 1967 - Episode 2 , Bremen no year.
  • Jürgen Rhades: Yearbook of the German Navy 1975 - Episode 10 , Bremen no year.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Background and status of the detailed planning of the marine area. (PDF; 16 kB) In: February 17, 2012, accessed January 12, 2015 .
  2. ^ Egbert Thomer / Jürgen Rhades: Yearbook of the German Navy 1967 - Part 2 . P. 19 ff. (Marineamt Wilhelmshaven).
  3. Günter Zirkmann: The new organization of the Navy . In: Jürgen Rhades: Yearbook of the German Navy 1975 - Episode 10 . P. 53 ff.