Naval base Heppenser Groden

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View over part of the naval base with the locks of the fourth entrance (left), frigates and auxiliary ships of the German Navy

View over part of the naval base with the locks of the fourth entrance (left), frigates and auxiliary ships of the German Navy

country Germany
local community Wilhelmshaven
Coordinates : 53 ° 32 '  N , 8 ° 9'  E Coordinates: 53 ° 32 '3 "  N , 8 ° 9' 18"  E
Opened 1956
Stationed troops
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Naval base Heppenser Groden (Lower Saxony)
Naval base Heppenser Groden

Location of the Heppenser Groden naval base in Lower Saxony

The naval base Heppenser Groden of the German Navy is part of the group of Wilhelmshaven ports in Lower Saxony . It is the lead base and at the same time the largest base of the German Navy and one of the largest naval bases in Western Europe.


With the German rearmament and the establishment of the Federal Navy , the coastal town of Wilhelmshaven became a naval port again in 1956. On January 2, 1956, the first volunteers of the new German navy began Bundeswehr their service in Wilhelmshaven. On June 6, 1956, the first ships came in , mine clearance boats returned by the USA from the former Navy . The new defense concept also provided for the construction of a naval arsenal for the maintenance of the new ship units. In 1957, planning began on the site of the former navy shipyard.

Within 15 years one of the largest employers in Wilhelmshaven was built on the rubble site. At the same time as the construction of the naval arsenal, planning for the reconstruction of the blown up 4th entrance began. In the reconstruction, the new construction of a tide- independent outer port including the naval base was included. The first preparatory work began in 1956. On October 4, 1964, the new 4th entrance opened. The naval base built in the outer harbor on the Heppenser Groden was inaugurated on August 9, 1968.

Port entrance and various staff, accommodation and storage buildings

The facilities at the base have belonged to the Federal Agency for Real Estate Tasks since 2011 , and the Bundeswehr has also become a tenant. The upcoming general renovation of the quays , floating bridges and lock systems of the outer port is to be carried out from 2013 to 2018 under the responsibility of the Wilhelmshaven Waterways and Shipping Office .


The naval base in Heppenser Groden is home to numerous offices and parts of the Bundeswehr and other authorities.

Housing ship Wische of the naval base command Wilhelmshaven


Force Base



Bundeswehr Administration

Other authorities

Established businesses


EGV Berlin (A 1411)

The Heppenser Groden naval base is home to the frigates of classes 122 , 123 , 124 , the future 125 , various supply ships (including the task force supply of class 702 ) and other auxiliary ships (e.g. various tugs and the oil collection ship Eversand ).


The navy in Wilhelmshaven presents itself to the public every year as part of the "Open Wednesday afternoons" in August as well as the annual weekend at the Jade , during which numerous navies from friendly countries present themselves and allow ship tours. It is also the organizer, co-organizer and supporter of numerous sports competitions, etc. a. of the bw-beachen 2007 and the Wilhelmshaven Gorch-Fock-Marathon .

Individual evidence

  1. Gerhard Koop, Erich Mulitze: The Navy in Wilhelmshaven - a picture chronicle of German naval history from 1853 to today . Bernard & Graefe Verlag, Bonn 1997, page 56ff.
  2. Refurbishment of the base in a proven hand . In: Wilhelmshavener Zeitung of March 14, 2012, p. 5.

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