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The Inspector of the Navy, Vice Admiral Andreas Krause, informed via Twitter that he made the declaration of takeover for the NH-90 Sea Lion on May 27. Flight operations are scheduled to begin on June 25th. The naval aviation commander, sea captain Thorsten Bobzin, learned that the teething troubles were largely eliminated. The first crews, six members of Naval Aviation Squadron 5, completed their last flight on May 27 on their previous helicopter type Seaking. You now have 14,400 flight hours on this pattern.

After more than four years of development, Airbus Helicopters Germany delivered the first NH-90 Sea Lion to the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use of the Bundeswehr (BAAINBw) on October 24, 2019. The helicopter was then transferred to Nordholz. Due to inadequate and incomplete technical documentation, the Navy did not start operating after delivery. Irregularities in "significantly more than 150 positions" were no basis for structured and therefore safe action when operating the helicopter. The Federal Ministry of Defense announced this on November 27, 2019.
The Budget Committee of the German Bundestag approved the procurement of 18 naval helicopters NH-90 Sea Lion on March 4, 2015. The cost is just under 1.4 billion euros. By 2022, all aircraft should be on the Nordholz Naval Air Base. They replace the Sea King Mk41 multi-purpose transport helicopters that have been in service since the mid-1970s.
Hans Uwe Mergener