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Multidimensional naval warfare involves sea-to-land operations. The German Navy has four "active resources" at its disposal for this purpose: In addition to ship artillery and the RBS 15 MK 3 missile, which can also be used against land targets, the sea battalion and the Navy's specialized task forces, the combat swimmers.

The sea battalion of the German Navy consists of eight companies: two shipboard companies, one each for coastal operations, mine diving, reconnaissance, one support and two training companies.

Basically, the battalion protects the ships and boats, bases and land installations of the Navy at home and abroad, on the high seas or on the coast. The association's other capabilities range from ship controls, explosive ordnance disposal and evacuations to protecting merchant ships and ports from terrorist threats to multinational amphibious operations.

Sweden has equipped its amphibious formations with the Combat Boat 90 (Photo: Saab-Dockstavarve)

In the course of improving its tactical mobility, the procurement of task boats is being considered. With them, the unit stationed in Eckernförde would receive the gain in capability specified in the concept of the Bundeswehr, to act in a limited amphibious manner up to the option of evacuating German citizens even under threat. The combat or task boat allow improved capability for port protection, optimize the control of maritime traffic and enable surveillance tasks in the offshore area. This increases the quality of the fulfillment of the tasks mentioned. The control of maritime traffic could also be significantly improved compared to the means currently used, the Buster boats. The open boats have limited sea endurance and limited standing time. When patrolling roadsteads or protecting offshore facilities, they are not the optimal tool. However, these scenarios are quite realistic for the Navy.

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