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EU Operation in the Mediterranean: The fight against human traffickers and arms smugglers

Germany is involved in rescuing refugees in difficulties at sea within the framework of Operation Sophia. (Source: Bundeswehr/Jonack)

Berlin, 24.05.2017.
German troops are to continue to be part of the EU-led Operation Sophia, the Cabinet has decided. The mandate is limited until 30 June 2018. The motion must still be approved by the German Bundestag.


Germany and Norway to extend naval cooperation from submarines to antisurface missiles

The German Navy is currently operating six Class 212 submarines. (Source: Bundeswehr/Weber)

Berlin, 13.02.2017.
Germany and Norway have decided to launch a comprehensive strategic partnership for the cooperation of their naval forces. The intention is to jointly develop, procure and operate not only submarines but also antisurface missiles in both their respective navies.



  • Minister of Defence

    Ursula von der Leyen is the 17th Minister of Defence.

  • History of the Federal Ministry of Defence

    The so-called Amt Blank became the Federal Ministry of Defence on 7 June 1955. Shortly before this date, the Federal Republic of Germany had acceded to NATO. The Federal Ministry of Defence is thus one of the younger ministries of the Federal Government. It can nevertheless look back on a very eventful history.


  • Spokespersons

    Find your local point of contact: The spokespersons of the Ministry of Defence answer your questions.



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