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Current Title: Marineflieger
Title in English: German Navy
Abbreviation: MF


Narrative Summary:
First formed 1958.

Key Dates:
1958    German naval air arm established (Marineflieger)
3 October 1990    Re-unification with East Germany

Current Status:
To be added

Future Plans:
Procurement of 38 NHI NFH.90 helicopters to replace the Sea King from 2007 and then the Lynx from 2015.
Possibly replace SIGINT Atlantics with EuroHawk UAV.


National Insignia:
Current --- Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):

Up until 1968, Marineflieger aircraft were allocated an alphanumeric identity code comprising two letters and three numbers, eg: Sea Hawk VA+229. For the Navy, the letters were in the range RA to WZ. These codes were not permament, and could change as the aircraft moved between units. On 1 January 1968 a proper unique serial numbering system was introduced, consisting of a four digit number, allocated in blocks according to the aircraft's main role, eg: Sea King 89+53.


Aircraft Designation System(s):
None - Manufacturers designations used.

Current Aircraft Inventory:
Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Alphabetical Order --- Chronological Order

Aircraft NOT Used:
False reports of aircraft on order or in service


Main Headquarters:
Marinefliegerhorst, Kiel-Holtenau 16.

Current Organisational Structure:
The Marineflieger is divided into two Naval Aviation Wings, each with 2 or 3 Squadrons of aircraft.

Current Order of Battle:
Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle:
List of Historical Orders of Battle - to be added.

All-Time Flying Units List:
To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
The main air bases currently used are Nordholz and Kiel-Holtenau.

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
A number of older air bases have been closed, and there are also a number of smaller airports and airfields around the country which are sometimes used by the Navy.
Military Air Bases Listing - to be added.

More Information


German Military Aviation Bibliography - to be added.


World Air Power Journal No.1 p.138


Fly Navy Marineflieger

Air-Britain: German Navy photos

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