Inspector of the Navy

The Inspector of the Navy (German: Inspekteur der Marine) is the commander of the Navy of the modern-day German Armed Forces, the Bundeswehr. Since the various bodies responsible for the high command of the German Navy were merged in 2012, the Inspector has been based at the Navy Command at Rostock.[1] Before then, the Inspector was head of the Naval Staff of the Ministry of Defence, based in Bonn. Both the Inspector and his deputy hold the rank of vice admiral (German: Vizeadmiral).[2]

The Inspector is responsible for the readiness of personnel and materiel in the German Navy, in that regard he reports directly to the Federal Minister of Defence. The Inspector commands the Navy Command; however, the subordinate departments of the Navy are led by their heads at Navy Command and do not report directly to the Inspector. The Inspector sits under the General Inspector of the Bundeswehr and is a member of the Defence Council for Bundeswehr-wide matters.[1]

Inspector of the German Navy
Inspekteur der Marine
Inspekteur Marine Bundeswehr
Standard of the Inspector of the Navy
Andreas Krause
Incumbent
Vizeadmiral Andreas Krause

since 28 October 2014
Federal Minister of Defence
AbbreviationInspM
Reports toGeneral Inspector of the Bundeswehr
PrecursorOberkommando der Marine

List of Inspectors of the Navy

Inspector of the Navy Took office Left office Time in office
1
Friedrich Ruge
Vizeadmiral
Friedrich Ruge
(1894–1985)
June 1956August 19615 years, 2 months
2
Karl-Adolf Zenker
Vizeadmiral
Karl-Adolf Zenker
(1907–1998)
August 196130 September 19676 years, 1 month
3
Gert Jeschonnek
Vizeadmiral
Gert Jeschonnek
(1912–1999)
1 October 196730 September 19713 years, 11 months
4
Heinz Kühnle
Vizeadmiral
Heinz Kühnle
(1915–2001)
1 October 197131 March 19753 years, 5 months
5
Günter Luther
Vizeadmiral
Günter Luther
(1922–1997)
1 April 197531 March 19804 years, 11 months
6
Ansgar Bethge
Vizeadmiral
Ansgar Bethge
(born 1924)
1 April 198031 March 19854 years, 11 months
7
Dieter Wellershoff
Vizeadmiral
Dieter Wellershoff
(1933–2005)
1 April 1985September 19861 year, 5 months
8
Hans-Joachim Mann
Vizeadmiral
Hans-Joachim Mann
(born 1935)
1 October 198630 September 19914 years, 11 months
9
Hein-Peter Weyher
Vizeadmiral
Hein-Peter Weyher
(born 1935)
1 October 1991April 19953 years, 6 months
10
Hans-Rudolf Boehmer
Vizeadmiral
Hans-Rudolf Boehmer
(born 1938)
April 1995September 19983 years, 5 months
11
Hans Lüssow
Vizeadmiral
Hans Lüssow
(born 1942)
1 October 1998February 20034 years, 4 months
12
Lutz Feldt
Vizeadmiral
Lutz Feldt
(born 1942)
1 March 2003April 20063 years, 1 month
13
Wolfgang E. Nolting
Vizeadmiral
Wolfgang E. Nolting
(born 1948)
April 200628 April 20104 years
14
Axel Schimpf
Vizeadmiral
Axel Schimpf
(born 1952)
28 April 201028 October 20144 years, 6 months
15
Andreas Krause
Vizeadmiral
Andreas Krause
(born 1956)
28 October 2014Incumbent4 years, 9 months

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Schimpf, Axel (2013). "Das Marinekommando in Rostock - Die Marine auf Zukunftskurs". Marineforum (in German) (1/2): 22ff.
  2. ^ Informationen zur Neuausrichtung der Bundeswehr auf der Bundeswehr-Homepage

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Ansgar Bethge

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Gert Jeschonnek

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