|active||June 15, 1956  to 2012|
|Armed forces||armed forces|
|Armed forces||German Navy|
|Type||Higher command authority|
|Headquarters||Glücksburg - Meierwik , Schleswig-Holstein|
|Flag of a Vice Admiral in command of the fleet|
As part of the realignment of the Bundeswehr , the previous three higher naval staffs were dissolved in 2012. These were the naval command staff, the naval command and the naval office . The leadership of the Navy and the belonging to their fleet units since October 1, 2012. incumbent on the Marine command in Rostock.
In the various German navies of the past, the larger combat ships were usually grouped under the name of the fleet , for example in the Imperial Navy under the name of the deep sea fleet .  The commanders traditionally carried the designation of the fleet chief , which is still used unofficially today. The staff of the fleet commander was called Fleet Command .
With the installation of the German Navy in 1956 was as a national implementing agency on June 15, 1956 command of the naval forces in Sengwarden in Wilhelmshaven established that on March 5, 1958, initially command of the fleet on 1 January 1967 in Fleet Command was renamed. The first in command (later in command) was Rear Admiral Rolf Johannesson . On December 1, 1960, the fleet command began to move to its new location in Glücksburg-Meierwik on the outskirts of Flensburg - Mürwik , near the local base . 
The German naval forces were initially subordinate to NATO for use , so that the fleet command only had an administrative function. The commanders of the naval forces North Sea (BSN) and Baltic Sea (BSO) were initially subordinate to the command of the fleet, but they were directly subordinate to NATO for operational purposes. The BSO command was dissolved on August 31, 1961 and its management tasks were transferred to the fleet command. The BSN continued until 1993 and carried the NATO designation Commander German North Sea Subarea (COMGERNORSEA). Since August 1961 he was directly under the command of the fleet. His place of employment was Sengwarden near Wilhelmshaven.
At the same time, in 1961, the NATO command structure in Northern Europe was adapted to the changes brought about by the German rearmament and the establishment of the German Navy as the largest NATO sea power in the Baltic region . In addition to its national function, the fleet command was assigned a task as a headquarters assigned to NATO, and the fleet commander carried the NATO designation Flag Officer Germany (FOG). The first FOG was Rear Admiral Smidt. In this function he was subordinate to the NATO Commander Naval Forces Baltic Approaches (COMNAVBALTAP) in Karup , Denmark , who was set up on December 6, 1961whose position was held alternately by a Danish and a German vice admiral. The BSN / COMGERNORSEA was subordinate to the commander of the fleet in terms of operations and troops. These functions ceased to exist in the course of the gradual downsizing of the NATO command structure after the end of the East-West conflict.
Troop service leadership
The commander of the fleet was the troop service and disciplinary superior of the departments under his control. He was responsible for preparing the associations and units for operations. This included staffing, equipment and training. The naval and sea air forces of the Navy, which were subordinate to the national troop service command of the Fleet Command, were grouped into operational flotillas and naval aviation squadrons.
While the Fleet Command had to manage the operations of the German fleet and allied forces in a defined geographical area of responsibility for NATO during the Cold War , this task ceased to exist after 1990. The NATO assignment was also canceled as part of several adjustments to the NATO command structure. Instead, the fleet command led naval units in foreign missions of the Bundeswehr, provided that the units involved were not subordinate to the operational command near Potsdam . It also stood for maritime leadership tasks in military operations of the European Unionto disposal. All German naval forces participating in exercises and maneuvers at sea were also directly led by the fleet command.
The naval floating and flying units were subordinate to the commander of the fleet. He held the rank of Vice Admiral and was subordinate to the Inspector of the Navy in the Federal Ministry of Defense . The NATO name of the commander of the fleet was Commander-in-Chief German Fleet (CINCGERFLEET) for the Maritime Headquarters Gluecksburg (MHQ Gluecksburg).
In the command organization of the Bundeswehr , the fleet command was one of the command commands of the armed forces and organizational areas alongside the army command command , the air force command command , the medical command command and the armed forces support command .
Otherwise the structure looked like this:
- Commander of the Fleet 
- Equal opportunity officer of the fleet
- Deputy Commander of the Fleet
- Chief of Staff
- Central office
- M1 – Personal
- M2 - Military Intelligence
- M3 insert
- M4 - Logistik
- M5 - Principle and deployment planning
- M6 - leadership support
- M7 - training, exercises, evaluation, nautical science
- M8 - administration
- M Air – Marineflieger
- Department of Admiralty Marine
- Task Force
Leadership support group
- Marinehauptquartier (MHQ)
- Marineführungsunterstützungszentrum A
- Naval Command Support Center B, Wilhelmshaven
- Marineführungsunterstützungszentrum C (Marinefunksendestelle Rhauderfehn)
- Geographic information service 
- Organization Fleet
- Admiralty Doctor of the Navy 
- Commissioned naval aviator
- Military chaplaincy
- Operatives Controlling
- Navy press and information center 
- Legal advisor and defense disciplinary attorney
- Chief of Staff
Organization of the fleet
- Operation Flotilla 1 , Kiel 
- Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters
- 1st Corvette Squadron, Warnemünde
- 1st submarine squadron, Eckernförde
- 3. Mine Search Squadron , Kiel
- 7th Schnellbootgeschwader, Warnemünde
- Specialized marine forces , Eckernförde
- Marine protection forces , Eckernförde
- Operation Flotilla 2 , Wilhelmshaven 
- 2nd frigate squadron
- 4th frigate squadron
- Marinefliegergeschwader 3 „Graf Zeppelin“, Nordholz
- Marine Flight Squadron 5 , Kiel
- Maritime Medical Institute of the Navy , Kiel-Kronshagen 
The name of the military superior of the fleet changed several times in the early years. Successively, the designations were commander of the naval forces , commander of the fleet , commander of the naval forces and later commander of the fleet .  The commander of the fleet had held the rank of vice admiral since the mid-1960s.
|No.||Name||Beginning of the term of office||Term expires||Remarks|
|19||Rear Admiral Michael Mollenhauer||July 1, 2011||30. Sep. 2012||charged with running the business |
|18||Vizeadmiral Manfred Nielson||July 1, 2010||30. June 2011|
|17||VAdm Hans-Joachim Stricker||2006||2010|
|16||VAdm Wolfgang E. Nolting||2003||2006||then Inspector of the Navy|
|15||VAdm Lutz Feldt||2000||2003||then Inspector of the Navy|
|14||VAdm Dirk Horten||1995||2000|
|13||VAdm Hans-Rudolf Boehmer||1993||1995||then Inspector of the Navy|
|12||VAdm Dieter Franz Braun||1990||1993|
|11||VAdm Klaus Rehder||1986||1990|
|10||VAdm Hans-Joachim Mann||1985||1986||then Inspector of the Navy|
|9||VAdm Günter Fromm||1978||1985||longest period of service as "fleet chief" in German naval history|
|8||VAdm Hans-Helmut Klose||1975||1978|
|7||VAdm Paul Hartwig||1972||1975|
|6||VAdm Armin Zimmermann||1970||1972||then General Inspector of the Bundeswehr|
|5||VAdm Karl Hetz||1966||1970|
|4||VAdm Heinrich Gerlach||1963||1966|
|3||Rear Admiral Karl E. Smidt||1961||1963||erster Flag Officer Germany|
|2||KAdm Rolf Johannesson||1957||1961||initially flotilla admiral|
|1||Fleet Admiral Max-Eckhardt Wolff||1956||1957||temporarily led the command of the naval forces , initially as a sea captain|
In the meantime, the Deputy Inspector of the Navy was given the title of Commander of the Fleet and Support Forces, so that there is now a Commander of the Fleet in the Naval Command. 
The barracks of the fleet command
The fleet command was housed in a barracks that was built before the Second World War as part of the Navy officers' school . Said barracks are located in Glücksburg-Meierwik, a suburb of the city of Flensburg, which has grown together with Flensburg's Mürwik district . The barracks are a bit remote on the eastern edge of Meierwik, in the middle of the Wille forest , west of the Quellenental . With this peripheral location, the barracks are about four kilometers northeast of Mürwik. The barracks area is also located above the steep coast of the Flensburg Fjord (Winzigerhuk). From the beginning of the 20th century, numerous naval facilities were built in Mürwik , including the Mürwik Naval School . The barracks in Meierwik was completed in 1939 and initially only served the training of junior officers in the Navy. From 1942 onwards, officer candidates were also trained here . The Commander-in-Chief of the Navy, General Admiral Hans-Georg von Friedeburg , had his quarters here and committed suicide by cyanide on May 23, 1945.
In 1956 the German Navy took over the barracks. It had its own boat harbor, which was demolished in the 1980s. The canteen building, which also housed the officers' mess and the crew dormitory, has been in disrepair since the 1990s. The various buildings are connected by underground passages. There is also a large clock tower on the site .
The command center itself, also known as the naval headquarters (MHQ), is located in an underground protective structure. It has had a computer-aided management system since the 1980s . The MHQ includes extensive telecommunications systems. Protective structures and telecommunications systems will continue to be used until a later move to Rostock. The future of the site is uncertain.
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