December 6, 2017

With Few Spares Germany's 6 Submarines Are Broken "Kaputt"

As the seagull says - its interesting that since October 2017 none of the German Navy's fleet of six Type 212A submarines seem to be available for operations. 

Drawing from a report of October 20, 2017 by Sebastian Sprenger for DefenseNews

“Navy officials blame bottlenecks in the procurement of spare parts for the submarines’ downtime. While a comprehensive package of spare parts was a key aspect of any new acquisition during the Cold War, cost-saving measures adopted since then have resulted in parts no longer being kept in reserve....”

Of the German Navy’s 6 subs “U-Boote”:

U-31  is being overhauled at TKMS’s Kiel shipyard until December 2017 or is that 2018
          Is U-31 operational yet?
U-32  is out of service, awaiting a maintenance spot at TKMS’s Kiel shipyard
U-33  is being overhauled at TKMS’s Kiel shipyard until February 2018
U-34  is out of service, awaiting a maintenance spot at TKMS’s Kiel shipyard
U-35  was moved into TKMS shipyard at Kiel after an X-plane rudder blade was damaged during a
          diving manoeuvre off Norway on October 15, 2017. Damage to be repaired by?

U-36  is being overhauled at TKMS’s Kiel shipyard until May 2018

GERMAN SOURCES

Germany's shz.de online on October 20, 2017 reported once translated into English:
"SPARE PARTS BOTTLENECK: Marine misery: Germany's submarines are all broken" (in German the article says "kaputt"). To translate this German language article Right-click mouse, then "Translate to English". 

As at December 2, 2017 the situation does not appear to have improved https://www.tagesschau.de/inland/deutsche-u-boote-101.html

Are any of Germany's submarines available or operational as of December 6, 2017?

Pete

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

One last (the 7th) German submarine is still operational. :-)

Hope is not lost

http://www.hisutton.com/Euronaut.html

Peter Coates said...

Thanks Anonymous

I understand the Euronaut minisub http://www.hisutton.com/Euronaut.html can

potentially carry a crew of 5

Maybe one psycho (with a hacksaw) and one female journalist?

Regards

Pete

Anonymous said...

Spares are equally scarce for specific US warplanes like the B-1B. Not just spares, USAF is short of 2000 pilots and 4000 mechanics. All these do not add to a pretty picture.
For the current show of force over the Korean peninsula, 1 of the 2 B-1Bs ran into technical problems and could not participate. Operations over the ME are wearing down all these planes.
Ditto for one F22. Even one F35 lost one of its stealth panel over Okinawa (plenty of good and bad folks must be searching for it).
KQN

Anonymous said...

Hi Pete

Because of budget deficit for denfense and old facility of submarine building in Germany, development of new submarine with methanol reforming fuel cell will be delayed. Until that time, hydrogen cylinders will be used for fuel cell AIP submarine. Recent tragedy of Argentina submarine has proven awfulness of hydrogen explosion. Safety of LABs and/or fuel cell AIP should be reviewed, especially, for submarines equipped with two hydrogen sources, i.e., LABs and fuel cell, and for submarines equipped with recycled LABs.

Regards

Anonymous said...

How could Norwegian buy U212a submarines...?
Deutsche qualität!

Peter Coates said...

More on the rundown of Germany's submarine service http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/germany-does-not-have-one-working-submarine-23688

Page 2 of http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/germany-does-not-have-one-working-submarine-23688 reveals Germany is similarly suffering low availability in its
- Leopard 2 tank
- A400M transport, and
- Tornado strike jet
units.

Peter Coates said...

Hi Anonymous

Thanks for your "Norway and Germany are going to product new submarine 212 CD..." comments.

I'll use them for an article on Wednesday 20 December about Norways's likely 212CD design features.

Regards

Pete

Peter Coates said...

The following has much more information as to why Germany's 6 Type 212As are unavailable http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/17140/almost-all-of-the-uks-surface-combatants-are-in-port-while-germany-has-no-working-subs

Peter Coates said...

I wish the Type 212As a quick recovery over Christmas :)