Is the navy a dangerous branch?

Hermann Ehler's Academy





Around 1.6 million tons of old ammunition are lying on the seabed directly in front of the German coasts and threaten the marine environment and human safety. Environmental pollution is caused, for example, by the corrosion of ammunition and the escape of explosives. The call for salvage and removal of dangerous contaminated sites is getting louder. At the same time, submarine explosions are part of the tests of the operational readiness of the Navy. Explosive exercises thus serve to ensure operational readiness. A new dimension is added to this overlapping of military and ecological interests, as the potential for a new branch of the economy arises in the clearance of ammunition residues.

Together with our podium guests we want to discuss the different perspectives on the topic of ammunition in the sea and the solution of the conflicting goals.

Discuss on the podium:

Dr. Johann Wadephul,
Deputy Chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag for Foreign, Defense and Security Policy, Council of Europe

Olaf Bandt,
Chairman, Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany (BUND)

Dr. Thilo Rohlfs,
State Secretary in the Ministry of Economics, Transport, Labor, Technology and Tourism of the State of Schleswig-Holstein

Rear Admiral Jürgen zur Mühlen,
Head of Operations, Marine Command