Einsatzflottille 2
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Einsatzflottille 2
2nd Flotilla
Einsatzflottille 2
COA EF2.svg
Coat of arms of Einsatzflottille 2
Active27 June 2006 to present
Country Germany
Branch German Navy
Part ofNavy Command (Germany)
Garrison/HQDEU Wilhelmshaven COA.svg Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony, Germany
Kapitän zur See Ralf Kuchler

Einsatzflottille 2 (EinsFltl 2 or EF 2) is one of the three brigade-level units of the German Navy, in addition to Einsatzflottille 1 and the Naval Air Command. It is based in Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony, and is under the head of the Navy Command, based in Rostock.[1]


Einsatzflottille 2 was set up on 27 June 2006 as part of a major reorganization of the fleet. It consists mostly of the largest units of the fleet, namely frigates and supply ships, together with some smaller support vessels.[2]


The staff of Einsatzflottille 2 are based at Marinestützpunkt Heppenser Groden [de], Wilhelmshaven. All of the frigates and some of the supply ships are stationed in Wilhelmshaven, others have their home ports on the Baltic Sea.

Subordinate units


The ships of Einsatzflottille 2 are often deployed on overseas assignments, usually as part of the German contribution to the standing NATO squadrons Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG 1) and Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG 2), and participate in NATO operations in this context. The commander of Einsatzflottille 2 often serves as the leader of national or multinational naval squadrons and is supported in this task by his staff.

Name of Operation Start of participation End of participation Region Units involved Notes
Operation Atalanta December 2008 - Horn of Africa, Gulf of Aden Frigates, tankers
Maritime Task Force (MTF) UNIFIL October 2006 - Eastern Mediterranean Frigates, supply vessels, staff Commander of EF 2 was for a time commander of the task force
Operation Enduring Freedom January 2002 June 2010 Horn of Africa, Gulf of Aden Frigates, tankers, supply vessels, staff
Operation Active Endeavour November 2001 October 2016 Mediterranean Frigates, tankers, supply vessels Mostly carried out as part of the Standing NATO Maritime Groups, later became Operation Sea Guardian


N0. Name Start of command End of command
6 Kapitän zur See Ralf Kuchler 29 June 2018[3] -
6 Flotilla admiral Christoph Müller-Meinhard 23 March 2015[4] 29 June 2018
4 Flotilla admiral Jürgen zur Mühlen 1 January 2013 20 March 2015
3 Flotilla admiral Thorsten Kähler 1 October 2009 31 December 2012
2 Flotilla admiral Karl-Wilhelm Bollow 1 October 2006 30 September 2009
1. Flotilla admiral Hans-Jochen Witthauer 27 June 2006 30 September 2006


  1. ^ Axel Schimpf: Das Marinekommando in Rostock - Die Marine auf Zukunftskurs. In: Marineforum, No. 1/2-2013, Pg. 22.
  2. ^ Jürgen R. Draxler. "Von der Zerstörerflottille zur Einsatzflottille 2". globaldefence.net. Archived from the original on 27 December 2010. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "Doppelter Wechsel an der Spitze der Einsatzflottille 2". marine.de (in German). PIZ Marine. 29 June 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ BMVg PI3 (27 May 2015). "Personalveränderungen in militärischen und zivilen Spitzenstellen - March 2015". Bundeswehr. Retrieved 2017.

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