Original German Bundeswehr Qualification Badge Mariner (Seefahrer) - BRONZE, the badge is cca 75 mm wide, NICE CONDITION, ONE FIXING IS MISSING FROM THE BACK, THIS IS THE RARER VERSION OF THIS BADGE, THE MARINER QUALIFICATION BADGE IS HAVING A MUCH MORE COMMON VERSION
HISTORY OF THE AWARD:
The Bundeswehr Qualification Badge (German: Tätigkeitsabzeichen) identifies the basis of a proven training and specialization of the soldiers. It is awarded to soldiers usually of the rank of sergeant; longer serving teams can get the badge after reaching the training level 7. Activity Badges are awarded in three grades: Bronze (after 6 months service), Silver (after 5 years) and gold (after 10 years).
The German Navy (Deutsche Marine) is the navy of Germany and part of the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces). The German Navy traces its roots back to the Imperial Fleet (Reichsflotte) of the revolutionary era of 1848–1852 and more directly to the Prussian Navy, which later evolved into the Northern German Federal Navy (Norddeutsche Bundesmarine, 1866–1871) and became the Imperial Navy (Kaiserliche Marine, 1872–1918). From 1919 to 1921 it was known as the Temporary Imperial Navy (Vorläufige Reichsmarine) and then became the Reichsmarine. It was known as the War Navy (Kriegsmarine) from 1935 to 1945. From 1945 to 1956, the German Mine Sweeping Administration and its successor organisations, made up of former members of the Kriegsmarine, became something of a transition stage for the German Navy, allowing the future Bundesmarine to draw on experienced personnel upon its formation. In 1956, with West Germany's accession to NATO, a new navy was established and was referred to as the Federal Navy (Bundesmarine). With the reunification of Germany in 1990, and the take-over of units of the former East German Volksmarine ("People's Navy"), it was decided to simply use the name Deutsche Marine ("German Navy"). In total, there are 100 commissioned ships in the German Navy, including the 10 submarines and 43 auxiliary ships; the Displacement of the navy is 220,000 tonnes. In addition to this the German Navy and the Royal Danish Navy are in cooperation in the Ark project. This agreement made the Ark project responsible for the strategic sealift of German armed forces where 3 Full time charter of Roll On Roll Off vessels are ready for deployments. In addition, the ships will also be permanently available to NATO alliance countries. The 3 vessels have a combined tonnage of 60,000 tonnes. With these 3 ships the total Displacement available for deployment of the navy is 280,000 tonnes. The German Navy is part of the German armed forces (Bundeswehr), and is deeply integrated into the NATO alliance. Its mission includes the participation in peace-keeping and peace enforcement operations as well as the protection of German and Allied territories. German war ships permanently participate in all four NATO Maritime Groups. The German Navy is also engaged in operations against international terrorism such as Operation Enduring Freedom and NATO Operation Active Endeavour. Presently the largest operation the German Navy is participating in is UNIFIL II off the coast of Lebanon. The German contribution to this operation is two frigates, four fast attack craft, and two auxiliary vessels. The naval component of UNIFIL has been under German command. The German Navy is commanded by the Inspekteur der Marine in the Federal Ministry of Defence in Bonn. The major commands are the Fleet Command at Glücksburg near Flensburg and the Naval Office at Rostock. The Fleet is commanded by the Befehlshaber der Flotte (Commander-in-Chief German Fleet or CINCGERFLEET) and comprises all combat vessels, aircraft, helicopters and other combat forces, while schools, naval bases and test installations are under the purview of the Naval Office. The strength of the Navy is about 17,000 men and women. The navy as a part of the Bundeswehr is responsible for developing and providing the maritime capabilities of the German armed forces. Therefore it is operating a number of development and testing installations as part of an inter-service and international network.