Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wir. Sinken. Deutschland

Please stop worrying that Germany will suddenly snap and return to their old ways of invading France and setting up concentration camps. Worry that Germany couldn't be part of a coalition to stop somebody else that wants to do those things.

Grim Prussian efficiency, this ain't:

Germany’s naval brass in 2005 dreamed up a warship that could ferry marines into combat anywhere in the world, go up against enemy ships and stay away from home ports for two years with a crew half the size of its predecessor’s.

First delivered for sea trials in 2016 after a series of delays, the 7,000-ton Baden-W├╝rttemberg frigate was determined last month to have an unexpected design flaw: It doesn’t really work.

Other than software, armament, and stable flotation, it works just fine, apparently.

Let's hope the ship carries its own search and rescue assets.

In part, the article says that Germany just doesn't know what their military is for, in addition to a decline in engineering expertise.

Let me provide a public service to the Germans: they need mechanized army forces to prevent the Russians from marching west, a navy to dominate the Baltic Sea and North Sea, and an air force capable of holding their skies and to support their navy and army--and to hold the doors open for American and NATO reinforcements to arrive to help.

Seriously Germany, stopping Russian howitzers from entering your country won't be a simple matter of scrutinizing paperwork.

One gets the idea that in the back of their minds the German government hoped to get their defense establishment down to one really good aviation capable armed amphibious warfare ship that they could send off for two years to protect Germany and not think about until the ship comes home.

And then prosecute the crew for war crimes during their 2-year cruise, of course.