The German government, including its ministry of defense, may be further reducing its presence in Bonn, but the German navy is still naming its ships after the old West German capital.
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Yesterday, the wife of the mayor of Bonn christened the German navy's third class 702 supply ship in the North Sea port of Emden.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Inspekteur der Marine (chief of naval staff), VAdm. Axel Schimpf, said, "The Bonn and her two sister ships represent the consistent deployment orientation of our armed forces." One of the Bonn's sister ships, the Berlin, is currently participating in the EU's Operation Atalanta counterpiracy mission.
The Bonn was built quickly thanks to the creation of a consortium of four shipbuilders and a detailed division of labor, according to the German navy. It will enter service in the autumn.