Deutscher Marinebund

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Logo of the German Naval Federation

The German Naval Federation e. V. (DMB) is as an umbrella organization of more than 300 local associations, clubs and naval comradeships, in which active and especially former members of the Navy are organized. The Marinebund has 16 regional associations. Its headquarters is in Laboe near Kiel.

Purpose and objectives

The DMB has set itself the task of promoting maritime awareness in Germany. The DMB is politically and ideologically independent. The Naval Memorial Laboe, an international memorial for peace, is owned and maintained by the DMB. It also maintains the museum ship U 995 moored at the memorial
A sub-organisation of the Marinebund supports youth work, the Marine-Regatta-Verein promotes water sports. On an international level, the DMB belongs to the International Maritime Confederation IMC.


In 2012, the DMB established the German Maritime Academy (DMA) as a non-profit foundation. The DMA is the educational institution of the German Maritime Federation and aims to promote knowledge about the importance of the sea, shipping, the maritime economy and maritime policy.


On March 14, 1891, the “Bund Deutscher Marinevereine” was constituted in Kiel as a forerunner. Only active and former navy members of all ranks could become members. The cultivation of comradeship, the exchange of ideas about the common experiences and welfare facilities for the members were in the centre.[1] In 1926 the association Jugend im Deutschen Marinebund e. V. was founded.[2]
After the end of World War I, the idea arose to build a memorial for the fallen marines. In 1936 the naval memorial in Laboe was inaugurated. In the time of the National Socialism the Marinebund lost its independence, it was brought into line on March 4, 1935. The name new was Nationalsozialistischer Deutscher Marine-Bund e. V. (NSDMB) and the federation was subordinated to the commander-in-chief of the navy. The seat of the federation was Bremen. The NSDMB published the Deutsche Marinezeitung. The aim of the Marinebund during the National Socialist era was to strengthen the National Socialist drive for expansion, which is evident in the objective of “spreading and maintaining the belief in the necessity of German naval supremacy and the will to naval supremacy”.[3]

On December 20, 1952, the association Deutscher Marinebund e. V. was newly founded in Wilhelmshaven as an umbrella organization of all naval clubs and comradeships. Now also non-marine members could be accepted as members, if they felt obliged to the maritime thought.[4]


  • Dieter Hartwig: 50 Years German Naval Association. From the re-foundation in 1952 to the present. A “sonar location” in the whirlpool and unison of the tides. Brune Mettcker, Wilhelmshaven 2002, ISBN 3-930510-79-0.
  • Jann M. Witt: 125 Years of the German Naval Association. From a naval alumni association to the largest maritime interest group in Germany. Deutscher Marinebund, Laboe 2016, ISBN 978-3-9817375-0-9.

Web links

Commons: German Naval Federation– Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual references

  1. Dieter Hartwig, 50 Jahre Deutscher Marinebund: Wiedergründung bis zur Gegenwart. Wilhelmshaven 2003, ISBN 3-930510-79-0; p. 5.
  2. Youth in the German Naval Federation e.V.
  3. Fritz Otto Busch, Das Buch von der Kriegsmarine. Berlin, Leipzig 1936 pp. 194
  4. Dieter Hartwig, 50 Jahre Deutscher Marinebund: Wiedergründung bis zur Gegenwart. Wilhelmshaven 2003, ISBN 3-930510-79-0; p. 6.