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Future of German training ship in doubt

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Future of German training ship in doubt


After a death and near mutiny during a long voyage, the German military training ship, Gorch Fock, has returned home to Kiel on the Baltic coast, amid ongoing controversy over practice drills.

Last November a cadet fell to her death from a mast off the South American coast. Others allegedly refused to take part in training exercises, criticised in some quarters as being too harsh.

Two inquiries were started after the accident. The ship’s commander, who reportedly complained that modern youths were not tough enough to cope, was suspended.

The government has made changes to training procedures, and a final report into events on board is due next month.

Axel Schimpf, the Chief of the German Naval Staff said:

“We do not want to cover up, we do not want to keep anything secret or hidden, we want to be transparent and open”.

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