In the comments to the blog materials, opinions were repeatedly expressed that the Baltic the fleet Due to the limited (if not microscopic) nature of the theater of operations, the Russian Navy does not need frigates at all, and the number of submarines can be limited to two or three (in other words, the corvette should become the main warship of the Baltic Sea). However, the information published on the Foreign Military Review published in No. 8/2016 on the functions of the German Navy in the framework of the NATO collective defense (K. Dmitriev’s article “German Naval Forces”, pp. 71-76) makes one think about the "correctness" of such judgments (the author of the blog had previously been against the weakening of the Baltic Fleet, but now his confidence has also received documentary evidence).
The frigate (destroyer) under construction. 125 Ave. - the largest German multi-purpose ship (scheme from the site of the German Navy)
So, within the collective "defense" of NATO, the German Navy, among other things, is charged with:
1) the conquest of domination in the Baltic Sea and its retention in the North (there is a big doubt about the domination of the North Sea - I think that it is not a cap on Senka);
2) blockade of the Baltic Straits (Beltov and Zunda) - of course, in order to prevent the Baltic Fleet of Russia from reaching the operational space of the Baltic Fleet or, on the contrary, its strengthening by ships from other fleets in the event of a hypothetical regional conflict - A.Sh.).
What forces Deutsche Marine plans to solve such ambitious tasks? (since the German Navy is still too far from the “Big Ten” and is not planned to be considered in detail as part of a statistical study conducted by the author of the blog, a brief overview of them will not be superfluous). According to ZVO No. 8 / 2016, as part of the rearmament of the Navy, it is planned to increase the number of the ship's personnel to:
1) six NNS Ave 212A (now five, 1450 t nadv.) Based in Navy Eckernförde, Kiel Bay, Baltic Sea;
2) of four frigates under construction, in fact - destroyers (7100 tons full). 125 avenue, based in the naval base of Wilhelmshaven, North Sea (can be easily transferred to the Baltic by the Kiel Canal);
3) of the three frigates of the 124 Ave. (in service, 5800 tons full) with a base in the naval base of Wilhelmshaven;
4) of the four frigates of the 123 Ave. (in service, 4900 tons full) with a base in the naval base of Wilhelmshaven;
5) six multipurpose ships (frigates) of the MKS-180 avenue (after 2024 g., 5000-6000 t full.) Based in Wilhelmshaven (?);
6) of the five corvettes of the 130 Ave. (in service, 1850 tons full) based in Warnemünd, Rostock, Baltic Sea.
All frigates of the 122 Ave. and missile boats of the 143A Ave. (three units each) will be withdrawn from the fleet's combat strength. As a result, the German Baltic fleet, if necessary, will have in its composition 6 NNL, 4 destroyer (calling things by their proper names), 13 frigates and 5 corvettes.
Obviously, the available forces of the Baltic Fleet to counter this threat is not enough (2 SSK etc. 877, 1 EM pr. 956, 2 TFR forth. 11540, 4 corvette forth. 20380, 4 IRAs etc.. 1234, 6 RCA pr. 1241, 6 IPC pr. 1331), and the construction of only the corvettes of the pr 20380 and 20385 alone is not correct. It is necessary to have at least one submarine brigade (6 units), a frigate brigade, two brigade of corvettes and three or four divisions of new RTOs on the Baltic.
In addition, we should not forget that there (or in the immediate vicinity) there is Denmark, Norway, as well as Poland and neutral Sweden (permanent members of the "anti-Russian club"). And if you add Holland, Belgium, France (commanders in Cherbourg and Brest), the former Lady of the Seas and a few American pennants, which have a plug in each barrel, a very impressive "armada" is recruited that can easily arrange, say, a naval blockade of Kaliningrad. Given the increased NATO activity in the Baltic and the Black Sea, there is an urgent need to build not only the ocean fleet, but also the fleets of our closed and semi-enclosed seas. With the overwhelming naval superiority of the West, it is necessary to build them so that one of our ships cost two or three enemy ships at the expense of much more advanced weapons, in which we are traditionally strong. But it is already completely different. story.