WMU Welcomes RADM Marx of the Standing NATO Maritime Group One

On 25 September, the World Maritime University (WMU) welcomed Rear Admiral Thorsten Marx of the German navy and his Flag Lieutenant Sebastian Eberlein. RADM Marx is currently in command of the Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1). 

The guests were welcomed by Vice-President (Academic Affairs), Professor Jens-Uwe Schröder-Hinrichs, Professor Dimitrios Dalaklis and Assistant Professor Anish Hebbar. RADM Marx met with a group of WMU students who have joined the University from their country’s Navy, Coast Guard or Armed Forces. He provided a detailed presentation regarding his work with the Standing NATO Maritime Group ONE, patrolling the northern seas of Europe and engaging in operational tasks, protection of critical infrastructures, training of staff and port visits.

RADM Marx discussed how port visits are a way for the SNMG1 to demonstrate its presence and to effectively connect with both national and local authorities. Since January this year, SNMG1 has visited no less than twenty-seven (27) different ports, including a first ever visit to Finland in April since the country recently joined NATO. He also pointed out that when Sweden becomes a member of NATO, SNMG1 will be back on Swedish soil to welcome the country as an Alliance member.

RADM Marx also explained how he and his crew work with the concepts “Understand, Assure and Deter”. Regarding the purpose of deterrence, he pointed out that they operate in a transparent and open manner, making it clear to the world around them where they are and what they do. Their visit to Malmö was therefore not unseen, entering the port with their frigate FGS HESSEN, together with five other NATO ships. 

The students had the opportunity to present their personal experiences from working within armed forces in their respective countries that include the Philippines, Ecuador, Japan, Jordan and Malawi. The visit also provided the opportunity for RADM Marx to gain insights to WMU in relation to its educational offerings and how studying at WMU contributes to building the capacities of Coast Guards and Navies around the world.

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