RUSI JournalVolume 158Issue 5members only

Encapsulating Change: Germany's Latest Minehunter Commanders on Leading from the Front


For the first time, women are in command of two of Germany’s minehunters; they speak about the challenges and opportunities they face

In June 2013, Kapitänleutnants Helena Linder-Jeß and Inka von Puttkamer assumed command of two of the German navy’s Frankenthal-classminehunters. Whilst rotation of command is nothing new within naval service, what is different this time round is that both Kapitänleutnants are the first women to do so.      

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Joanne Mackowski

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