Berlin to close military bases after troop cuts

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2 November 2004 , BERLIN - Defence Minister Peter Struck on Tuesday announced the closure of one-fifth of Germany's military bases as part of a money-saving operation linked to already announced troop cutbacks. Struck is closing 105 of Germany's 503 bases as part of plans to slash the number of troops to 250,000 from the present strength of 285,000. The number of civilian employees are also planned to be cut back to 75,000 from the present 120,000. About half of Germany's 22 army brigades are to be dissolv

2 November 2004

BERLIN - Defence Minister Peter Struck on Tuesday announced the closure of one-fifth of Germany's military bases as part of a money-saving operation linked to already announced troop cutbacks.

Struck is closing 105 of Germany's 503 bases as part of plans to slash the number of troops to 250,000 from the present strength of 285,000. The number of civilian employees are also planned to be cut back to 75,000 from the present 120,000.

About half of Germany's 22 army brigades are to be dissolved under the move as will one-third of the country's 123 battalions.

"It's painful but it can't be avoided," said Struck at a news conference.

The minister is currently revamping the Bundeswehr - Germany's combined armed forces - in a bid to create a more rapidly deployable force for international operations.

The number of Cold War era Leopard II main battle tanks is also being reduced, while the Bundeswehr is getting heavy airlift jets, new helicopters and lighter armoured vehicles.

DPA

Subject: German news

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