The Kommando Spezialkräfte Marine (KSM), also known as the Kampfschwimmer, is an elite unit of the German Navy specializing in underwater operations and maritime counterterrorism. The unit undergoes rigorous training in advanced swimming and diving, marksmanship, and hand-to-hand combat. Established in 1958, the KSM is based in Eckernförde and is set for significant expansion by 2025, including new specialized companies. Their motto “Lerne leiden, ohne zu klagen!” highlights the mental and physical endurance expected of these special forces personnel.
- The KSM is a specialized unit in the German Navy trained for underwater operations, counterterrorism, and other maritime activities.
- Originating from World War II-era units, the modern KSM was established in 1958 and is now primarily based at the Eckernförde naval base in northern Germany.
- KSM’s motto, “Learn to suffer without complaining,” encapsulates the resilience and mental toughness required for their rigorous training and high-stakes missions.
- The unit is set to double its personnel by 2025 under a new initiative called “KSM2023+”, adding special operations boat companies and support companies.
- Besides their core missions, KSM also contributes to national and international security, including NATO missions and humanitarian operations.