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Jun 21, 2010 1:00 PM by Greg Boyce

Germany takes most submarines out of service

Germany says it has taken six of its ten submarines out of service to save money.  The Defense Ministry told The Associated Press on Monday the German navy originally wanted to use the six 206A type submarines until 2015 but decided two weeks ago to cut maintenance expenses.

A spokesman, who asked not to be named in line with department policy, said the German navy is now left with four modern 212 type submarines powered by fuel cells.

The DAPD news agency reported the six older subs, which are powered by conventional Diesel engines, are going to be sold or scrapped.

Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg had announced last month that he will restructure the German military and is planning to save up to $1.24 billion a year.

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