Germany, Eckernförde—No more U-boats for the German Navy.

Following an accident off the coast of Norway, the Deutsche Marine won’t have an operational submarine at least until late 2018.

The latest casualty, U-35, collided with a rock formation and damaged its propellers.  The vessel was practising drills before an international exercise scheduled to take place in December.  A formal investigation will be launched to judge responsibility.

“This is obviously not a good situation,” said a German Defence Ministry spokesman.