Having completed his military formation, Rear Admiral Deertz has commanded corvette S 45 Leopard and corvette S 71 Gepard, naval task groups on multiple occasions and served as deputy commander of 7th FPB head of naval battle staff Flottilla 1.
Operational deployments include Commander German contingent Operation Active Endeavour Task Force Strait of Gibraltar in 2004 and Commander German Operational Reserve Task Group in 2011 in the Mediterranean.
Staff tours included positions as staff officer in policy division at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe/ NATO, Executive Officer to Naval Chief of Staff, Deputy Branch Head MOD J5 Plans and Branch Head EU-Common Security and Defence Policy to the German Military Representative to the Military Committee of NATO/ EU.
Before assuming his current position, Rear Admiral Deertz acted as Branch Head EU-Common Security and Defence Policy and subsequently as Deputy Director Security Policy / Branch Head International Relations at the Ministry of Defence in Berlin.
He holds a university diploma (PhD-equivalent) in Electrical Engineering, graduated from the German Armed Forces General Staff Course and completed a Masters course at the US Naval War College in International Relations as distinguished graduate.
Rear Admiral (LH) Axel Deertz assumed as Commander, Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 in 22nd December 2016 in a ceremony held in Pireus, Greece.
RAdm Deertz is married and lives in Berlin.