Martin Schwarz joined the German Navy as an officer candidate in 1991. After a series of training appointments, he specialized in naval mine warfare and had watch keeping appointments on board of mine countermeasure vessels.
Upon promotion to sub-lieutenant in 1998 he commanded Minesweeper FGS FRAUENLOB. On completion of this command tour he attended the advanced course in naval mine warfare and subsequently assumed command of Minehunter FGS PASSAU in 2002. This tour included a deployment with MCMFORSOUTH.
After leaving the ship in 2004 he served as exchange officer to the US Navy Mine Warfare Command (MINEWARCOM) and Naval Mine and Antisubmarine Warfare Command (NMAWC). On his return to Germany in 2007 he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and appointed deputy Commander of 5. DEU MCM Squadron. This tour included a deployment to UNIFIL mission as CTG 448.03. He was awarded the Silver Cross of Honor of the German Armed Forces.
Following this duty, he served as secretary to Chief of Staff German Fleet. After being promoted to Commander in 2012 he attended Advanced Command and Staff Course no. 16 at the Joint Services Command and Staff College of the United Kingdom. After returning to Germany he was appointed to the Ministry of Defense Planning Branch as Desk Officer Naval Capability planning.
From January to June 2016, he commanded NATO's Standing Naval Mine Countermeasures Group 1. From October 2016 until January 2019 he commanded the German Navies 3rd Mine Countermeasures Squadron.
On January 7th 2019 he took command of NATO’s Standing Naval Mine Countermeasures Group 2.
He lives in northern Germany with his wife Sandra and their son and daughter. His spare time is dedicated to the family and he enjoys camping and sailing. Commander Schwarz holds a Master in Defense Studies.