The archive provides for information on submarines of following Navies:
– the Imperial German Navy between 1906 to 1918 (see note)
– the Austro-Hungarian Navy between 1907 to 1915
– the Kriegsmarine between 1935 and 1945
– the East German Navy between 1950 and 1990
– the Federal German Navy from 1958 to nowadays
– foreign Navies.
In addition to that the archive holds a compilation of various media dealing with civil and military underwater operations. Besides a comprehensive reading library in many languages there are technical handbooks, service publications, workshop drawings, navigational charts, logbooks, war diaries, lists and catalogues, as well as the worldwide most extensive archive of photographs of submarines, their crews and their operations.