It was perhaps unsurprising that the German-built Dornier 228 twin-turboprop utility aircraft soon found a use with the country's armed forces. It was the German Navy that purchased a small fleet of 228-212LM variants for marine pollution control operations, in which role they supplanted a previous Dornier product, the Do28D-2 Skyservant. In 2012, the existing 228s themselves started to be replaced by examples of the new-build 228NG (New Generation), of which two were procured. Operated by Marinefliegergeschwader 3, they have been converted to carry the side-looking airborne radar, infra-red/ultra-violet scanning equipment and other aspects of the pollution control mission fit.
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