I admit, I'm a land warfare centric guy - kind of typical German. British folks tend to pay much more attention to naval affairs.
Look at how I tagged my blog posts; Army (202), Air Force (80, actually applied to air power topics in general) and Navy (58). One might conclude I neglect naval affairs, and not only so because they're terribly technology-dependant and thus difficult to decipher.
Well, from a German point of view, does this really constitute neglect? Or is the navy probably not that important to us?
German military history clearly taught a couple lessons.
(a) Germany doesn't win wars at sea.
(b) There's no way a geographically disadvantaged country as Germany could secure its maritime lines of communication against a potent naval opposition.
(c) Even geographically advantaged countries need a gargantuan effort to at least keep the loss rate of their maritime trade acceptable if challenged (the quantity of escort and patrol assets used in both world wars dwarfs the naval strength of even combined NATO navies).
Technology shows us that coastal defence on the other hand can be done with land-based assets efficiently. A single battery of anti-ship missiles inland could hit ships on the horizon of all German beaches. Same for a wing of combat aviation.
Today's submarine force - in both world wars an the tool of choice for challenging maritime transportation if it couldn't be done more overtly) cannot play its classic role. The alliance situation has changed, we're not going to challenge British convoys any time soon.
The German naval strength is thus in my opinion mostly an unessential addition to the alliance's total naval strength. It's fair that we contribute to the alliances' efforts for securing maritime shipping, of course (albeit I doubt providing a couple frigates is the best way to do so).
It could not become an essential part of deterrence or collective defence - unlike quickly deployed manoeuvre brigades and even combat aviation.
I suppose I will keep neglecting the German navy and naval topics in general.