German Defense Budget Promises 10,000 Computers; Vague on Other Areas

November 7, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Budget Committee of the German Bundestag yesterday approved the Defense Budget 2020. Once again, the German Armed Forces can expect more money and thus advance important projects next year. According to the decision of the Committee on Budgets, the defense budget is set to increase by 4.2 per cent compared with this year’s budget, ie by around € 1.8bn to a total of € 45.1bn. The main reason for the increase in the defense budget is the strengthening of military spending, material preservation,…

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Colombian Navy Host EU Official

May 30, 2019 (Google Translation) – Ms. Helga Schmid, General Secretary of the European External Action Service, accompanied by Mrs. Patricia Llombart, Ambassador of the European Union in Colombia, visited the installations of the Colombian Navy in the city of Cartagena. The purpose of this visit was to know and strengthen the bonds of common cooperation on issues such as the fight against drug trafficking and other manifestations of transnational organized crime in the sea; as well as the participation of the Colombian Navy in international crisis management operations. The…

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CHENS 2019: meeting of European navies

May 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – On 9 and 10 May, the Chief of the Navy and his European counterparts met in Lisbon. Initiated in 1990, the Chiefs of the European Navies Symposium (CHENS) meets each year with the chiefs of staff of the European navies, members of the European Union or NATO, as well as representatives of the European Military Staff ( EUMS) of the NATO International Staff (IMS) and US Navy Command in Europe and Africa (US NAVEUR-NAVAF) as observer. The 2019 edition, whose presidency was entrusted to…

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Transfer of the General Staff from Atalanta to Rota

March 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – The transfer of the OHQ from the European anti-piracy operation Atalante, from Northwood to Rota, took place on 29 March in Rota in the presence of the commanders of the operation leaving and taking, the General (RM UK) Charlie Stickland and Vice Admiral (ESP) Antonio Martorelli Lacave. Admiral Prazuck, Chief of Staff of the Navy, represented the Minister of Armed Forces, Florence Parly, to mark the commitment of France in this operation, which allows the European Union to be present in this strategic area…

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Copernicus Maritime Surveillance

These six info sheets introduce the different function areas covered by the Copernicus Maritime Surveillance service, and highlight one use case per area. They illustrate how the CMS service can be used in practice and provide concrete examples of situations in which satellite data has added value to maritime operations.  Copernicus Info sheet – Fisheries Control.pdf  Copernicus Info sheet – Marine Environment.pdf  Copernicus Info sheet – Law Enforcement.pdf  Copernicus Info sheet – Maritime Safety and Security.pdf  Copernicus Info sheet – Customs.pdf  Copernicus Info sheet – Support to International Organisations.pdf

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New EU regime for safer and greener ship recycling enters into force

January 8, 2019 – From 31 December 2018, the recycling of all large sea-going vessels sailing under an EU flag can only take place in yards included in the European List of ship recycling facilities. This is the result of the EU Ship Recycling Regulation – the only legally binding and comprehensive instrument on ship recycling in force in the world today, which aims to make ship recycling greener and safer. The European list contains currently 26 yards, most of them located in the EU, but also in Turkey and…

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Dutch Cabinet Establishes National NATO Plan

December 14, 2018 (Google Translation) – The government has today approved the national plan for NATO. It states that the cabinet will determine in the coming spring where extra money will go from the state budget. The intention is, as part of that consideration, to invest extra in Defense. Extra money for Defense is necessary because of the more unstable safety environment. There are more and more complex threats. Europe must also be better able to protect itself and to rely less on the United States. National plan That is…

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OCEAN2020 Project is Well Underway

December 5, 2018 – Since early Spring 2018, Terma has participated in the first EU-funded defense research project under the framework of the Preparatory Action on Defense Research. The objective of OCEAN2020 is to significantly improve maritime situational awareness for naval operations through the integration of unmanned systems with ISTAR payload capabilities. The project was kicked off in April this year and has just passed System Requirement Review and is now progressing towards the System Design phase. Terma’s main role in the project is to contribute within areas of interoperability…

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WFP Vessel Arrives in Somalia

United Nations World Food Program (WFP) ship MV Esbjerg safely arrived in Mogadishu on 11th February 2018 under the protection of EU Naval Force’s Lithuanian Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachment (AVPD). The Lithuanian troops were welcomed to Mogadishu by the Somali based EU NAVFOR Liaison Officer, Commander Steve Elliot RN. Commander Elliot spoke to the Master of the vessel and thanked the AVPD for their efforts to date. He said: ‘The troops do a difficult and sometimes understated job but what they guarantee is the safe delivery of these supplies that…

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Terma part of prestigious first EU-funded defense security project

Aerospace, defense, and security company Terma will take part in the EU-funded project, OCEAN2020. The project will boost technological research in the maritime domain. Terma will contribute to the consortium within areas of interoperability requirements analysis, system design, decision support analysis, and operator task analysis. “Terma’s participation in the Leonardo led consortium is of high importance as it allows us to develop technologies and systems in close collaboration with European key industrial partners. Our unique contribution to the project highlights our role as a key European defense company at a…

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UK and France commit to new defence cooperation

The Defence Secretary has joined the Prime Minister, Chancellor, Foreign Secretary and other members of the Cabinet at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for the 2018 UK-France Summit. The two countries are the only European powers with the ability and political will to deploy and sustain significant military force. A number of initiatives have been announced at the Summit to strengthen UK-France cooperation, building on the 2010 Lancaster House Treaties. The measures agreed between the UK and France today will include: President Macron has agreed to further French support to…

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A look at Dutch Defense news 11 – 18 December

25 EU member states are to permanently cooperate on a structural basis with regard to defense and security. This cooperation will take place under the flag of PESCO, which stands for permanent structured cooperation. The Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs formally established the partnership in Brussels last week. House of Representatives gives the green light for extension of mission The Netherlands’ contributions to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali and the NATO mission in Afghanistan are to be extended until the end of 2018. Final F-16s delivered to Jordan…

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Africa maritime cooperation center launched

Africa has launched its maritime technology cooperation center as part of an ambitious IMO-EU project to establish a global network of centers to further global efforts in addressing climate change. The centers will act as regional focal points for a wide range of activities including improving compliance with existing and future international energy-efficiency regulations; promoting uptake of low-carbon technologies and operations in maritime transport, and establishing voluntary pilot data-collection and reporting systems to feed back into the global regulatory process. In doing so, they will play their part in supporting…

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Latest EU Attempt to Duplicate NATO

On 11 December 2017, the Council adopted a decision establishing Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), less than a month after receiving a joint notification by member states of their intention to participate. The 25 member states participating in PESCO are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden. On 13 November 2017, ministers from 23 member states signed a joint notification on the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and handed it over…

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European Union Defense Cooperation Formally

Google Translation 23 EU member states permanently cooperate on a structural basis in defense and security. This is done under the flag of PESCO (permanent structured cooperation). The Council of Foreign Ministers formally established the partnership today in Brussels. Collaboration is now the norm and no longer the exception. From the start of 2018, the Member States will give concrete substance to this with the first 17 projects. The Netherlands is participating with 7. These are projects in the field of logistics, medical capabilities, maritime mine control, cyber and radio…

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