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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NATO Pulls December 5th Announcement Without Explanation

NATO released the following press release December 5th, since pulled without notice. Foreign Ministers agreed to step up NATO’s cooperation with the European Union on Tuesday (5 December 2017). Joint work between the organizations will include three new areas: military mobility, information sharing in the fight against terrorism, and promoting women’s role in peace and security. “We are taking cooperation between NATO and the EU to a new level,” said Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.  

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Armed Forces Minister reinforces UK support to Gibraltar

Minister for the Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster, arrived in Gibraltar November 8th. He will meet Gibraltar Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, Deputy Governor, Nick Pyle OBE, as well as service personnel stationed in the UK overseas territory as part of a visit to discuss Brexit and the role of the UK’s military in Gibraltar. Minister for the Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster, said, “Gibraltar is of great importance to the UK, our Armed Forces and our allies. It has provided vital assistance to operations and exercises over the years, perhaps best demonstrated…

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ESPS Alborán Takes Over as EU fishery patrol ship in the North Atlantic

Google Translation The “Alborán” high-altitude patrol boat sailed from its base at the Cartagena Arsenal on August 23 to participate in the NAFO Campaign (Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization) in collaboration with the General Secretariat of Fisheries during the next two months in the Area of ​​the great banks of Newfoundland (Canada). There, he will carry out fishing inspection and surveillance tasks, as well as assistance to the fishermen in the area. In the NAFO seasonal campaign, Spain participates in assigning ships of the Navy along with other European Union members, USA,…

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EU ship recyclers join voices to promote clean and safe practices

March 10, 2017 – Five European ship recycling yards announced yesterday that they have joined forces to effectively raise awareness of existing best practice and the fact that there is capacity in Europe to properly recycle ships. The newly established European Ship Recyclers Group (ESR) aims at reaching out to ship owners that are looking for clean and safe ship recycling. The NGO Shipbreaking Platform can only welcome this step and vows to support their efforts in attracting more business as long as they maintain sustainable practices. The European Union…

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Strengthening NATO-EU-OSCE security dialogue on arms control

February 22, 2017 – On 10 February 2017, NATO convened an informal workshop on how to reinforce security dialogue in the Euro-Atlantic region. It focused more specifically on the importance of three major regional organisations – NATO, the European Union (EU) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) – in supporting each other to improve existing arms control mechanisms. The workshop included the participation of the European External Action Service (EEAS), the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre, the Stockholm International Peace and Research Institute (SIPRI), and senior staff…

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Platform publishes list of ships dismantled worldwide in 2016

February 1, 2017 – The list of all ships dismantled around the world in 2016, which the NGO Shipbreaking Platform has compiled and analysed, shows no improvements of the shipping industry’s management of its end-of-life vessels. Far from it: the Platform today releases data that indicate an increase in the number of ships sold for polluting and unsafe shipbreaking on the beaches of South Asia. In 2016, a total of 668 vessels were broken on tidal beaches, that is as much as 87% of all tonnage dismantled globally. “The shipping industry is…

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