Over 40 ships begin exercise Northern Coasts in the Baltic Sea

September 3, 2019 – Around 3,000 troops and more than 40 vessels from 18 nations are taking part in the annual Northern Coasts naval exercise that starts on 3 September in Copenhagen. Northern Coasts will take place near the Danish straits connecting the Baltic Sea to the North Sea, as well as between Kiel and Bornholm. It will run until 19 September. “The Baltic Sea is of vital importance for the Alliance and is bordered by six NATO countries”, said NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu. “Northern Coasts is now in its…

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Germany Accedes to Ship Rrecycling Convention

July 16 2019 – Germany is the latest country to accede to IMO’s treaty for safe and environmentally-sound ship recycling – the Hong Kong Convention. The Convention covers the design, construction, operation and maintenance of ships, and preparation for ship recycling in order to facilitate safe and environmentally sound recycling, without compromising the safety and operational efficiency of ships. Under the treaty, ships to be sent for recycling are required to carry an inventory of hazardous materials, specific to each ship. Ship recycling yards are required to provide a “Ship Recycling…

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Fort McHenry Concludes BALTOPS Operations

June 26, 2019 – USS Fort McHenry concluded exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019, June 21. BALTOPS, now in its 47th iteration, featured ships and aircraft from 18 nations, and is the largest maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic region. “BALTOPS 2019 was truly an impressive feat when you think about what we were able to accomplish,” said Cmdr. Steve Schmidt, commanding officer of Fort McHenry. “18 countries came together and displayed the diverse skills of professional mariners. I am proud to have commanded the Sailors and Marines aboard Fort McHenry during…

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Tests demonstrate improved guidance and targeting for Rolling Airframe Missile

June 19, 2019 – The U.S. Navy successfully completed a series of guided flight tests for Raytheon Company’s RAM Block 2A short-range, surface-to-air missile. Testing occurred at the Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake, California, and from the Navy’s self-defense test ship off the coast of Southern California.  RAM is the world’s most modern ship self-defense weapon and protects ships of all sizes. It’s deployed on more than 165 ships in 11 countries, ranging from 500-ton fast attack craft to 95,000-ton aircraft carriers. The latest software upgrade enhances guidance and…

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NATO Navies Test Readiness in Baltic Sea

June 8, 2019 – Around 8,600 U.S. and European troops from 18 nations are taking part in the annual BALTOPS naval exercise that starts on Sunday (9 June) in Germany’s Baltic Sea port of Kiel. The 47th BALTOPS exercise involves maritime, air and ground forces with about 50 ships and submarines and 40 aircraft and will run through 21 June. The training includes finding and destroying sea mines and submarines, the use of air defence and landing troops onshore as well as defence against attack from enemy navy vessels. “The…

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Raytheon missiles support complex NATO exercise

May 28, 2019 – Raytheon Company missiles played vital roles in the Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO military exercise called Formidable Shield 2019, which took place off the coast of Scotland and included scenarios of no-notice target launches. During the event, the Standard Missile-3 was fired at a simulated target. Raytheon’s Standard Missile-2 and Evolved SeaSparrow Missile engaged targets simulating anti-ship cruise missiles. The real-world training exercise enabled Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States to improve interoperability and practice defeating…

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Denmark urged to consider flooded weapons in the Nord Stream 2 route

March 28, 2019 (Google Translation) – When choosing the route of the Nord Stream – 2 gas pipeline, it is necessary to take into account the chemical weapons stocks flooded near the Danish island of Bornholm, said the press service of the Danish Energy Agency (DEA) Ture Falbe-Hansen to RIA Novosti. After the Second World War, about 50 thousand tons of chemical munitions were flooded in the Baltic Sea. Most of them lie in the vicinity of the islands of Gotland and Bornholm. Falbe-Hansen also confirmed that the agency had…

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Forces From 14 Countries in UK for Major Navy Exercise

March 15, 2019 – Hundreds of Royal Navy personnel will join forces with warships, submarines and aircraft from 13 other countries for a two-week exercise. Naval ships, Royal Marines and helicopters from the Fleet Air Arm will be in and around Scotland for Exercise Joint Warrior. It will see the navy work alongside the Army and Royal Air Force as well as tri-service counterparts from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and the US. In total, there will be 6,500 personnel at sea,…

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Boeing Completes NATO AWACS Upgrades

December 18, 2018 – Boeing delivered the final Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft modernized with avionics and a digital cockpit to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Manching, Germany. This delivery is the final of 14 and ensures NATO AWACS compliance with current and future air traffic control and navigation requirements. Upgrades include five full-color digital displays in each aircraft, replacing 1970’s-era dials and provides crewmembers with customizable engine, navigation and radar data. These digital capabilities also allow NATO to consolidate crew responsibilities. “The Communication Navigation Surveillance/Air…

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German-Israeli intergovernmental consultations – Grütters: Provenance research and the return of Nazi looted art are of central importance

October 4, 2018 – As part of today’s German-Israeli intergovernmental consultations in Jerusalem, Minister of State for Culture Monika Grütters has met for bilateral talks with the Israeli Minister for Social Equality, Gila Gamliel, and the Director-General of the Ministry of Culture and Sport, Yossi Sharabi. Monika Grütters said: “Following our trip to Israel in July this year, we have been able to deepen the close cultural cooperation between our countries in a good and trusting atmosphere. With Minister Gamliel I have exchanged for provenance research and returns of Nazi…

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Thirteen Allies to cooperate on the introduction of Maritime Unmanned Systems

October 3, 2018 – At our Summit in Brussels in July, NATO leaders endorsed the implementation of NATO’s reinforced maritime posture. In support of this, on Wednesday (3 October 2018), Defence Ministers from thirteen NATO Allies signed a declaration of intent to cooperate on the introduction of Maritime Unmanned Systems. This initiative will enable Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States to pool their resources, their talent and ingenuity to create better, more flexible and more interoperable unmanned, maritime…

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Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2018 concludes

The world’s largest international maritime exercise concluded Aug. 2 following more than a month of training events conducted in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, 46 surface ships, five submarines, 17 land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel participated in Rim of the Pacific exercise 2018. This year’s RIMPAC iteration marked the 26th in the series that began in 1971 and is now held every two years. Hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2018 was led by U.S. Vice Adm. John D. Alexander,…

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US Navy Kicks Off 26th RIMPAC Exercise

Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. John C. Aquilino and Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Vice Adm. John D. Alexander announced June 29th the start of the world’s largest international maritime exercise, the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), scheduled through Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Twenty-five nations, more than 45 surface ships and submarines, 17 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are taking part in a unique training opportunity designed to foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to…

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USS Bainbridge Arrives in Kiel

USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) arrived in Kiel, Germany, June 15 to participate in Kiel Week 2018. Bainbridge arrived in Kiel after participating in exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018. Bainbridge’s participation in BALTOPS 2018 is a demonstration of our continued commitment to the collective security in the region. The visit during Kiel Week enhances our enduring relationship with Germany and the citizens of Kiel. Commanding officer Cmdr Patrick Murphy said, “Operating among so many of our allied and partner nations over the past two weeks during BALTOPS has been a remarkable…

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BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update: June 2

Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018 kicked off with participating nations attending a pre-sail conference at Hotel Amberton Klaipeda on June 1. BALTOPS is an annual joint, multinational maritime-focused exercise scheduled for June 1-15, 2018. It is designed to improve training value for participants enhance flexibility and interoperability, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces in defending the Baltic Sea region. The exercise will involve maritime, ground, and air forces so as to strengthen combined response capabilities necessary to ensure regional stability. Participating nations in BALTOPS include Belgium, Denmark, Finland,…

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