NATO Foreign Ministers conclude two-day meeting in Brussels

December 5, 2018 – NATO Foreign Ministers concluded two days of meetings in Brussels on Wednesday (5 December 2018), focused on issues including the INF Treaty, the Sea of Azov, the Western Balkans, Afghanistan, and the Alliance’s new training mission in Iraq. At the conclusion of the meeting, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg noted that Foreign Ministers will next meet in Washington in April 2019, marking 70 years since the Alliance’s founding. He added that Allied leaders will also meet later next year. On Tuesday, NATO Foreign Ministers agreed that Russia…

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NATO Foreign Ministers agree Russia is in violation of INF Treaty

December 4, 2018 – NATO members have concluded that Russia has developed and fielded a new missile system in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a key arms control agreement which has been crucial in upholding NATO’s security for over 30 years. At a meeting on Tuesday (4 December 2018) NATO Foreign Ministers called on Russia to urgently return to full and verifiable compliance, saying: “it is now up to Russia to preserve the INF Treaty.” Allies expressed firm commitment to preserving effective international arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation.

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NATO policy makers discuss deterrence and nuclear policy

November 29, 2018 – Representatives from NATO nations, NATO staffs and other experts, gathered in Washington, D.C., on Thursday (29 November 2018) at the invitation of the United States to address deterrence requirements against the background of a changing and challenging security environment. Coming on the heels of July’s NATO Summit, the NATO Nuclear Policy Symposium, which is held annually and hosted by an Ally, focused on a wide range of topics, including the strengthening of NATO’s deterrence and defense posture, arms control, and priorities for adapting NATO’s nuclear policy.…

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SNMG2 Visit to Oran

November 26, 2018 (Google Translation) – The frigate “Christopher Columbus” and the supply ship “Cantabria”, integrated in the SNMG-2, visited the port of Algiers. The group’s stay in Algiers has served to deepen Algeria’s relations with NATO and advance cooperation in matters of maritime security in the Mediterranean. All this within the framework of the NATO initiative “Mediterranean Dialogue” with the countries of North Africa. During his stay in port, the group received the visit of the Ambassador of Spain in Algeria, Fernando Morán Calvo-Sotelo, who also acted as NATO…

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Cyber Coalition helps prepare NATO for today’s threats

November 28, 2018 – NATO’s flagship cyber defense exercise Cyber Coalition, one of the largest in the world, started on Tuesday (27 November 2018) in Tartu, Estonia. The exercise tests and trains cyber defenders from across the Alliance in their ability to defend NATO and national networks. Now in its eleventh year, Cyber Coalition involves around 700 participants from Allies, partners, industry and academia. The exercise aims to enhance coordination and collaboration between NATO and Allies, strengthen the  ability to protect Alliance cyberspace, and conduct military operations in the cyber…

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NATO ships Visit Sweden

November 27, 2018 – The ships of Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) conducted a port visit in Karlskrona, Sweden 23 to 25 November. The port visit included visits to local military and civilian officials as well as tours of the ships for both local residents and Swedish military personnel. Sweden is a NATO Partner nation and NATO ships regularly call on ports in Sweden as part of their routine patrols in the Baltic Sea. These port visits allow the crews to…

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North Atlantic Council statement on developments near the Sea of Azov

November 27, 2018 – In view of Russia’s use of military force against Ukraine near the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, ‎NATO Allies call on Russia to ensure unhindered access to Ukrainian ports and allow freedom of navigation. There is no justification for Russia’s use of military force against Ukrainian ships and naval personnel. We call on Russia to release the Ukrainian sailors and ships it seized, without delay. We call for calm and restraint. We reiterate our full support to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its…

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KNM Helge Ingstad Collision With Tanker Sola TS

November 8, 2018 (Google Translation) – The Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Ingstad was night to 8 November involved in a collision with the tanker Sola TS. All personnel were evacuated, eight people were more easily injured and taken care of. 1630: STATUS KNM HELGE INGSTAD: – All crew members at KNM Helge Ingstad are now gathered at Haakonsvern, where they are taken care of by health professionals and are being processed. – None of the crew will be available for interview with the press before noon on Friday afternoon. –…

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Norway uses Exercise Trident Juncture to Strengthen Resilience

November 6, 2018 – Trident Juncture 18, NATO’s largest exercise in recent years, is also the Alliance’s first military exercise to include substantial civil preparedness elements and to practice cooperation between the military and the civilian authorities. Norway, which is hosting the exercise, is using the collective defense scenario not only to train its armed forces, but also to build up its ability to respond to a crisis of any kind. This is fully in line with the commitment that all NATO Allies have undertaken to increase national resilience, which…

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FS Dixmude in Trident Juncture

November 5, 2018 (Google Translation) – The Projection and Command Building (BPC) Diksmuide arrived in the Norwegian fjords on October 26, 2018, and integrated Exercise Trident Juncture 2018, NATO’s largest exercise in the last ten years. Diksmuide is a building designed for the action of the sea towards the earth. Particularly versatile, it covers a wide range of missions: amphibious operations, airmobiles, operational transport or health support. During this exercise, Diksmuide operates within the amphibious group, with two Dutch vessels: the LHD (landing helicopter dock, equivalent of PCB in the…

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Katanpää class in demanding evaluation by NATO

November 3, 2018 (Google Translation) – Mine countermeasures vessel Vahterpää conducted NEL 2 (NATO Evaluation Level 2) which is the highest level of the NATO evaluation process during the NOCO 2018 Exercise. The evaluation on Vahterpää covered all three of the identical vessels of the Katanpää class. The NATO NEL 2 evaluation conducted on mine countermeasures vessel Vahterpää in the first week of the NOCO 18 Exercise took the entire vessel class a significant step closer to full operational readiness. The evaluation conducted on one of the three vessels of…

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HMS Westminster and Northumberland make most of NATO’s biggest exercise of 2018

November 5, 2018 – The crew of the tanker USNS Leroy Grumman haul in a line as they fill up two British warships simultaneously in the icy waters of the Norwegian sea. HMS Westminster and Northumberland took a break from submarine hunting with the French to take on board fuel after a challenging first few days in the far north of the Atlantic. The duo are part of a protective ring of steel around the US amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima and her British and American marines leading the…

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LCA and LCX, CNIM’S New Amphibious Craft

October 25, 2018 – On the occasion of Euronaval 2018, CNIM announces the launch of two families of crafts: the Landing Crafts Assault or LCA, for Ground Forces projection; and Landing Crafts X-missions or LCX, a versatile, fast offshore vessel designed to fulfill Naval Forces’ needs. On the occasion of Euronaval, @CNIM_Group launches new amphibious crafts, the LCA and LCX, that increase the operational capabilities of motherships. CNIM designed the new generation of vessels to provide operational versatility for a mothership working alongside the L-CAT® Ship-to-Shore. The LCA, operational support for Ground Forces Robust, reliable, roll-on roll-off and travelling at…

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USS Harry S. Truman Strike Group Joins NATO for Trident Juncture

October 25, 2018 – USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and select ships from Carrier Strike Group Eight (CSG-8) joined U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps service members Oct. 25 for the largest NATO exercise since 2015 – Trident Juncture 2018 (TRJE 18). The U.S.’s 14,000-strong combined force will join participants from all 29 NATO member nations, as well as partners Sweden and Finland. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) will send aircraft from embarked Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) to conduct sorties, both at-sea and on…

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U.S. Forces Ready for NATO Exercise Trident Juncture 18

October 22, 2018 – More than 14,000 U.S. service members from the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps will take part in Exercise Trident Juncture 18, which begins Oct. 25, 2018. The month-long exercise will take place in Norway and the surrounding areas of the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea, including Iceland and the airspace of Finland and Sweden. The exercise will include a live portion, from Oct. 25-Nov. 7 and a command post exercise from Nov. 14-23. Trident Juncture 18 is designed to test NATO’s ability…

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