Dutch Defense Update

September 19, 2018 (Google Translation) – During the coming weeks, 11 navy units from various NATO partners will be clearing sea lanes and parts of the North Sea seabed of old First and Second World War explosives off the coast of Belgium. The operation will take place under the name of Sandy Coast 2018. The Netherlands has provided the minehunters HNLMS Makkum, HNLMS Vlaardingen and HNLMS Urk and a team for operating unmanned sonar systems. Belgium will provide three of such teams and a diving team. The exercise will last…

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This is the Heart of Trident Juncture

September 19, 2018 -During exercise Trident Juncture, NATO will run its operations from one of the most advanced warships ever made. ​NATO’s Trident Juncture 2018 is just a few weeks away, with Admiral James G. Foggo as its exercise commander. Normally, Foggo heads the Allied Joint Force Command Naples, but during the exercise he will be where he likes it the most: “Afloat, on board my favorite ship, USS Mount Whitney,” he says. The American warship will sail along the Norwegian coast, serving as the very heart of NATO’s largest exercise…

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Turia Joins SNMCMG2

September 17, 2018 (Google Translation) – Today, September 14th, the effective incorporation of the “Turia” cazaminas has been carried out in the Permanent Grouping of Measures Against Mines nº2 (SNMCMG 2) by NATO in the Mediterranean. The ship will be three months within the operational structure of the Atlantic Alliance. The cazaminas M-34 “Turia” of the Spanish Navy departed last 10 of its base in Cartagena towards Toulon in France, to effect the integration. The farewell ceremony was presided over by the commander of the Mine Action Force, Captain Rafael…

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NATO Chief Lists Benefits of Alliance to United States

By Jim Garamone September 15, 2018 – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is as important to the United States as it is to Europe, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said here at the Heritage Foundation yesterday. The NATO chief spoke at the foundation following talks with U.S. security officials. In his remarks, he stressed the importance of the nearly 70-year-old organization to America. The alliance has guaranteed peace and stability in Europe since it was founded in 1949, Stoltenberg said. NATO was a response to aggression from the Soviet Union…

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NATO Shadowing Russian Navy

September 8, 2018 (Google Translation) – NATO ships monitor a large number of Russian naval vessels in the east of the Mediterranean. The Russian ships and submarines practice there, but also have the attention because of the Russian interference in Syria. The Dutch navy ship HNLMS De Ruyter sails as the flagship of the NATO fleet. The NATO Fleet NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) is patrolling near the Russian units. This is how the ships show NATO presence and try to get behind the Russians’ intentions. Dutch Commander The air…

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NATO welcomes new Supreme Allied Commander Transformation

September 11, 2018 – General André Lanata took over as Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) today (11 September 2018) from General Denis Mercier at a change of command ceremony at Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia. NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, congratulated General Lanata on his appointment to his new command. “General Lanata’s record is second to none, and he is the right person to lead the Command in the years ahead,” said Mr Stoltenberg. General Lanata, former Chief of Staff for the French Air Force, began his career as…

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Croatian and UK ships join NATO’s Operation Sea Guardian

September 7, 2018 – The Croatian Navy and the Royal Navy joined NATO’s maritime operation in the Mediterranean Sea on Friday (7 September 2018). Over the next two weeks, the Croatian Navy vessel HRMV Vukovar, a Helsinki-class missile boat, and the Royal Navy vessel HMS Echo, an Echo-class survey vessel, will join the Italian Navy frigate ITS Espero and other associated vessels and aircraft in patrolling the central Mediterranean. Sea Guardian is a maritime security operation through which NATO maintains situational awareness in the Mediterranean. The operation helps deter and…

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First load of military equipment for Exercise Trident Juncture 2018 arrives in Norway

August 24, 2018 – Vehicles and equipment for NATO’s largest military exercise in recent years have arrived from Italy to Norway this week. This is the first batch of equipment arriving for the exercise, which will take place in late October and early November. The equipment belongs to the Italian armoured brigade Ariete. The Italian Armed Forces will participate in Trident Juncture 2018 with some 1,200 troops, making Italy one of the main contributors to the exercise. Bringing together more than 40,000 troops and equipment from more than 30 countries…

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NATO Maritime Group Sails with Japanese Training Squadron

August 22, 2018 – Yesterday, Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) participated in a Passing Exercise (PASSEX) with a Japan Maritime Self Defense Force training squadron that is currently sailing in the Baltic Sea. SNMG1 spent the day with JMSDF cadet training vessel JS Kashima and the destroyer JS Makinami. Japan is one of a number of countries beyond the Euro-Atlantic area with which NATO is developing relations. These partners are often referred to as “partners across the globe.” NATO and Japan are strengthening relations to address shared security challenges,…

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HMS Duncan returns to Portsmouth after leading NATO Deployment

Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan has returned to Portsmouth after six months leading a NATO task group in the Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Sea. She returned to cheering crowds of up to 800 people eager to see their loved ones home. Since January the 200 men and women aboard the destroyer, plus a dedicated Royal Navy-led multi-national staff, have sailed thousands of miles leading an international force of warships promoting stability and security across the region. HMS Duncan took charge of NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2, a group…

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NATO Heads of State and Government take decisions to keep North America and Europe safe and secure

Allied Heads of State and Government met in Brussels on Wednesday (11 July 2018) and agreed to further strengthen NATO’s defense and deterrence, step up its role in the fight against terrorism and share the burden of security more fairly. Speaking on the first day of the Summit at NATO Headquarters, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, “The decisions we have made today show that Europe and North America are working together. NATO is delivering and we are determined to keep our almost one billion citizens safe and secure.” The twenty…

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Seven NATO Allies plan to acquire maritime munitions together

Seven NATO Allies are signing a Letter of Intent on Multinational Cooperation for the Provision of Maritime Battle Decisive Munitions (MBDM) in Brussels during the NATO Summit (11 and 12 July 2018). Under this agreement, Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, and Spain plan to combine munitions purchases in order to achieve economies of scale – and thus lower prices. The potential establishment of common warehousing solutions could lower costs even further. The plan covers a broad range of munition types, including surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes, and gun shells.…

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Starship Enterprise completes year-long NATO mission

One year to the day that they raised the NATO flag, the crew of HMS Enterprise lowered it – their mission as a Mediterranean flagship complete. On a sizzling day in Souda Bay, Crete, the survey ship’s task leading a force of international minehunters formally ended as Britain handed over responsibility for the group – which roams from the Pillars of Hercules to eastern shore of the Black Sea – to the German Navy. Temperatures reached 35˚C on the forecastle of the Devonport-based ship as NATO’s Maritime Commander Vice Admiral…

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Royal Navy hands over command of NATO Task Group in Portugal

Commodore Mike Utley OBE formally handed over command of the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) to his Dutch counterpart Commodore Boudewijn GFM Boots, in the port of Lisbon on Saturday 30 June. This marked the end of a year long UK commitment leading SNMG2. Rear Admiral James Morley assumed command of SNMG2 during a ceremony in Souda Bay, Crete 12 months previously before handing over to Commodore Mike Utley on the 4 January 2018. HNLMS De Ruyter assumed the SNMG2 flagship role from HMS Duncan during the same ceremony,…

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Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach Becomes Chairman of the NATO Military Committee

The Chairman of the Military Committee is the senior military advisor to the Secretary General, and the conduit through which advice from NATO’s Chiefs of Defence is presented to the political body of NATO, the North Atlantic Council. Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, said, “I am proud to be joining NATO at such an important time in the history of the Alliance. NATO has delivered collective defense, maintained security and upheld the shared values of our 29 partners for almost seventy years. As Chairman of the Military Committee I…

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