VP-4 Concludes Arctic Operations

January 14, 2020 – Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 recently concluded maritime operations in the Arctic and North Atlantic Oceans on, Jan 11, 2020. For almost 80 days, the “Skinny Dragons” conducted Anti-Submarine Warfare missions aboard their fleet of P-8A Poseidon jets, the nation’s only long-range anti-submarine warfare aircraft, from partner nation air bases in Portugal, Iceland, and Norway. These missions…

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Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to Replace Hamburg SNMG2 Auxiliary Division

January 14, 2020 (Google Translation) – The frigate “Mecklenburg-Vorpommern” will sail towards the Aegean for around three months on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 12 noon to replace the frigate “Hamburg” in the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG 2). This started towards the Mediterranean in early September last year. After the handover, she will go home and expect back…

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FGS Fulda Deploys for SNMCMG2 in the Mediterranean

January 3, 2019 (Google Translation) – On Wednesday, January 8th, 2020, the mine hunting boat “Fulda” will leave the home port of Kiel at 1 p.m. Over the next five and a half months, the boat will be subordinate to the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (NATO), which the Alliance is deploying in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea…

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Sella Home From SNMCMG2 Deployment

December 18, 2019 (Google Translation) – On the morning of December 18, the “Sella” cazaminas (M-32) has returned to its base in the Arsenal of Cartagena after completing its integration in the Permanent Group of Measures Against Mines number 2 (SNMCMG-2, for its acronym in English), in which it has been deployed since last September. The welcome ceremony has been…

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Secretary General Marks $1 Billion Contract to Modernize NATO AWACS Fleet

November 27, 2019 – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of Boeing International, Sir Michael Arthur, met at Melsbroek Airport in Brussels on Wednesday (27 November 2019) to mark a major investment in the Alliance’s fleet of AWACS surveillance aircraft. NATO’s 1 billion dollar contract with Boeing will modernize the AWACS fleet, ensuring they continue to support the…

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Turkey-led drill shows interoperability

November 12, 2019 – The Dogu Akdeniz-19 (Eastern Mediterranean-2019) joint international naval exercise is important to demonstrate the interoperability between the allied nations of Turkey and Pakistan, a Pakistani navy captain said on Tuesday. PNS Alamgir Captain Muhammad Akram told Anadolu Agency that all personnel participating in the exercise were provided with advanced training, along with the opportunity to observe…

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The Origins of NATO

 This December, the world will watch as heads of state and government and military leaders gather at the NorthAtlantic Treaty Organization’s Leaders’ Meeting in London. With the commemoration of the Alliance’s 70th anniversary, this past year has served to honor NATO’s achievements. To round off this historic year, the NATO Leaders’ Meeting in December presents an important opportunity to jointly…

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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…

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Kiel Mine Search Squadron Opens “Showroom Mine Defense”

November 8, 2019 (Google Translation) – On Wednesday, the 13th of November 2019 at 10 o’clock, the Kiel-based 3.Minensuchgeschwader opens a permanent “showroom mine defense” in the naval base in the Wik. The squadron’s visitor center moves into the officers’ home of the base and will be open to the public from 21 November 2019. From the operation “Südflanke” in…

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Secretary General: NATO is the bedrock of European and transatlantic security

November 7, 2019 – Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivered remarks at the Körber Global Leaders Dialogue in Berlin on Thursday (7 November 2019), stressing the importance of NATO as the bedrock of European and transatlantic security. Speaking two days before the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, he said: “The bond between Europe and North America made…

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NATO ships test next generation of electronic warfare defences

October 31, 2019 – Thirteen NATO countries are taking part in simulated air and missile defence drills off the United Kingdom’s southern coast from Thursday (31 October 2019). The 6-day Naval Electro Magnetic Operations – or “NEMO” – trials will test how allied navies can defend themselves against anti-ship cruise and hypersonic missiles using state-of-the-art electronic defences. “NEMO 19 shows…

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