HMS Defender Fires Missile in Exercise Formidable Shield

May 20, 2019 – In a burst of fire and smoke, Royal Navy warship HMS Defender has tested her world-beating missile system off the coast of Scotland. Blasting from the Type 45 destroyer’s silo, the missile flew four times the speed of sound before obliterating an incoming drone target designed to simulate a projectile attack on the ship. It marks the first time HMS Defender has taken on this particular type of target – one that is significantly more challenging as it flies faster and lower than others before it.…

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U.S., Allies Conclude Formidable Shield 2019

May 20, 2019 – Exercise Formidable Shield 2019, a live-fire integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) exercise held at the U.K. Ministry of Defence’s Hebrides Range in the vicinity of the Western Isles of Scotland and conducted by Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) on behalf of U.S. 6th Fleet, concluded May 19. “Our enduring relationship with the Missile Defense Agency, Maritime Threat Missile Defense Forum, our Royal Navy hosts, all of the participating navies, and our industry partners was critical to our success in Formidable Shield 2019,” said…

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Chief of Defense Staff Visits SNMG2 Flagship HNLMS Evertsen

May 18, 2019 (Google Translation) – “The camaraderie on board and the way you do your work is great! We really need you. ”Armed Forces Rob Bauer said this during an Alle Hens aboard Sr. Ms Evertsen during the voyage from Split (Croatia) to Durrës (Albania). He visited the ship that currently serves as a staff ship for the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2). He spoke on board with the staff about their work and experiences, but also about the employment conditions. He explained the latest state of affairs…

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NATO ships start missile defence drill off Scotland

May 8, 2019 – Ships from nine NATO countries are taking part in live-fire air and missile defence drills off the coast of Scotland from Tuesday (7 May 2019). Exercise Formidable Shield will take place at the United Kingdom’s Hebrides training range, in the Western Isles of Scotland and will run until 19 May. Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO will conduct the exercise on behalf of the US Navy. “Formidable Shield shows how Allies are working together to protect NATO forces and populations from the real threat of ballistic…

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FS Lyre in NATO MCM Exercise

April 24, 2019 Released May 6, 2019 (Google Translation) – From 14 to 20 March, off the Cretan coast, the Lyre Tripartite Mine Hunter (CMT) participated for the third time in NATO’s “ARIADNE 19” operational exercise. The aim of the mine warfare force was to locate pre-submerged drill mines while dealing with asymmetric and aerial threats, simulated here by the participation of two F16 aircraft belonging to the Greek Air Force. This exercise, organized by the Greek Mine Warfare Staff, brought together eleven vessels from seven different nationalities. The force…

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NRP D Francisco de Almeida Departs for FOST

May 6, 2019 (Google Translation) – The frigate D. Francisco de Almeida left this morning from Lisbon Naval Base for England, where he will participate in Operational Sea Training (OST), from May 9 to June 13, 2019. FOST traditionally stands as an important milestone in the process of preparing the Portuguese naval units to prepare ships to operate in high-level scenarios. complexity, to the maximum extent of their capabilities, including the full spectrum and environments of naval operations, maximizing their combat capability, especially defense against terrorist attacks that occur from…

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NATO Engages: the Alliance at 70

April 3, 2019 – On the eve of the meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Washington D.C., a “NATO Engages” conference took place on Wednesday (3 April 2019) to discuss “the Alliance at 70”. Addressing the conference, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg pointed to a “paradox”: while questions are being asked about the strength of the transatlantic bond, Europe and North America are actually doing “more together than in many decades”. Pointing to the “historic success” and enduring value of NATO, Mr. Stoltenberg also stressed the importance of Allied unity…

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U. S. 2nd Fleet to Lead BALTOPS 2019

April 2, 2019 – U.S. 2nd Fleet (C2F) will lead the 47th annual exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019, the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region that takes place in the Baltic Sea mid-June 2019 marking the fleet’s first time operating in the European theater since reestablishment in 2018. Commander, C2F, Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis, will lead the exercise on behalf of U.S. Naval Forces Europe. He addressed more than 200 planners at the BALTOPS final planning conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, April 2. “As you all are aware, U.S.…

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Almirante Juan de Borbon Deploys for SNMG1

March 22, 2019 (Google Translation) – Today Friday, March 22, the Spanish frigate “Admiral Juan de Borbón” (F-102) has gone to sea to join the Nato Permanent Naval Grouping no. 1 (SNMG-1). The frigate will be deployed for the next three months by the North Sea, the Baltic and the North Atlantic, to return to its home port in Ferrol at the end of June. The ship sailed at noon from Pier 3 of the Arsenal Militar de Ferrol, after a farewell ceremony that was presided over by the Commander…

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SNMG-1 and SNMCMG-1 Visit Plymouth

March 21, 2019 – Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG) 1 and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasure Group One (SNMCMG) 1 completed a scheduled port visit to Plymouth, England. While in Plymouth, crewmembers immersed themselves in the city’s rich maritime history and culture, and engaged with local community members through office calls, local media interviews, ship tours and community relations (COMREL) events. Thirteen Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107), SNMG-1’s flagship, visited Plympton Academy in Plymouth to interact and read with students. “It was very flattering to host…

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Dynamic Manta 2019 Completed

March 13, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Dynamic Manta 2019 has ended , one of NATO ‘s most important annual exercises , aimed at ensuring constant interoperability between air, surface and underwater forces in the anti-submarine struggle . Five submarines, nine ships, eight helicopters and seven maritime patrol aircraft from Greece, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Turkey, Canada and France took part in the exercise, which began on 26 February in Catania and took place in the central Mediterranean. , Germany and the United States. The exercise was conducted by…

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NATO Conference discusses the impact of poor governance as a security risk

March 5, 2019 – Representatives from NATO nations and partner countries gathered in Washington DC on Tuesday (5 March) to discuss how to promote better governance, accountability and transparency in the defense and security sector. They were joined by delegates from international organizations, NGOs and the private sector for the three-day “NATO 2019 Building Integrity Conference”, with a focus on the challenges to build capable defense institutions. Speaking at the opening of the event, the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy Ambassador Alejandro Alvargonzález thanked the…

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