Statement by the North Atlantic Council on Actions taken against the use of chemical weapons in Syria

In the North Atlantic Council today the United States, France and United Kingdom briefed Allies on their joint military action on 14 April. They briefed that a significant body of information indicated that the Syrian regime was responsible for the attack against civilians in Douma on 7 April, and that their military action was limited to the Syrian regime’s facilities enabling the production and employment of chemical weapons. The three Allies emphasized that there was no practicable alternative to the use of force. Allies expressed their full support for this…

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Karel Doorman contributes to maritime safety with NATO

Google Translation HNLMS Karel Doorman left today for a nine-week operation on the Mediterranean. The logistics support and supply vessel participates in the NATO Sea Guardian mission, aimed at securing the European southern flank. For example, Tunisian anti-terror personnel is being trained. Doorman-commander captain-in-sea Sim Schot: “It is actually the 1st real military deployment of the ship. After combating ebola for the African east coast and humanitarian assistance on Sint Maarten after Hurricane Irma. In addition, each bed is occupied for the first time, with 300 people on board. ”…

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Alghero in SNMCMG2

Google Translation On March 20 from Corfu, the Cacciamine Alghero , the unit of the Navy inserted in the second Group of Countermeasures Mine of NATO (Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 – SNMCMG2), left yesterday. The stop was scheduled at the end of the Ariadne 2018 mine hunting exercise , held in the waters in front of the port of Patras (Greece) which involved both the naval units of the SNMCMG2 and the Greek navy, as host nation, in addition to the participation of ships coming from Bulgaria, Romania…

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ITS Alghero Deploys for SNMCMG2

Starting March 5, La Spezia will reach the other Naval Units in the waters in front of the Peloponnese The Italian Navy minehunter took off on March 5th from La Spezia to rejoin the units of NATO’s Second Countermeasure Group, deployed in the Mediterranean Sea. In the coming days, the ship will reach the waters in front of the Peloponnese, in Greece, to participate in the activities of the Standing NATO Mine Countemeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2), the NATO integrated multinational maritime force that works to ensure the protection of maritime…

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SNMG2 Exercises with Bulgarian Navy

Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) conducted a Passing Exercise with the Bulgarian Navy earlier this month in the Black Sea to increase interoperability and practice tactics and procedures. Exercises such as this, are part of the specific measures for a strengthened NATO maritime presence in the region. NATO is increasing the regularity of its patrols in the Black Sea region as part of a larger reinforcement for the collective defence of Allies referred to as tailored Forward Presence (tFP). SNMG2, consisting of flagship Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS…

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NATO Ships Locate Mines from WWII

Ships from Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) and the Royal Norwegian Navy located 23 mines from World War II four torpedoes in the waters of Oslo Fjord over the last two weeks. Conducting mine identification and neutralization in the freezing waters of Oslo Fjord, sometimes dipping to two degrees Celsius, demonstrates the capabilities of the ships to operate under these conditions to ensure safe access to harbors and sea lanes. Commander Peter Ramboer of the Belgian Navy led the efforts from the group flagship HNLMS Mercuur, working with…

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Britain Pledges 100 Bureaucrats to NATO

Speaking at a meeting of NATO Defence Ministers in Brussels, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson set out his ambition for a modern NATO that delivers on its commitments. Mr Williamson signaled that the UK will meet its commitments, including an uplift of around one hundred personnel in our contribution to NATO’s modernized Command Structure – the precise numbers will be determined through further work between now and the Summit. This will help to ensure that NATO can meet the security challenges of today and tomorrow. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said, “NATO…

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Spain leads Operation NATO “SEA GUARDIAN” against terrorism in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea

Google Translation Spain will lead the NATO Operation “SEA GUARDIAN” against terrorism in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Specifically, it is expected that a group of escorts from NATO countries, under Spanish control, will deploy next month in Mediterranean waters. This group, commanded by frigate captain Francisco Javier Vázquez Sanz, Commander of the frigate “Navarra” (F-85), will be formed by the Spanish frigate along with an unknown Italian frigate and the Belgian “Louise-Marie”. Cartagena will be the meeting point of these units. The Operation “SEA GUARDIAN” under the command…

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NATO Warship Discovers Mine from Previous Conflict

During routine mine countermeasure training in the Black Sea on 7th February 2018, Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group Two (SNMCMG2) ship, Turkish mine hunter TCG AKÇAY, discovered a sea mine from a previous conflict. The mine was discovered at 8 A.M. local time while TCG AKÇAY, under the command of Turkish Navy Lieutenant Commander Abdulla Yildiz, was using her mine hunting sonar to scan the sea bed and the water below her. The crew detected an object, which was thought to be a potential mine. TCG AKÇAY then used her…

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UK and France commit to new defence cooperation

The Defence Secretary has joined the Prime Minister, Chancellor, Foreign Secretary and other members of the Cabinet at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for the 2018 UK-France Summit. The two countries are the only European powers with the ability and political will to deploy and sustain significant military force. A number of initiatives have been announced at the Summit to strengthen UK-France cooperation, building on the 2010 Lancaster House Treaties. The measures agreed between the UK and France today will include: President Macron has agreed to further French support to…

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Belgian at the helm of NATO SNMCMG 1

Belgium has been commanding the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 since yesterday. The southern neighbor took over from Zeland in Zeebrugge. For half a year the Netherlands provides the staff ship for the squadron, which mainly operates on the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Frigate captain Peter Ramboer has been in charge of the mine control fleet for almost a year. In the coming months he will do that from the Dutch torpedo ship Zr. Ms. Mercuur. Ramboers international staff therefore mainly consists of Dutch soldiers. The Netherlands…

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HMS Cattistock deploys for NATO duties in the Baltic

Royal Navy Mine Hunter, HMS Cattistock, has set off from her Portsmouth base to join the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) as part of a three month deployment to the Baltic Sea. The purpose of SNMCMG1 is to ensure that all NATO units are continuously worked up and ready for operations in peacetime, periods of crisis and conflicts, as well as to ensure that the partnerships between NATO countries remains strong. Lieutenant Commander Charlie Wheen, Commanding Officer of HMS Cattistock said: “The Ship’s Company have worked incredibly hard…

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FNS Uusimaa Completes Year With NATO Response Force

Google Translation A new year-long standby phase for the NATO Spending Force (Nato Response Force, NRF) expired on December 31, 2017. The readiness phase developed the skills and functional capacity of the ship unit’s personnel for marine tasks. During 2017, Uusimaa participated in several military exercises at home and abroad. During the year, the vessel did not have to be invited to leave for NRF missions. The Navy maintained the readiness to set up a ship unit and was prepared to send it to the Navy’s Crisis Management Team in…

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A look at Dutch Defense news 11 – 18 December

25 EU member states are to permanently cooperate on a structural basis with regard to defense and security. This cooperation will take place under the flag of PESCO, which stands for permanent structured cooperation. The Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs formally established the partnership in Brussels last week. House of Representatives gives the green light for extension of mission The Netherlands’ contributions to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali and the NATO mission in Afghanistan are to be extended until the end of 2018. Final F-16s delivered to Jordan…

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Crotone Returns to La Spezia After 70 days with SNMCMG2

Google Translation The participation of the Crotone ship to the Second Group of Countermeasures Mine of NATO ( Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 – SNMCMG2 ) has recently been completed. The SNMCMG2 is an integrated multinational maritime force composed of ships belonging to different allied nations, which train and work together, and which are permanently available to carry out NATO missions with specific competencies in the fight against naval mines. For about seventy days, Cacciamine Crotone has been included in the SNMCMG2, sailing from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Dardanelles…

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