Sixth Fleet Announces Sea Breeze 2019 Participation

July 25, 2019 – U.S. 6th Fleet is going to participate in the upcoming Sea Breeze 2019 (SB19), an exercise which brings together 19 nations, 32 ships, 24 aircraft and more than 3,000 troops. The 19th iteration of Sea Breeze, an annual, multinational maritime exercise with land, air, and sea components, is scheduled to be July 1-12. The exercise seeks to build combined capability and capacity to ensure maritime regional security and foster stronger friendships among partnering nations. SB19 will be co-hosted by the United States and Ukraine to enhance…

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NATO Navies Test Readiness in Baltic Sea

June 8, 2019 – Around 8,600 U.S. and European troops from 18 nations are taking part in the annual BALTOPS naval exercise that starts on Sunday (9 June) in Germany’s Baltic Sea port of Kiel. The 47th BALTOPS exercise involves maritime, air and ground forces with about 50 ships and submarines and 40 aircraft and will run through 21 June. The training includes finding and destroying sea mines and submarines, the use of air defence and landing troops onshore as well as defence against attack from enemy navy vessels. “The…

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UK-led high-readiness force to deploy to the Baltic Sea

April 3, 2019 – Nearly 2,000 UK Armed Forces personnel will deploy to the Baltic Sea for a series of multinational exercises in support of European security. Sailors and marines from all nations of the UK-led high-readiness Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) will take part in the deployment, due to take place in May, which will underline the importance of protecting Europe at a time of increased threat. This week, Defence Ministers and representatives from JEF countries will come together at the Ministry of Defence to discuss the deployment and test…

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Forces From 14 Countries in UK for Major Navy Exercise

March 15, 2019 – Hundreds of Royal Navy personnel will join forces with warships, submarines and aircraft from 13 other countries for a two-week exercise. Naval ships, Royal Marines and helicopters from the Fleet Air Arm will be in and around Scotland for Exercise Joint Warrior. It will see the navy work alongside the Army and Royal Air Force as well as tri-service counterparts from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and the US. In total, there will be 6,500 personnel at sea,…

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847 NAS Joined by Apaches in Norway

February 21, 2019 – Aircrew and engineers from 847 Naval Air Squadron have found a new friend in the deep freeze of the Arctic Circle after training with Apache attack helicopters. The Wildcat helicopter squadron based at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton have been in Norway since January as part of the annual Exercise Clockwork. It is the first time the Apaches, of 4 Regiment Army Air Corps’ 656 Squadron, have worked in the region and their six weeks at Bardufoss air station gave 847 NAS the chance to test…

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Defence Secretary Announces First P-8A Deployment

February 18, 2019 – Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced that the UK’s new fleet of submarine hunting aircraft will take to the skies over the Arctic next year. While visiting Royal Marines and Royal Navy personnel on winter training in Norway, the Defence Secretary announced that as part of their first deployment next year the RAF P8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft will be in the Arctic to counter Russian submarine activity that has reached Cold War levels. This deployment is part of the Defence Arctic Strategy, which will be published…

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Saab to Deliver Communication System to Norwegian Coast Guard Vessels

January 15, 2019 – Saab has signed a contract with Vard Group AS to take on the communication integrator role for the Norwegian Coast Guard project P6615. Saab will provide the Norwegian Coast Guard’s three newly ordered vessels with Saab’s complete Integrated Communication System, TactiCall, consisting of both internal and external communication. “The third generation of TactiCall is able to meet the customer’s tough requirements. It combines and matches both human and tactical conditions and is easy to operate,” says Ellen Molin, Senior Vice President and head of Saab’s business…

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USS Iwo Jima Heading Home for Christmas

November 28, 2018 – USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), flagship of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), and embarked Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), departed the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, Nov. 25, 2018. While in U.S. 6th Fleet, Iwo Jima participated in Trident Juncture 18, a NATO-led exercise designed to certify NATO response forces and develop interoperability among participating NATO ally and partner nations. The exercise ensured that NATO forces are trained and able to operate together and are ready to respond to any…

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Iwo Jima Arrives in Oslo

November 13, 2018 – More than 2,500 Sailors and Marines aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) arrived in Oslo, Norway Nov. 13, 2018 for a scheduled port visit. The ship arrived in Norway’s capital to enhance U.S.-Norway relations as the two nations continue to strengthen regional security and stability. While in port, the 2,500 sailors and Marines onboard will participate in several community relation projects and have the opportunity to experience the city’s culture, food and historical sites.  The ship will also host a reception…

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USS New York Completes Trident Juncture

November 13, 2018 – USS New York (LPD 21) completed exercise Trident Juncture 18, Nov. 7. Trident Juncture 18 was a large-scale NATO exercise that took place in Norway and the surrounding areas of the North Atlantic and Baltic Sea. New York, along with 31 allies and partner nations completed the exercise. More than 14,000 of the 40,000 participants were U.S. service members from each branch of service. Around 150 aircraft, 70 ships, and more than 10,000 vehicles were used during the exercise which served to enhance professional relationships and…

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USS Bulkeley Returns to Norfolk Following Deployment

November 13, 2018 – USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) returned to Naval Station Norfolk following a seven-month deployment to the Navy’s U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility, Nov. 11. The ship operated as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) and also conducted independent operations in support of 6th Fleet combatant commander requirements. “I could not be prouder of these naval warriors as they completely bought-in to the mantra of ’Engaging, Fighting, and Winning‘ and established a new standard of excellence,” said Cmdr. John Lucas IV, the ship’s…

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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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Royal Navy Minehunters at Trident Juncture 2018

November 2, 2018 – Royal Navy minehunters have entered the Norwegian Fjords to bring their expertise to the sizable NATO exercise in the region. HMS Cattistock, HMS Hurworth, HMS Grimsby and HMS Ramsey recently navigated across the North Sea and have now arrived in the town of Molde, Norway, to throw their weight behind Exercise Trident Juncture. multinational operation – the largest NATO exercise in 30 years – is heating up in the waters of the icy north and now the four British warships have begun mine clearance missions. “This…

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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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Thirteen Allies to cooperate on the introduction of Maritime Unmanned Systems

October 3, 2018 – At our Summit in Brussels in July, NATO leaders endorsed the implementation of NATO’s reinforced maritime posture. In support of this, on Wednesday (3 October 2018), Defence Ministers from thirteen NATO Allies signed a declaration of intent to cooperate on the introduction of Maritime Unmanned Systems. This initiative will enable Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States to pool their resources, their talent and ingenuity to create better, more flexible and more interoperable unmanned, maritime…

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