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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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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Naval Oceanography Teams Up with Poland, Norway during BALTOPS 2018

Naval Oceanography’s Fleet Survey Team (FST) and Naval Oceanography Mine Warfare Center (NOMWC) recently returned from Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS), where they executed safety of navigation and mine countermeasure operations in an effort to enhance interoperability with European allies. FST and the Hydrographic Support Squadron of the Polish navy (HSSPN) conducted the two navies’ first cooperative hydrographic survey of the amphibious landing zone of Poland’s Ustka range in support of Exercise BALTOPS, May 15-26. “This hydrographic technical exchange and validation of data collection and processing builds trust and cooperation between…

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Primauguet commemorates Narvik operations

Google Translation During her stopover in Narvik, the crew of the anti-submarine frigate (FASM) Primauguet paid tribute to the French soldiers who fought in Norway during the Second World War and especially during the operations of Narvik. The fighting, which took place between April 10 and June 8, 1940, involved a large allied fleet and an expeditionary force composed of elements from three nations (France, United Kingdom and Poland). This battle is considered the first Allied victory of the Second World War. The solemn commemoration in the French square of…

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BALTOPS 2018 Daily Update: June 2

Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2018 kicked off with participating nations attending a pre-sail conference at Hotel Amberton Klaipeda on June 1. BALTOPS is an annual joint, multinational maritime-focused exercise scheduled for June 1-15, 2018. It is designed to improve training value for participants enhance flexibility and interoperability, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces in defending the Baltic Sea region. The exercise will involve maritime, ground, and air forces so as to strengthen combined response capabilities necessary to ensure regional stability. Participating nations in BALTOPS include Belgium, Denmark, Finland,…

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Northern Fleet SAR forces take part in Barents 2018 Russia-Norway exercise

Northern Fleet search-and-rescue forces are ready for the Barents 2018 Russia-Norway exercise. The exercise involves Nikolay Chiker rescue tug, Il-38 ASW aircraft, Ka-27PS, and Ilya Muromets multifunctional icebreaker. The Barents is the only annual Russia-Norway exercise held in the Arctic region. It is held in accordance with intergovernmental agreement signed by Russia and Norway in October 4, 1995.

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USS Farragut Departs Bodo

USS Farragut (DDG 99) departed Bodo, Norway, May 11, following a scheduled port visit. Moored next to the French frigate Primauguet (D644), Farragut’s port visit included hosting a visit and tour of the ship for U.S. Ambassador to Norway, retired Navy Rear Adm. Kenneth Braithwaite. “Sailors aboard Farragut were proud to represent the ship and to have a chance to converse with U.S. Ambassador to Norway Kenneth Braithwaite as he toured the ship,” said Farragut Command Master Chief Paulette Brock. “Displaying the capabilities of our ship and technical expertise of…

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US ASW Exercise Begins in Norwegian Sea

Naval forces from Europe and North America gathered in Bodo, Norway, May 9, 2018, to participate in the pre-sail conference for an upcoming multi-lateral anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise in the Norwegian Sea. The exercise, led by the U.S., is designed to enhance interoperability and tactical proficiencies of ASW forces from Canada, France, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States. “This exercise is a key opportunity for U.S. and allied partners to practice ASW skills in a tactically challenging environment,” said Capt. Roger E. Meyer, commander, Task Force 69, the…

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UK and Norway defence ministers plan sub hunting cooperation

The UK and Norway advanced their plans for international Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) co-operation in the North Atlantic, as the nations’ defence ministers flew in an American P-8A Poseidon from RAF Lossiemouth today. Defence Minister Guto Bebb hosted Secretary Tone Skogen, State Secretary in Norway’s Ministry of Defence, on her visit aboard a US Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft – equipment which both the UK and Norway will soon own themselves. The allies ramped up discussions around how the nations will work together and might deploy their submarine-hunting aircraft fleet in…

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US Navy Contract Announcements May 2, 2018

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Military Aircraft Systems, Melbourne, Florida, is being awarded an $11,376,695 firm-fixed-price delivery order (N0001918F2334) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-15-G-0026). This order provides for the procurement of four aerial refueling retrofit kits and related support equipment in support of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. Work will be performed St. Augustine, Florida (34.7 percent); Ronkonkoma, New York (28.86 percent); Melbourne, Florida (5.50 percent); Dorset, England (3.11 percent); Irvine, California (2.99 percent); Columbia, Maryland (1.93 percent); North Hollywood, California (1.48 percent); East Aurora, New York (1.19…

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FS Provence in Exercise Dynamic Guard

Google Translation On 12 February, the “Provence” multi-mission frigate (FREMM) and 13 other NATO frigates sailed from Bergen to intercept a submarine cruising in the North Sea, seeking to infiltrate the Norwegian fjords. It is the objective of exercise TG18.1 which allows to train, as every year, the future commanders of submarines Norwegian, Dutch or British. TG 18.1 is a large exercise involving nearly 5,000 Norwegian, French, Spanish, Polish, German, Canadian, Australian and Danish sailors. Its “electronic warfare” component (fight field dedicated to the interception, jamming and emission of radar…

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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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La Motte-Picquet in the Far North

Google Translation Having set sail from Brest on 24 October to sail to the Far North, FS La Motte-Picquet crossed the Arctic Circle in early November. The regular presence of a frigate of the Navy in these high latitudes is part of the strategic function “knowledge and anticipation” and more generally within the framework of the national policy for the Arctic Ocean, particularly dynamic in this area a strong strategic interest. In line with previous deployments, La Motte-Picquet’s mission also contributes to deepening our ties with our northern neighbors. It…

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Leonardo starts delivery of 16 AW101 Norwegian all-weather SAR helicopters

Leonardo is pleased to announce that the first of 16 AW101 all-weather search and rescue helicopters has been delivered to the Norwegian Ministry of Justice & Public Security. The aircraft departed Leonardo’s Yeovil facility on November 17th for Sola Air Base in southern Norway where the aircraft will enter a period of Operational Test & Evaluation (OT&E) before entering service with the Royal Norwegian Air Force in 2018. Aircraft deliveries will continue through to 2020 with SAR operations being established with the aircraft deployed across each of the six main…

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VARD Invited to Negotiate for Three Coast Guard Vessels for Norway

Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”), one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of specialized vessels, is pleased to announce that it has been invited to continue negotiations for the construction of three vessels for the Norwegian Coast Guard. The Norwegian Government had originally announced plans for the construction of three new Coast Guard vessels in September 2016. Following review of offers from three competing yards, Vard Langsten has now been selected to continue negotiations. If the negotiations are successful, according to the Government’s timetable, the project shall be tabled for…

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