HMS Westminster Home for Christmas

December 14, 2018 – HMS Westminster has returned home to Portsmouth in time for the festive season after spending eight weeks with multinational partners in colder climates. She departed Portsmouth on 15th October 2018 to head to Reykjavík in Iceland in preparation for Exercise Trident Juncture, the largest NATO exercise in nearly 30 years. Exercise Trident Juncture 2018 saw around 50,000 personnel from 31 Countries, including 61 ships, participating in exercises off the West Coast of Norway for a three-week period. The Commanding Officer, Commander Will Paston said, “The last…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Mission accomplished for FS Provence

Google Translation On March 15, the multi-mission frigate (FREMM) Provence crossed the passes of the port of Brest after two months of mission in the Far North. Since her departure last January, she has traveled more than 10,000 kilometers in the English Channel, North Atlantic, Baltic Sea and Norway. It has thus developed its interoperability with the navies and allied countries of the zone. This deployment was an opportunity, for example, to work on common procedures and tactics with the Danes, Germans, British, Dutch and Norwegians, to increase the knowledge…

Read More

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…

Read More