PLAN Xi’an Arrives in Lisbon

The guided-missile destroyer Xi’an (Hull 153) attached to the 32nd escort taskforce of the Chinese PLA Navy arrived at the Port of Lisbon, Portugal, on the morning of August 6, local time, for a three-day technical renewal. Chinese Ambassador to Portugal Cai Run hosted a welcome ceremony for the arrival of the ship at the wharf, together with Embassy diplomats and nearly 200 representatives from China-funded enterprises and overseas Chinese. Zhao Weidong, commanding officer of the taskforce said that China and Portugal have shared a long history of friendship and…

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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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Truman Departs Lisbon

November 14, 2018 – USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) is back at sea, Nov. 14, following a scheduled port visit to Lisbon, Portugal. While in Lisbon, Harry S. Truman Sailors were able to experience the history and culture of one of the oldest ports in the world. Harry S. Truman’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) offered Sailors several tours including a trip to Sintra – a resort town in the foothills of Portugal’s beautiful Sintra Mountains – and the historical city of Tomar, or Thomar, famously known for the…

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USS Harry S Truman Arrives in Lisbon

November 13, 2018 – After more than a month operating in the North Atlantic, including participating in NATO Exercise Trident Juncture 2018, the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) anchored off the coast of Lisbon, Portugal, Nov. 10 for a scheduled port visit. Welcomed by one of the U.S.’s oldest partners and NATO ally, Harry S. Truman will participate in several community outreach events and host a formal reception in the ship’s hangar bay to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. “We are honored to visit…

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Exercise Grand African NEMO

November 9, 2018 (Google Translation) – The wishes expressed during the 3rd symposium on maritime safety in the Gulf of Guinea applied concretely at sea. The Navy is currently participating alongside 15 African navies in the 1st edition of the ” Grand African NEMO ” exercise . This annual exercise strengthens the momentum for a truly maritime community in the Gulf of Guinea that can fight to maintain security in this area of ​​the globe. It complements the “African NEMO” exercises, conducted 5 to 6 times a year, in a…

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Portugal in Exercise Trident Juncture 2018

October 30, 2018 – From 25 October to 7 November 2018, NATO Allies are testing their ability to defend populations and territories, deter potential adversaries and work together with partners in the biggest exercise in recent years. It is happening in the air, on land, at sea and in cyberspace with around 50.000 participants, 250 aircrafts, 65 ships and up to 10.000 vehicles. The exercise is taking place in Norway and in the surrounding areas of the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea. NATO’s Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, referred that…

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USS Farragut Conducts Lisbon Port Visit

October 29, 2018 – USS Farragut (DDG 99) arrived in Lisbon, Portugal, Oct. 28, for a scheduled port visit. The visit offers the two NATO-founding countries an opportunity to strengthen relations as they work alongside one another to promote stability and security throughout the region. Aiming to make an impact on the community of Lisbon, 12 Farragut Sailors will be participating in a community relations (COMREL) event by organizing and assisting in the setup of a clothing drive. “Visiting foreign ports is always something I look forward to after spending…

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HMBS BAHAMAS Makes Port of Call in Funchal Madeira, Portugal

October 11, 2018 – Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship (HMBS) BAHAMAS made a brief port of call on Wednesday October 10 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal before continuing on her way to Coral Harbour Base. While at the port, Commander Gregory Brown, Commanding Officer HMBS BAHAMAS made a courtesy call on the Portuguese naval officials. Funchal, Madeira Islands is an Overseas Territory of Portugal, which lies over 600 miles north of Western Sahara, Africa. The vessel also refueled before departing the country. HMBS BAHAMAS, a Bahama Class vessel, departed Maaskant Shipyard, Netherlands…

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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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Seven NATO Allies plan to acquire maritime munitions together

Seven NATO Allies are signing a Letter of Intent on Multinational Cooperation for the Provision of Maritime Battle Decisive Munitions (MBDM) in Brussels during the NATO Summit (11 and 12 July 2018). Under this agreement, Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, and Spain plan to combine munitions purchases in order to achieve economies of scale – and thus lower prices. The potential establishment of common warehousing solutions could lower costs even further. The plan covers a broad range of munition types, including surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes, and gun shells.…

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Royal Navy hands over command of NATO Task Group in Portugal

Commodore Mike Utley OBE formally handed over command of the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) to his Dutch counterpart Commodore Boudewijn GFM Boots, in the port of Lisbon on Saturday 30 June. This marked the end of a year long UK commitment leading SNMG2. Rear Admiral James Morley assumed command of SNMG2 during a ceremony in Souda Bay, Crete 12 months previously before handing over to Commodore Mike Utley on the 4 January 2018. HNLMS De Ruyter assumed the SNMG2 flagship role from HMS Duncan during the same ceremony,…

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Latest EU Attempt to Duplicate NATO

On 11 December 2017, the Council adopted a decision establishing Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), less than a month after receiving a joint notification by member states of their intention to participate. The 25 member states participating in PESCO are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden. On 13 November 2017, ministers from 23 member states signed a joint notification on the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and handed it over…

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NRP Dom Carlos I Completes Route Survey Between Portugal and Cape Verde

Google Translation The Portuguese Navy hydrographic vessel, NRP Dom Carlos I, with a technical team from the Hydrographic Institute on board, concluded the scientific work that is part of the technical-military cooperation actions between Portugal and Cape Verde, within the scope of the Open Mar initiative 17, under the aegis of the Directorate General for National Defense Policy (DGPDN). [smartslider3 slider=48] The purpose of this work was to obtain data on the port funds of Porto Novo (Santo Antão) and Porto Grande (Mindelo), Mindelo channel and Banco Noroeste, which will…

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Portugal Opens New Meteorological and Oceanographic Center

Google Translation This center, operated by 14 people in four thematic areas (Oceanography, Meteorology, Geospatial Information and War of Mines), will produce fundamental meteorological forecast information to support the modern operations of the Navy and the National Maritime Authority. Among the products are the most generic ones related to the prediction of the state of the sea, in different scales, places and depths, to the impact diagrams in the ongoing mission, depending on the means employed. The citizen who uses the sea will also benefit from this center as some…

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USS Oscar Austin Arrives in Ponta Delgada, Portugal

USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) arrived in Ponta Delgada, Portugal, for a scheduled port visit Nov. 7, 2017. Oscar Austin is conducting a routine deployment supporting U.S. national security interests in Europe and increasing theater security cooperation and forward naval presence in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. Quote: “Our arrival in Ponta Delgada following our exercise with the Portuguese navy and air force serves to further the bond between two committed NATO allies,” said Cdr Samantha R. Dutily, commanding officer of Oscar Austin Oscar Austin recently visited Oslo,…

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