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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Infanta Elena Home From Africa Deployment

Google Translation The Patrolman of Height “Infanta Elena”, has docked today in the quay of the Curra of the Arsenal of Cartagena. During the last four months, it has contributed to improve Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea and West Africa, monitoring maritime traffic, making a naval presence and supporting Spanish flagship and vessels in areas currently affected by piracy, immigration and fishing illegal. The manning of the ship was received by the Admiral of the Maritime Action Force, Vice Admiral Manuel de la Puente Mora-Figueroa, in addition to…

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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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Spanish Frigate Numanica to Replace Sister Santa Maria on Illegal Immigrant Patrol

Google translation The frigate “Numancia” has set sail this morning for the Italian port of Catania to relieve the frigate “Santa María” deployed in the operation “SOPHIA” since December last year. The “Numancia” will be integrated into the mission until October 20, a month that will be relieved by another Spanish vessel. The crew of the frigate consists of 215 men and women under the command of the frigate’s captain Isidro Carrara Navas. The farewell ceremony was presided over by Rear Admiral Ricardo A. Hernández López, Commander of the Naval…

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Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and Navantia Form Joint Venture ‎

Under the high patronage of HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defense, and in the presence of Mariano Rajoy Spanish Prime Minister, Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and Navantia S.A. today signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to create a joint venture (JV) April 12th in Madrid. The JV will manage and localize any naval combat systems activity including integration and installation. Both parties also inked a Letter of Intent (LoI) to design and build 5 Avante…

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USS Porter Hosts Friends and Family Cruise

USS Porter (DDG 78) hosted more than 100 guests for a friends and family day cruise that included tours of the ship, gun demonstrations, and a steel beach picnic, March 26. The friends and family day cruise is a naval tradition that typically precedes or follows a ship’s deployment. It offers the crew a chance to involve its family members and special guests in the day-to-day operations of life as a Sailor, while also allowing them to spend quality time together. The guest list was comprised of Sailors’ families, friends…

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Fight against submarines, maintain a high level of expertise!

Google Translation At a time when many nations are acquiring, developing or reactivating an underwater force, NATO navies continue to cooperate in the fight against submarines (ASM). Ten nations (Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States) have focused a significant amount of resources off the coast of Sicily where Exercise Dynamic Manta 2018 is taking place . A dozen boats, as many helicopters and maritime patrol aircraft, six submarines and 5,000 sailors compete in one of the largest meetings in the field of anti-submarine…

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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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Massive Cocaine Bust on High Seas for Spain

Google Translation Approached on the high seas a boat carrying 3,800 kilos of cocaine to Spain The narcotic was hidden in a watertight compartment inside the ship’s structure The agents intercepted the ship, from Colombia, in Atlantic waters, about 540 miles from the Canary Islands, arresting the seven drug traffickers who were crewmembers Approached on the high seas a boat carrying 3,800 kilos of cocaine to Spain Agents of the Civil Guard and the National Police, along with officials of Customs Surveillance of the Tax Agency, have carried out an…

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Nemo finds sunken subs in massive NATO rescue exercise

Submariners’ ‘emergency service’ received the ultimate work-out in the eastern Mediterranean as NATO navies came together to practice saving crew from stricken boats. Experts from nine allied nations committed submarines, submersibles, rescue vessels, specialist medics, helicopters and divers – the full panoply of services available to trapped crews – for a two-week test of Marmaris in Turkey. Every three years NATO gives its various methods of rescue and escape a full run-out – Exercise Dynamic Monarch – this year played out near Aksaz Naval Base on Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coast.…

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5 + 5 Group of Navies Terrorism Drills

Google Translation The 5 + 5 group comprises the Mauritanian, Moroccan, Algerian, Libyan and Tunisian Maghreb countries, and the Mediterranean basin countries, including Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Malta. In the annual exercise of 5 + 5, there are marine and air assets from Algeria, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Morocco and several international observers. the Navy and the Air Force of those countries. Portugal will participate with the Portuguese Republic Vessel (NRP) Viana do Castelo. The exercise covers scenarios of maritime terrorism and irregular migration flows from climate change. Provision…

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Infanta Cristina deploys on the west coast of Africa

Google Translation The senior patrolman “Infanta Cristina” sailed on 16 August from its base in Cartagena to take part until December 16, 2017, in various cooperation activities with countries on the west coast of the African continent, which the Ministry of Defense And the Navy are developing in the framework of the Defense Diplomacy Plan. During these four months of deployment, the Infanta Cristina Navy will carry out cooperation activities with the countries bordering the Gulf of Guinea for the development of its naval capabilities, with the aim of promoting…

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USS Porter Completes Patrol; Returns to Rota

April 11, 2017 – USS Porter (DDG 78) returned to Naval Station Rota following the completion of its third forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) patrol, April 11, 2017. Porter departed Rota Nov. 30, 2016, to conduct naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. During the patrol, Porter participated in Romanian-led multinational exercise Sea Shield 2017 and Allied Maritime Command-led multilateral exercise Dynamic Manta 2017, interacting with multiple allied and partner nation navies. In addition, Porter, along with USS Ross…

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