Two German Ships Join SNMCMG1

(Google Translation) – On Monday, July 12th, 2021 at 10 a.m., the tender “Elbe” and the mine-hunting boat “Homburg” will leave their home port in Kiel together to join the NATO Standing Mine Countermeasures Association, SNMCMG 1 (Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1). The tender “Elbe” is used as a lead ship for the US-led staff of the international naval…

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Admiral Rob Bauer begins his tenure as Chair of the NATO Military Committee

On June 25th, Admiral Rob Bauer of the Royal Netherlands Navy took over as Chair of the NATO Military Committee. Elected in October 2020, Admiral Bauer begins his three-year tenure just one week after the Brussels Summit with Heads of State and Government. With the ambitious NATO 2030 agenda agreed, the Chair will be guiding the Military Committee to provide…

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German Navy History of BALTOPS

Author Frigate Captain Göran Swistek is visiting scholar at the Science and Politics Foundation in Berlin. From 2015 to 2017 he was responsible for the planning and implementation of BALTOPS at STRIKFORNATO. June 19, 2021 (Google Translation) – As early as 1970 gathered under US United States- American leadership of naval units of the NATO Baltic Sea countries Denmark, Norway…

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Germany Details Non-Combat NATO Mission the in the Aegean Sea

(Google Translation) – Since February 2016, NATO has been helping to improve the exchange of information between the Greek and Turkish coast guards and the EU border protection agency Frontex European Border and Coast Guard Agency in the Aegean Sea. This is necessary in order to optimize the action taken by the national authorities against smugglers and their networks. For…

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Leaders agree NATO 2030 agenda to strengthen the Alliance

June 14, 2021 – The NATO Summit in Brussels wrapped up on Monday (14 June 2021), with leaders taking important decisions to chart the Alliance’s course over the next decade and beyond. NATO leaders reaffirmed the Alliance’s dual-track approach of defense and dialogue towards Russia. They also pledged to continue to support NATO partners Ukraine and Georgia, bringing them closer…

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Germany Details BALTOPS

June 6, 2021 (Google Translation) – The 50th Baltic Operations (BALTOPS 50) exercise, the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, kicks off today, June 6. Between June 6-18, air and maritime assets from 18 NATO Allies and partner nations will participate in live training events that include air defense, anti-submarine warfare, amphibious operations, maritime interdiction, mine countermeasure operations. “This…

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NATO Secretary General Visits HMS Queen Elizabeth on NATO Exercise Steadfast Defender

May 27, 2021 – NATO ships, submarines, and aircraft are training off the coast of Portugal to practice NATO’s ability to defend sea lines of communication between North America and Europe. Among the 20 ships participating in exercise Steadfast Defender is the Royal Navy’s flagship aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth on its maiden deployment. Mr. Stoltenberg was joined by the…

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