Long-planned NATO exercises across Europe get underway

Troops from NATO Allies and partners are taking part in a series of long-planned military exercises stretching from the High North to the Balkans to enhance the readiness and interoperability of NATO forces. Two of the biggest drills, with around 18,000 troops from twenty countries, are “Defender Europe” and “Swift Response”. Currently taking place in Poland and eight other countries,…

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China Against NATO Expansion to Finland & Sweden

The president and prime minister of Finland announced on Thursday that Finland, a long-time neutral country even throughout the Cold War, must apply to join the NATO “without delay,” and its neighbor Sweden, known for over two centuries of military neutrality when Europe faced turbulence, is expected to decide soon on whether to submit an application to join the alliance.…

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NATO Maritime Groups Train with Finland and Sweden

Ships from Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) and Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) are currently in the Baltic Sea to exercise and conduct port visits in Finland and Sweden. From 25 to 27 April, SNMCMG1 stopped in Turku, Finland, and practiced mine countermeasures with their Finnish counterparts. Led by Estonian Navy Commander Ott Laanemets, SNMCMG1 comprises flagship…

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NATO Ships to Visit Finland, Exercise with Finnish Navy

Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) is scheduled to stop in Turku, Finland, for a port visit on April 25. The visit provides the crew an opportunity to collaborate with the Finnish Navy, re-supply and experience the culture and hospitality of NATO’s partner nation, Finland. Led by Estonian Navy Commander Ott Laanemets, SNMCMG1 comprises flagship Latvian Navy LNVS Virsaitis…

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HMS Northumberland Home From Deployment to Mediterranean & Arctic

HMS Northumberland has completed four months at the sharp end of naval operations from the Mediterranean to the freezing temperatures of the Arctic Circle. The Type 23 frigate sailed more than 20,000 miles, escorting supply ships across the Baltic with the Joint Expeditionary Force, protecting the integrity of UK waters as the Royal Navy’s very high readiness warship and working…

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NATO Nominates General Christopher G Cavoli as SACEUR

The North Atlantic Council has approved the nomination of General Christopher G. Cavoli, United States Army, to the post of Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR). General Cavoli is currently serving as Commander, United States Army Europe and Africa. Upon completion of national confirmation processes, he will take up his appointment as the successor to General Tod D. Wolters, United States…

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Northern Viking: Naval Maneuvers in the North Atlantic

Temperatures around freezing point, restricted visibility, stormy seas – the frigate “Sachsen” rides through the meter-high waves of the North Atlantic. An enemy submarine threatens Iceland’s supplies. NATO ships are supposed to keep the sea routes free. “In all places!” resounds from the ship’s loudspeaker system of the “Saxons”. “The German maritime patrol aircraft P-3C Orion reported a submarine in…

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Royal Navy Ships Head Home After Arctic Operations

Royal Navy ships have started to return to their home ports after spending weeks in the frozen fjords of Norway. HMS Albion was welcomed back to Plymouth, followed by HMS Richmond. The pair have been working alongside other UK ships and units on NATO exercise Cold Response which saw 30,000 personnel from 26 nations train together in Arctic warfare. Type…

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War in Ukraine and Top NATO Priorities: Climate & Diversity

On the 12th April 2022, the International Military Staff (IMS) Gender Advisor, Lieutenant Colonel Katherine Prudhoe and staff hosted their second Deep Dive Session focusing on the triple nexus of Climate Change, Gender Perspective and Security. This session highlighted the ecological risks for security and military planning as well as the importance of integrating a gender perspective. Subject matter expertise…

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