NATO Begins Vigilance Activity NEPTUNE SHIELD 22

NATO is conducting vigilance activity NEPTUNE SHIELD 2022 (NESH22), which integrates high-end maritime expeditionary strike capabilities of Sea, Air and Land assets. The activities will take place in the Baltic, Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas, from 17-31 May. In support of Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum and Allied Joint Force Command Naples, NESH 22 is the execution phase of a long…

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NATO Begins ASW Exercise Dynamic Manta

NATO’s annual anti-submarine warfare exercise, Dynamic Manta, kicked off on Monday (21 February 2022) off the coast of Sicily. Ships, submarines, as well as aircraft and personnel from nine Allied nations converged in the central Mediterranean Sea for anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare training. Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States are participating in…

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50th BALTOPS Kicks Off in June

May 24, 2021 – The 50th Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise, the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, takes place in the Baltic Sea from June 6-18. This milestone exercise demonstrates a steadfast commitment to NATO and continues to change to meet evolving regional security requirements. Air and maritime assets from NATO allies and partner nations are involved in the…

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BAE Systems to Improve US Navy Mk 41 VLS

May 18, 2021 – BAE Systems, Inc. has won a U.S. Navy competition to serve as the design agent for the mechanical portion of the Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS). The contract calls for BAE Systems to provide design, development, test, product improvement, and sustaining support for current and legacy VLS systems. BAE Systems will also continue to design…

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Turkey Takes Command of SNMCMG2

February 19, 2021 – On 20 February 2021, Turkey took over the command of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group Two (SNMCMG2). The virtual Change of Command was held on 19 February, led by Vice Admiral Keith Blount, Commander of Maritime Command, and the ceremony took place in Istanbul, Turkey with the participation of core personnel of the flagship TCG Sokullu…

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FS Latouche-Tréville Boards Turkish Transport Supplying Libya

October 27, 2020 (Google Translation) – On October 20, 2020, as part of its engagement in direct support of Operation IRINI, the anti-submarine frigate Latouche-Tréville visited a cargo ship providing a link between Turkey and Libya. With favorable weather conditions, the ship’s marshal was able to carry out all the administrative checks concerning the crew, registration certificates or even the…

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Book Review: The Greek Genocide in American Naval War Diaries

The Greek Genocide In American Naval War Diaries Naval Commanders Report and Protest Death Marches and Massacres in Turkey’s Pontus Region. 1921-1922 Edited by Robert Shenk and Sam Koktzoglou February 2020 404 pages Paperback 9781608011803 This book is a collection of American naval war diaries recently found in the National Archives about what was happening on the northern coast of…

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MARAD Issues Warning for Eastern Mediterranean

Issues August 21, 2020 Description 1. Issues: Recent disputes among countries over maritime boundaries and offshore resources have increased regional tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Also, NATO’s Operation Sea Guardian has resumed focused NATO patrols in the Eastern Mediterranean with naval forces of multiple nations operating near each other. These developments could pose an indirect risk to commercial vessels…

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