German Defense Budget Promises 10,000 Computers; Vague on Other Areas

November 7, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Budget Committee of the German Bundestag yesterday approved the Defense Budget 2020. Once again, the German Armed Forces can expect more money and thus advance important projects next year. According to the decision of the Committee on Budgets, the defense budget is set to increase by 4.2 per cent compared with this year’s…

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Colombian Navy Host EU Official

May 30, 2019 (Google Translation) – Ms. Helga Schmid, General Secretary of the European External Action Service, accompanied by Mrs. Patricia Llombart, Ambassador of the European Union in Colombia, visited the installations of the Colombian Navy in the city of Cartagena. The purpose of this visit was to know and strengthen the bonds of common cooperation on issues such as…

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Transfer of the General Staff from Atalanta to Rota

March 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – The transfer of the OHQ from the European anti-piracy operation Atalante, from Northwood to Rota, took place on 29 March in Rota in the presence of the commanders of the operation leaving and taking, the General (RM UK) Charlie Stickland and Vice Admiral (ESP) Antonio Martorelli Lacave. Admiral Prazuck, Chief of Staff of the…

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Copernicus Maritime Surveillance

These six info sheets introduce the different function areas covered by the Copernicus Maritime Surveillance service, and highlight one use case per area. They illustrate how the CMS service can be used in practice and provide concrete examples of situations in which satellite data has added value to maritime operations.  Copernicus Info sheet – Fisheries Control.pdf  Copernicus Info sheet –…

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New EU regime for safer and greener ship recycling enters into force

January 8, 2019 – From 31 December 2018, the recycling of all large sea-going vessels sailing under an EU flag can only take place in yards included in the European List of ship recycling facilities. This is the result of the EU Ship Recycling Regulation – the only legally binding and comprehensive instrument on ship recycling in force in the…

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OCEAN2020 Project is Well Underway

December 5, 2018 – Since early Spring 2018, Terma has participated in the first EU-funded defense research project under the framework of the Preparatory Action on Defense Research. The objective of OCEAN2020 is to significantly improve maritime situational awareness for naval operations through the integration of unmanned systems with ISTAR payload capabilities. The project was kicked off in April this…

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WFP Vessel Arrives in Somalia

United Nations World Food Program (WFP) ship MV Esbjerg safely arrived in Mogadishu on 11th February 2018 under the protection of EU Naval Force’s Lithuanian Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachment (AVPD). The Lithuanian troops were welcomed to Mogadishu by the Somali based EU NAVFOR Liaison Officer, Commander Steve Elliot RN. Commander Elliot spoke to the Master of the vessel and thanked…

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Terma part of prestigious first EU-funded defense security project

Aerospace, defense, and security company Terma will take part in the EU-funded project, OCEAN2020. The project will boost technological research in the maritime domain. Terma will contribute to the consortium within areas of interoperability requirements analysis, system design, decision support analysis, and operator task analysis. “Terma’s participation in the Leonardo led consortium is of high importance as it allows us…

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UK and France commit to new defence cooperation

The Defence Secretary has joined the Prime Minister, Chancellor, Foreign Secretary and other members of the Cabinet at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for the 2018 UK-France Summit. The two countries are the only European powers with the ability and political will to deploy and sustain significant military force. A number of initiatives have been announced at the Summit to…

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A look at Dutch Defense news 11 – 18 December

25 EU member states are to permanently cooperate on a structural basis with regard to defense and security. This cooperation will take place under the flag of PESCO, which stands for permanent structured cooperation. The Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs formally established the partnership in Brussels last week. House of Representatives gives the green light for extension of mission…

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Africa maritime cooperation center launched

Africa has launched its maritime technology cooperation center as part of an ambitious IMO-EU project to establish a global network of centers to further global efforts in addressing climate change. The centers will act as regional focal points for a wide range of activities including improving compliance with existing and future international energy-efficiency regulations; promoting uptake of low-carbon technologies and…

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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,…

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European Union Defense Cooperation Formally

Google Translation 23 EU member states permanently cooperate on a structural basis in defense and security. This is done under the flag of PESCO (permanent structured cooperation). The Council of Foreign Ministers formally established the partnership today in Brussels. Collaboration is now the norm and no longer the exception. From the start of 2018, the Member States will give concrete…

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