At the invitation of the Turkish authorities, the North Atlantic Council (NAC), chaired by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, will visit Turkey on 6 and 7 May 2019. The visit takes place in the context of the 25th anniversary of the Mediterranean Dialogue (MD) with the participation of representatives from NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue partners.
NATO conducts Crisis Management Exercise (CMX).
NATO Secretary General praises the Supreme Allied Commander Europe's long-standing contribution to Euro-Atlantic defence and security
“For seven decades, NATO has defended the way of life, and the values that underpin it: freedom, democracy, and the rule of law. This makes the job of SACEUR one of the most challenging – and most important – military positions in the world,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said today (3 May 2019), during the change of command ceremony for NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), in Mons (Belgium).
On Friday, 3 May 2019, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will attend the change of command ceremony for NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), in Mons, Belgium.
NATO was honoured by the Atlantic Council on Tuesday (30 April 2019) with a Distinguished Leadership Award, acknowledging the Alliance’s role in “assuring peace, stability, and security in Europe and North America for the last seventy years”. Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller accepted the award on behalf of NATO at a ceremony in Washington D.C.
Four Italian Eurofighters are scheduled to deploy to Romania in early May, as part of NATO’s enhanced air policing mission. The jets will operate alongside the MiG-21s of their Romanian hosts. The air patrols will form an important part of the Alliance’s role to maintain security in the Black Sea region.
The NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ms. Rose Gottemoeller, will travel to the United States of America the week of Monday, 29 April. In addition to her official meetings, the Deputy Secretary General will participate in a number of events.
“There can be no protection without participation, because, at its root sexual violence is a gendered issue,” Ms Clare Hutchinson, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security said on Tuesday (23 April 2019), during her address to the United Nations Security Council‘s open debate on sexual violence in conflict.
25 years of NATO - Azerbaijan partnership: Director General of NATO’s International Military Staff visits Azerbaijan
Lt Gen Jan Broeks, Director General of NATO’s International Military Staff visited Azerbaijan from 16-19 April 2019. During his visit, the Director General met with the Minister of Defence, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov, the Chief of the International Military Cooperation Department, Major General Huseyn Mahmudov and the Commanders of the War College of the Azerbaijan Armed Forces and the Military Academy. While visiting the War College and the Military Academy, Lt Gen Broeks used the opportunity to address students and faculty members.
Hungary will lead NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission from May 2019, with JAS-39 Gripen fighter aircraft based at Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania. Spain will augment the mission with F-18s at Šiauliai, while the United Kingdom will deploy Eurofighter aircraft to Ämari Air Base in Estonia. This will be the 50th Baltic Air Policing deployment since 2004. NATO member countries have taken turns safeguarding Baltic airspace since Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania joined the Alliance in 2004.
NATO’s multinational battlegroup in Lithuania began exercise Eager Leopard in Pabrade on Wednesday (17 April 2019). The exercise mobilises around 650 troops, including Czech, Dutch, German and Norwegian forces. It provides an opportunity for the battlegroup to enhance its readiness, testing its ability to deploy troops and equipment.
Quantum technology will soon change our security landscape. While this technology could represent a ground-breaking solution to complex problems in a number of fields, its potential can also be disruptive. NATO’s Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme is supporting two projects to secure our digital communications for the post-quantum era.
Between 7 and 11 April 2019, subject matter experts from NATO’s Defence Education Enhancement Programme (DEEP) at NATO Headquarters and from Professional Military Education institutions of Allied countries conducted a week-long visit of Iraq’s Defence University for Military Studies in Baghdad. The visit was in support of NATO Mission Iraq’s commitment to help the further development of Iraqi professional military education institutions, as part of its broader efforts on the reform of national security structures.
NATO Deputy Secretary General takes stock of 70 years of Euro-Atlantic Security at the NATO Defense College
Today (12 April 2019), the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ms. Rose Gottemoeller illustrated NATO’s achievements and priorities for the future, at an international conference entitled “NATO at 70: no time to retire,” organized by the NATO Defense College in Rome (Italy).
Sea Shield 2019, an annual Romanian-led naval exercise, wrapped up in the Black Sea on Friday (12 April 2019). The exercise, which began on 5 April, involved more than 20 ships and crews from Romania, Bulgaria, Canada, Greece, the Netherlands and Turkey, as well as Maritime Patrol Aircraft from the United States and Turkey. Five ships from Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) participated in the exercise.
Exercise “Frisian Flag” – one of Europe’s largest annual air force training exercises – ended on Friday (12 April 2019). Over the course of the past two weeks, air forces from across the alliance trained for a variety of combat missions, including simulated air strikes and aerial refuelling. The aim of the exercise was to provide pilots and ground crews a chance to learn from each other and ensure they are ready to conduct a broad range of missions. Fifty aircraft from Germany, France, the Netherlands, Poland, the United Kingdom and the United States as well as Switzerland were involved in the event.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg participated in a Commander’s Conference at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) on Friday (12 April 2019). The conference, hosted by Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, provided an opportunity for commanders across Allied Command Operations to discuss priorities, and the adaptation and readiness of the Alliance.
On Tuesday (9 April 2019), two Italian Eurofighter aircraft were scrambled to intercept a civilian airliner that lost contact with civilian air traffic control. The Eurofighter aircraft, who are on alert to protect NATO airspace over Italy, Albania and Montenegro, successfully intercepted the airliner over Montenegro. The airliner was subsequently able to resume contact with civilian controllers. This was NATO’s first air policing mission over Montenegro.
On Friday, 12 April 2019, the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ms. Rose Gottemoeller, will travel to Rome to participate in the anniversary conference organised by the NATO Defense College, entitled “NATO at 70: No time to retire” where she will deliver a keynote speech.
26 NATO Allies and 13 partners are currently participating in exercise Vigorous Warrior 2019, NATO’s largest medical exercise in its history. Held in Romania, the exercise brings together more than 2,500 participants and offers a unique opportunity to test medical responses to military incidents, from small arms fire to radiation exposure.
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