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NATO Secretary General attends SACT change of command ceremony

2 weeks 3 days ago
The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will visit Norfolk, Virginia in the United States, on Thursday 13 September, to attend the ceremony marking the change of command at the Supreme Allied Command Transformation (SACT). The Secretary General will be accompanied by the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, the NATO Ambassadors and the Military Committee.

Secretary General visits Skopje to discuss progress in NATO accession talks

2 weeks 3 days ago
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg wrapped up a two-day visit to Skopje on Thursday (6 September 2018), which focused on the country’s path toward NATO membership. At the Brussels Summit in July, Allied leaders decided to invite the government in Skopje to begin accession talks with the Alliance, which have now begun.

Allies reaffirm support for Georgia in NATO-Georgia Commission

2 weeks 4 days ago
The NATO-Georgia Commission met at NATO Headquarters on Wednesday (5 September 2018) to discuss the situation on the ground in the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and ongoing efforts to pursue peace. The meeting also coincided with the tenth anniversary of the NATO-Georgia Commission, which first met on 15 September 2008.

UK National Security Adviser briefs NATO Council on developments following Salisbury attack

2 weeks 4 days ago
On Wednesday (5 September 2018) UK National Security Adviser Sir Mark Sedwill updated NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the North Atlantic Council on the actions taken by the United Kingdom in response to the Salisbury nerve agent attack. Sir Mark noted that there is sufficient evidence for charges to be brought against two Russian nationals for the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. The Council expressed solidarity with the UK.

Italy takes up NATO air patrols over Iceland

2 weeks 5 days ago
Four Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon jets have arrived at Iceland’s Keflavik Air Base, and from today (4 September 2018) they will help ensure the safety of Iceland’s airspace. Over the next few weeks, the Italian pilots will provide intercept capabilities and train together with the Icelandic Coast Guard and the NATO Control and Reporting Centre. The Italian jets will complement the air surveillance which Iceland executes with its four remote radar and communication sites.

Change of Command at NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan

3 weeks ago
Today (2 September, 2018), General Austin Scott Miller assumed command of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission from General John ''Mick'' Nicholson at a ceremony at mission headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. General Miller will oversee the continued efforts by NATO Allies and operational partners to further develop effective and sustainable Afghan security forces and institutions through the train, advise and assist mission.

Belgium, Canada and Germany take up NATO air policing duties

3 weeks 2 days ago
Starting in September, Belgian and German fighter aircraft will take responsibility for patrolling the skies as part of NATO’s Baltic air-policing mission. Operating out of Siauliai airbase in Lithuania, four Belgian F-16s will lead the mission, with four German Eurofighter aircraft supporting them out of Ämari airbase in Estonia. The detachments replace French, Portuguese and Spanish air force units which have patrolled the Baltic region since May 2018.

Latvia hosts arms control experts from Belarus, demonstrating transparency

3 weeks 5 days ago
The Latvian Ministry of Defence hosted arms control experts from Belarus between 25 and 28 August 2018, demonstrating military transparency. The experts observed Exercise "Namejs 2018", in order to verify that the numbers of personnel and equipment involved were in line with rules set out in the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) Vienna Document.

NATO and Japan conduct exercise in the Baltic Sea

1 month ago
Naval forces from Standing NATO Maritime Group One conducted a passing exercise with a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force squadron in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday (21 August 2018). NATO ships sailed alongside cadet training vessel JS Kashima and destroyer JS Makinami for the drills. Japan is NATO’s longest-standing partner from outside Europe, and we work together on a range of issues, from security in Afghanistan to nuclear non-proliferation, maritime and cyber security.

Commander-designate of NATO Mission Iraq announced

1 month ago
Canada’s Department of National Defence announced on Wednesday (22 August 2018) that Major-General Dany Fortin has been selected to lead the new NATO Mission Iraq. Launched at the Brussels Summit in July, the mission builds on NATO’s efforts to train the Iraqi forces as they work to prevent the re-emergence of ISIS and other terrorist groups. Led by Canada, NATO’s non-combat mission will include hundreds of trainers, and will also involve setting up military schools to increase the professionalism of the Iraqi forces.

Allies to receive first shipment of Precision Guided Munitions acquired through NATO

1 month ago
Today (22 August 2018), the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) received the first lot of Precision Guided Munitions (PGMs), acquired through a NATO project involving 11 Allies and one NATO partner. The PGMs, produced in the United States, will be delivered to their final recipients, Belgium and Denmark, in the coming weeks. The value of this initial acquisition is around 20 million US dollars.

Belgium and Germany to take over NATO's Baltic Air Policing

1 month ago
From September, the Belgian Air Force will take the lead of NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission, supported by the German Air Force. A Belgian contingent of F-16 fighters will be based at Šiauliai, Lithuania, while German Eurofighter Typhoons will fly out of Ämari, Estonia. NATO Allies have taken turns safeguarding Baltic airspace since Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania joined the Alliance in 2004.

NATO ships to make Norwegian coast safer

1 month 1 week ago
One of NATO’s naval groups is visiting Trondheim on Friday (10 August 2018), and from there it will go on to search for sea mines dating back to World War II. The operation will make the waters safer for fishermen and shipping in the area.
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