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NATO intercepted Russian military aircraft over 300 times in 2023

1 month 3 weeks ago
In 2023, NATO air forces across Europe scrambled well over 300 times to intercept Russian military aircraft approaching Alliance airspace, with most intercepts occurring over the Baltic Sea. NATO has standing air-policing missions that calls for Allied jets to scramble when there are signs of Russian military planes approaching Allied airspace in unpredictable ways.

UK to lead NATO’s 2024 rapid response force

1 month 3 weeks ago
From 1 January 2024, the United Kingdom’s 7th Light Mechanised Brigade will lead NATO’s rapid reaction force, placing thousands of soldiers on standby and ready to deploy within days. NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) was created after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and was deployed for the first time for collective defence of the Alliance after Russia’s full-fledged invasion of Ukraine in 2022. The leadership position is rotated annually among Allies. The UK takes over from Germany, which led the force in 2023.

Secretary General's end of year message to NATO troops and veterans

2 months ago
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg released a holiday greeting to NATO troops and veterans on Wednesday (20 December 2023), thanking them for their service and commitment over the year. He said: “I had the privilege to meet many of you", telling Allied forces "without you there would be no NATO, no security and no freedom".

NATO’s 2023 Holiday Gift Guide

2 months ago
Finding the perfect gift can be stressful and time-consuming. Lucky for you, NATO has tips to help you find the right present for everyone on your list (spoiler alert: they’re all NATO-related). So without further ado, let’s unwrap!

2023 NATO photo of the year

2 months ago
In 2023, photographers from NATO forces took thousands of pictures documenting this historic year. They captured the magnitude of landmark political events like the 2023 NATO Summit in Vilnius, the grit and cooperation of Allied troops conducting NATO exercises, and other moments of beauty, unity and humanity. We chose four of our favourite photos and put them to a vote on social media, asking the public to choose NATO’s photo of the year for 2023. And the winner is...

Symposium in Finland brings industry and experts together to strengthen NATO’s responses to hybrid threats

2 months 1 week ago
Allied experts and representatives met with industry at the NATO Hybrid Symposium in Helsinki, Finland to address the challenges posed by adversarial use of hybrid tools (12-13 December 2023). At the two-day event, members of NATO’s Counter Hybrid Support Teams (CHST) convened for a training session, boosting the Alliance’s ability to respond to challenges and strengthening cooperation in the hybrid community. The Symposium also had a session with private sector representatives, to look at further collaboration between NATO and the private sector.

NATO Secretary General with Prime Minister of Slovakia: support to Ukraine is not charity, it is an investment in our security

2 months 1 week ago
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico to NATO Headquarters on Thursday (14 December 2023). Mr Stoltenberg praised Slovakia’s commitment to the Alliance, including hosting a multinational NATO battlegroup, deploying forces to Latvia, and planning to invest 2% of GDP in defence this year. They also discussed continued support to Ukraine and further bolstering the Alliance’s deterrence and defence.

NATO and Iraq continue to strengthen their cooperation through defence education activities

2 months 1 week ago
Representatives from eight Iraqi professional military education institutions, led by Staff Lieutenant General Aqeel Mustafa Mahdi Al Rammah, President of the Iraqi Defence University for Military Studies, visited NATO Headquarters on 12 and 13 December 2023. The visit was part of the annual review of their defence education activities, within the framework of NATO’s Defence Education Enhancement Programme (DEEP).

NATO’s new Defence Industrial Production Board meets to boost defence industrial capacity

2 months 1 week ago
On Wednesday 13 December, senior representatives from across the Alliance gathered at NATO Headquarters in Brussels to hold the first meeting of the Defence Industrial Production Board. The Board is a key part of stepping up efforts for defence production - both to increase national capabilities for deterrence and defence, and to replenish the stockpiles that have been depleted by their support to Ukraine. A robust and flexible defence industry contributes to strengthening the Alliance’s deterrence and defence.

Moldova hosts meeting on defence cooperation with NATO partners

2 months 2 weeks ago
Representatives from Allied and partner countries met in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova from 5 to 7 December 2023 to exchange views on defence capacity building programmes to support several NATO's partners, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iraq, Jordan, Mauritania, Moldova, and Tunisia.

Bi-annual Familiarization Programme illustrates NATO’s desire for stronger cooperation with partners

2 months 2 weeks ago
From 6 to 15 December 2023, NATO hosts 30 military personnel from 23 Partner Nations for its bi-annual Familiarization Programme. The 8-day event, jointly organised by NATO’s Cooperative Security Division and SHAPE’s Partnership Directorate Military Cooperation Division, provides Partner military representatives with an opportunity to explore the Alliance’s outreach programmes and activities.
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