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NATO and Iraq strengthen cooperation on defence education

3 months ago
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 ships exercise with Romanian Navy in the Black Sea

3 months 1 week ago
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.

NATO air forces wrap up exercise Frisian Flag

3 months 1 week ago
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 discusses adaptation with military commanders

3 months 1 week ago
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.

NATO jets scrambled for first intercept over Montenegro

3 months 1 week ago
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.

NATO Deputy Secretary General to Italy

3 months 1 week ago
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.

NATO conducts largest medical exercise

3 months 1 week ago
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.

Top national defence officials discuss cooperation on defence projects

3 months 1 week ago
The bi-annual Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD) is being held in NATO HQ in Brussels, today (11 April 2019). The CNAD is the senior committee formed by National Armament Directors and is responsible for enabling delivery of interoperable military capabilities across NATO Allies.

France joins Allied effort to develop Maritime Unmanned Systems

3 months 1 week ago
On Thursday (11 April 2019), France joined a multinational effort to cooperate on the development of Maritime Unmanned Systems. At a signing ceremony at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, National Armaments Directors from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States welcomed France to this key multinational initiative.

NATO intensifies scientific cooperation with Ukraine

3 months 1 week ago
Experts from NATO and Ukraine took stock of progress made on several projects and agreed on new areas of cooperation, such as the reintegration of female military personnel into civilian life. This was the subject of discussion at the 16th edition of the NATO-Ukraine Joint Working Group on Scientific and Environmental Cooperation, held at NATO Headquarters on 28 March 2019.

Egyptian Journalists visit NATO HQ

3 months 2 weeks ago
On 3 and 4 April 2019, NATO’s Political Affairs and Security Policy Division hosted a group of journalists from the Arab Republic of Egypt. The visit was part of a long standing programme of public diplomacy activities within the framework of NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue.

NATO marks 70th anniversary with Washington meeting of Foreign Ministers

3 months 2 weeks ago
Foreign Ministers gathered in Washington D.C. on Thursday (4 April 2019) to mark 70 years since NATO’s founding, and to continue adapting the Alliance. “Over seven decades, NATO has stepped up time and again to keep our people safe, and we will continue to stand together to prevent conflict and preserve peace,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Washington ceremony marks 70th anniversary of NATO

3 months 2 weeks ago
NATO Foreign Ministers gathered in Washington D.C.’s Mellon Auditorium on Wednesday (3 April 2019), to celebrate 70 years of the transatlantic Alliance. The ceremony, hosted by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, took place in the same room where the Foreign Ministers of the 12 founding Allies met to sign the North Atlantic Treaty on 4 April 1949. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg hailed the Treaty, saying: “its reach is vast, and it has stood the test of time – because we have united around our core commitment to protect and defend one another”.

NATO Engages: the Alliance at 70

3 months 2 weeks ago
On the eve of the meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Washington D.C., a “NATO Engages” conference took place on Wednesday (3 April 2019) to discuss “the Alliance at 70”. Addressing the conference, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg pointed to a "paradox": while questions are being asked about the strength of the transatlantic bond, Europe and North America are actually doing "more together than in many decades". Pointing to the “historic success” and enduring value of NATO, Mr. Stoltenberg also stressed the importance of Allied unity in addressing security challenges ranging from terrorism to a more assertive Russia.

NATO Secretary General addresses historic Joint Meeting of the United States Congress

3 months 2 weeks ago
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addressed a joint meeting of the United States Congress in Washington DC on Wednesday (3 April 2019), making him the first leader of an international organization ever to do so. The Secretary General’s speech focused on the bond between Europe and North America, the enduring strength of the NATO Alliance and the importance of unity in an unpredictable world.
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