Discover the role of a NATO maritime expert

September 19, 2019 – Paul Beckley grew up in Long Island in south-eastern New York State. When he was a young boy, he liked watching the fishing boats entering the marina. “I loved the smell of the salt air,” says Paul. “Few years after, I joined the US Naval Academy. I was 18 years old.” “Imagine 8,000 personnel of both ships doing at the same time complex manoeuvres and sharing of resources between their naval vessels to host their respective aircraft. Everything went well. It was an amazing and humbling…

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NATO Secretary General unveils the logo for the London meeting of NATO Heads and State and Government

September 18, 2019 – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday (18 September 2019) unveiled the logo for the next meeting of NATO Heads of State and Government. It will take place on 3-4 December 2019 in London to mark NATO’s 70th anniversary. In 1949, the United Kingdom was one of NATO’s twelve founding members and London was the home of NATO’s first headquarters. The meeting in London will be an opportunity for leaders to address current and emerging security challenges and to ensure that the Alliance continues to adapt…

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Over 40 ships begin exercise Northern Coasts in the Baltic Sea

September 3, 2019 – Around 3,000 troops and more than 40 vessels from 18 nations are taking part in the annual Northern Coasts naval exercise that starts on 3 September in Copenhagen. Northern Coasts will take place near the Danish straits connecting the Baltic Sea to the North Sea, as well as between Kiel and Bornholm. It will run until 19 September. “The Baltic Sea is of vital importance for the Alliance and is bordered by six NATO countries”, said NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu. “Northern Coasts is now in its…

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NATO Innovation Challenge for Entrepreneurs and Inventors Launched

August 20, 2019 – The latest edition of the NATO Innovation Challenge was launched on Monday (19 August 2019), under the theme: “Optimizing leader development”. The competition aims to tap into pools of private sector innovators (entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, scientists, coders, etc.) to find new, creative and efficient ways for NATO to respond to security challenges and potential crises. In this challenge, NATO is seeking solutions to prepare first responders and leaders at all levels to make informed decisions in complex, dynamic situations. Specifically, the challenge deals with leadership skills,…

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Statement by the North Atlantic Council on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

August 2, 2019 – Russia today remains in violation of the INF Treaty, despite years of U.S. and Allied engagement, including a final opportunity over six months to honor its Treaty obligations. As a result, the United States decision to withdraw from the Treaty, a decision fully supported by NATO Allies, is now taking effect. Russia bears sole responsibility for the demise of the Treaty. We regret that Russia has shown no willingness and taken no demonstrable steps to return to compliance with its international obligations. A situation whereby the…

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NATO Statement on Iran’s Seizure of Two Ships in the Strait of Hormuz

July 20, 2019 – We condemn the seizure of two commercial ships in the Strait of Hormuz. This represents a clear challenge to international freedom of navigation. We urge Iran to immediately release the ships and their crew. The UK has made clear that their priority is to address the situation through dialogue and diplomacy. NATO supports all diplomatic efforts to resolve this situation. All Allies remain concerned by Iran’s destabilizing activities.

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NATO Frigate Groups Change Flagships in Rota

July 29, 2019 – Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) both transitioned flagship duties during a port visit to Rota, on July 26. SNMG1 flagship duties were transferred from the US guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) to the guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) and for SNMG2, flagship duties were transferred from Canadian frigate HMCS Toronto, to HMCS Halifax. Both Rear Adm. Edward Cashman, Commander of SNMG1, and Commodore Josée Kurtz, Commander of SNMG2 will continue commanding their groups until the end…

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NATO Announces Exercise Breeze 2019 a Week Late After Prodding

July 19, 2019 – After inquiring of Exercise Breeze 2019 July 18th, with their usual no response, NATO released this today one week after event began. Over 2,000 forces and 27 ships are taking part in exercise Breeze 2019 in the Black Sea. The Bulgarian-led maritime exercise, which began on 12 July, involves forces from 12 NATO Allies – Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States. The exercise aims to enhance interoperability among participating units and strengthen NATO’s readiness in the…

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