2020 News 

NATO Secretary General Promotes Great Reset at Halifax International Security Forum

November 22, 2020 – Preparing the Alliance for the future with the NATO 2030 initiative, and using it to address the rise of China, cyber threats and other challenges, were the main topics of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s participation in the Halifax International Security Forum today (22 November 2020). The Secretary General engaged in an online conversation with Robin Shepherd, the Forum’s Vice President. The discussion opened the Forum’s Plenary Session on “75 Years On: Re-Making the Democratic World Order” – also known as “Agenda 2030” and “The Great…

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Canada, Romania & NATO partner Australia Join Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative

November 20, 2020 – Canada and Romania and NATO partner Australia joined the Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative on 20 November 2020. The Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative aims to strengthen the ability of navies to operate in a multinational context above, on, and under the water, in an increasingly complex maritime domain. Together with the National Armaments Directors of the other 14 countries that participate in the initiative, the National Armaments Directors of Canada, Romania and Australia signed a corresponding amendment to the Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative Declaration of Intent in…

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Toronto Takes Part in NATO ASW Exercise ORCA 2020

November 5, 2020 (Google Translation) – With a rare expertise in anti-submarine warfare and benefiting from the performances of the FREMM-Caiman pair, the French surface forces are organizing the ORCA exercise from November 4 to 6, 2020 in the Atlantic, off Brest. The French Navy invited the navies of NATO allied nations to participate in this exercise in order to develop their interoperability and jointly train the sailors by sharing their practices and know-how. This multi-fight exercise emphasizes anti-submarine warfare. It enables the performance of the French Navy and that…

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NATO Chiefs of Defence Elect Rob Bauer as next Chairman of the Military Committee

October 9, 2020 – Allied Chiefs of Defence today, 9 October 2020, elected Admiral Rob Bauer, Chief of Defence of the Netherlands Armed Forces to be the next Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, the senior military adviser to the Secretary General. Admiral Bauer will take up the position following the end of Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach’s tenure in June 2021. Air Chief Marshal Peach welcomed the election of Admiral Bauer. He said “Congratulations to Admiral Bauer, Rob. He will be an excellent Chairman of the NATO Military…

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NCI Agency announces qualifiers of 2020 Defence Innovation Challenge

September 30, 2020 – The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency announced on Wednesday (30 September) the top eight qualifiers of the 2020 NCI Agency Defence Innovation Challenge. The evaluation panel selected eight proposals for the next phase of the Innovation Challenge. The challenge aims to accelerate transformational, state-of-the-art ideas, technologies and solutions from start-ups, small businesses and academia in support of NATO. This year, it focuses on improving distributed radar data processing so that NATO’s air operations can tap into the latest technologies available in the defence sector and…

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Exercise Joint Warrior for Ville de Quebec and Asterix

Exercise Joint Warrior is the largest military exercise in Europe, bringing together the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force and the British Army, as well as forces from other nations. This massive multinational war exercise involves warships, aircraft, marines and troops from UK, NATO and allied forces. The exercise doesn’t only allow participating units to hone their specialist roles within a larger war-style setting – it also helps foster vital links between the UK, NATO and other allied militaries. The aim is to provide a complex environment in which the…

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NATO’s new Atlantic command declared operational

September 17, 2020 – NATO’s new Atlantic Command was declared operational in a ceremony in Norfolk, Virginia on Thursday (17 September 2020). Joint Force Command Norfolk, established to protect sea lanes between Europe and North America, is the first NATO headquarters dedicated to the Atlantic since 2003. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the milestone, saying: “NATO is a transatlantic Alliance and the North Atlantic is vital for the security of Europe. Our new Atlantic Command will ensure crucial routes for reinforcements and supplies from North America to Europe remain…

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SNMG1 exercises with Lithuanian Navy in the Baltic Sea

September 2, 2020 – Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 has concluded a complex set of training exercises with several ships from the Lithuanian Navy, running 20-28 August 2020 in the Baltic Sea. The training focused on multiple warfare areas including search and rescue, damage control, vessel in distress, air defense and anti-submarine warfare. Exercises involved surface and air assets from SNMG1, Lithuanian Navy, Air Force and Lithuanian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre. SNMG1 flagship Corte-Real in the company of HMCS Toronto and her helicopter had the chance to work side by…

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2020 News 

Netherlands Chief of Defense standing for Chairman of the NATO Military Committee

Admiral Rob Bauer is in the race for the position of Chairman of the NATO Military Committee. The Netherlands government has formally nominated Bauer for the NATO position. Should he be elected, he will hand over his current position of Chief of Defense to his successor in the summer of 2021. One of the reasons for his nomination is that Bauer is known for his honest, constructive and unfettered advice. According to Bauer, that is the only way to ensure that what is politically desirable is indeed militarily attainable. His…

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2020 News 

Last Goodbye to old NATO Headquarters

September 4, 2020 – The site and the building of the old NATO Headquarters in Brussels were returned to the Alliance’s host country Belgium during a small ceremony today (1 September 2020). After the spaces were emptied and the temporary structures removed, the old building was handed over to its owner, the Belgian Ministry of Defence. “Today we said our last goodbye to our old HQ, which has served NATO well through the decades, and where so many historic decisions were taken by Allies”, NATO’s spokesperson Oana Lungescu said. “We…

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