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NATO Support to Turkey

Background

NATO support to Turkey : Background and timeline

NATO support to Turkey : Background and timeline

The Turkish Government has requested that NATO augment Turkey’s air defence capabilities to defend the population and territory of Turkey. On 4 December 2012, NATO Foreign Ministers agreed to this request.

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German, Dutch, Turkish and American officials from NATO in Brussels visit Patriot deployments

01 Mar. 2013 - 02 Mar. 2013

A multinational delegation from NATO Headquarters in Brussels, with senior officials from Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey and the United States, visited the three deployed Patriot sites in Turkey over the weekend to see first-hand how these Allied units are helping to reinforce Turkey’s air defences against the threat of Syrian ballistic missiles.

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NATO Defence Ministers visit Patriot deployment

23 Feb. 2013

The German, Dutch and Turkish defence ministers paid a joint visit to NATO Patriot batteries in Turkey on Saturday 23 February, in a signal of Alliance solidarity.

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All NATO Patriot batteries in Turkey operational

16 Feb. 2013

The final of six Patriot missile batteries deployed to Turkey was declared operational under NATO command and control on Friday, 15 February 2013.

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NATO Patriots: Solidarity & Deterrence

25 Feb. 2013

The German, Dutch and Turkish defence ministers paid a joint visit to NATO Patriot batteries in Turkey, demonstrating Alliance solidarity and emphasising the defensive nature of the mission. 

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    25 Feb. 2013

    The German, Dutch and Turkish defence ministers paid a joint visit to NATO Patriot batteries in Turkey, demonstrating Alliance solidarity and emphasising the defensive nature of the mission. 

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    25 Jan. 2013

    NATO Allies position Patriot missiles to protect the citizens of Kahramanmaras, also known asTurkey's ice cream capital.

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    23 Jan. 2013

    Interview with Brigadier General Gary Deakin, Director of the Strategic Operations Centre at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE).

  • Play audio Press briefing on Patriot deployment to Turkey

    23 Jan. 2013

    NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu and the Director of the Strategic Operations Centre at SHAPE, Brigadier General Gary Deakin, jointly briefed the press on NATO’s deployment of Patriot batteries to Turkey.

  • Play audio Press briefing on Patriot deployment to Turkey (Q&As)

    23 Jan. 2013

    NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu and the Director of the Strategic Operations Centre at SHAPE, Brigadier General Gary Deakin, jointly answer questions of the press on NATO’s deployment of Patriot batteries to Turkey. 

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    22 Jan. 2013

    A 300 vehicle military convoy transported two German Patriot units to the southern Turkish city of Kahramanmaras on Tuesday. The missile system will be stationed there for up to a year as part of NATO's deployment to bolster Turkeys air defences against..

Last updated: 21-Feb-2013 10:59

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NATO Defence Ministers visit Patriot deployment 23. Feb. 2013 NATO Defence Ministers brief media at the site of the German patriot site in Kahramanmaras, southern Turkey. The Turkish Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz is joined by his German counterpart Thomas de Maizière and the Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, standing to his right. On Ministers Yilmaz's left is the governor of Kahramanmaras Sukru Kocatepe. 
NATO Defence Ministers visit Patriot deployment 23. Feb. 2013 NATO Defence Ministers brief media at the site of the German patriot site in Kahramanmaras, southern Turkey. The Turkish Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz is joined by his German counterpart Thomas de Maizière and the Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, standing to his right. On Ministers Yilmaz's left is the governor of Kahramanmaras Sukru Kocatepe. 
NATO Defence Ministers visit Patriot deployment 23. Feb. 2013 Left to right: Turkish Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz, German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere, Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert 
NATO Defence Ministers visit Patriot deployment 23. Feb. 2013 Left to right: Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Governor of Kahramanmaras Sukru Kocatepe, Turkish Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz 
NATO Support to Turkey 05. Feb. 2013 The Patriot Spokespersons answer media questions at the Gaziantep Patriot site (from left to right: Major Cengiz Alabacak of the Turkish General Staff, Colonel Steve Richmond, of the 10th US Army Air and Missile Defence Command, and the SHAPE Spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Dariusz Kacperczyk) 
NATO Support to Turkey 05. Feb. 2013 US Patriot battery under NATO Command overlooking the city of Gaziantep (Turkey) 
NATO Support to Turkey 05. Feb. 2013 US Patriot battery under NATO Command overlooking the city of Gaziantep (Turkey) 
NATO Support to Turkey 05. Feb. 2013 US Patriots under NATO command protecting the city of Gaziantep, Turkey  
NATO Support to Turkey 05. Feb. 2013 US Patriots under NATO command protecting the city of Gaziantep, Turkey  
NATO Support to Turkey 05. Feb. 2013 US Patriots under NATO command protecting the city of Gaziantep, Turkey  
Dutch Patriot battery in Adana, Turkey 25. Jan. 2013 Final checks are made to a Patriot missile battery at Adana International Airport on Friday, 25 January. The equipment, provided by the Netherlands, is the first of six Patriot missile batteries declared operational and placed under the command and control of NATO on Saturday, 26 January. It will help to protect the city and people of Adana against missile threats. 
Dutch Patriot battery in Adana, Turkey 25. Jan. 2013 Final checks are made to a Patriot missile launch station at Adana International Airport on Friday, 25 January. The equipment, provided by the Netherlands, is the first of six Patriot missile batteries declared operational and placed under the command and control of NATO on Saturday, 26 January It will help to protect the city and people of Adana against missile threats. 
PATRIOT Systems used by Air Forces of the United States, the Netherlands and Germany 07. Jan. 2013 Dutch Patriots on their way from Vredepeel Airbase (the Netherlands) to Eemshaven harbour to be shipped to Turkey 
PATRIOT Systems used by Air Forces of the United States, the Netherlands and Germany 07. Jan. 2013 Dutch Patriots on their way from Vredepeel Airbase (the Netherlands) to Eemshaven harbour to be shipped to Turkey 
PATRIOT Systems in use by US, German and Dutch Air Force 04. Nov. 2009 [NL] Patriot Launch Station in a field location (Archive picture) 
PATRIOT Systems in use by US, German and Dutch Air Force 08. Feb. 2010 [US] Patriot Launch Station in a field location (Archive picture) 
PATRIOT Systems in use by US, German and Dutch Air Force 16. Oct. 2008 [GE] Patriot Phased Array Radar (Archive picture) 
PATRIOT Systems in use by US, German and Dutch Air Force 16. Oct. 2008 [GE] Patriot Phased Array Radar (Archive picture) 
PATRIOT Systems in use by US, German and Dutch Air Force 16. Oct. 2008 [GE] Patriot Launch Station in a field location (Archive picture) 
PATRIOT Systems in use by US, German and Dutch Air Force 09. Oct. 2008 [GE] Patriot Launch Station in a field location (Archive picture) 
PATRIOT Systems in use by US, German and Dutch Air Force 14. Jul. 2008 Camouflaged [GE] Patriot Launch Station in a field location (Archive picture) 
PATRIOT Systems in use by US, German and Dutch Air Force 15. Oct. 2008 [GE] Patriot missile firing during annual service practice at the NATO Air & Missile Firing Installation (Crete) (Archive picture) 
PATRIOT Systems in use by US, German and Dutch Air Force 04. Nov. 2009 [NL] Patriot missile firing during annual service practice at the NATO Air & Missile Firing Installation (Crete) (Archive picture) 
PATRIOT Systems in use by US, German and Dutch Air Force [GE] Patriot missile firing during annual service practice at the NATO Air & Missile Firing Installation (Crete) (Archive picture)