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14 Feb. 2018

Belgium joins Allied effort to deliver air-to-air refueling capacity

On Wednesday (14 February 2018), Belgium joined a multinational effort to acquire a European multinational fleet of Airbus multirole tanker–transport (MRTT) aircraft. At a signing ceremony at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Defence Ministers from Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Norway celebrated Belgium’s official accession to this effort.

14 Feb. 2018

NATO Defence Ministers set to modernise Command Structure, take decisions on Iraq

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg marked the start of this week’s meeting of Defence Ministers on Wednesday (14 February 2018). “I expect we will agree to establish two new Commands,” he said: “one for the Atlantic, and a support command for military mobility within Europe.” Ministers are also expected to agree to begin planning for a NATO training mission in Iraq, in response to a request from the Iraqi government and the Global Coalition. Defence Ministers will also review progress on defence spending and burden-sharing, and discuss NATO-EU cooperation.

13 Feb. 2018

Secretary General previews meetings of NATO Defence Ministers

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg briefed media on Tuesday (13 February 2018) on the agenda of this week’s meetings of NATO Defence Ministers. On Wednesday and Thursday, Allies will take decisions to prepare for the Summit of NATO leaders in July. Ministers will address a range of issues, including NATO’s Command Structure, fair burden-sharing, cooperation with the EU, and the Alliance’s role in projecting stability and fighting terrorism.

13 Feb. 2018

NATO-ICI Regional Centre holds first energy security training in Kuwait

The NATO-Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) Regional Centre is hosting the first training course on the protection of critical energy infrastructure. More than 30 participants from the region are exploring threats to critical energy infrastructure and resilience measures.

9 Feb. 2018

NSPA signs Cooperation Agreement with Israel

The NATO Support and Procurement Agency General Manager Mr. Peter Dohmen, together with the Israeli Ambassador to NATO and the EU, H.E. Mr. Roni Leshno-Yaar, signed an "Agreement between the Government of the State of Israel and the NATO Support and Procurement Organisation on Support Cooperation" in Brussels this week. The agreement establishes the legal framework and the basic principles for support co-operation between Israel and the NATO Support and Procurement Organization.

8 Feb. 2018

NATO supports Allied and Partner Reserve Forces

This year’s Annual National Reserve Forces Committee (NRFC) Plenary was hosted at NATO HQ from 6 to 8 February 2018. With NATO Member States and 6 partners, the NRFC promotes and enhances the utility and interests of Reserve Forces and Personnel as a vital component of National Forces and of the NATO Force Structure.

7 Feb. 2018

NATO warship discovers mine from previous conflict

CONSTANTA, Romania (February 7, 2018) During routine mine countermeasure training in the Black Sea on 7th February 2018, Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group Two (SNMCMG2) ship, Turkish mine hunter TCG AKÇAY, discovered a sea mine from a previous conflict.

5 Feb. 2018

NATO Secretary General visits Norway

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited Oslo on Monday (5 February 2018) to have talks with Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide, and the Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen.

5 Feb. 2018

Deputy Secretary General marks first anniversary of NATO’s enhanced forward presence in Lithuania

NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller marked the first anniversary of NATO’s enhanced forward presence in Lithuania during a ceremony on Monday (5 February 2018). Alongside Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė and Allied representatives, Gottemoeller paid tribute to Allied forces in Rukla.

2 Feb. 2018

Italian NATO detachment conducts first alert scramble in Baltics

ÄMARI, Estonia - Two Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon jets executed their first alert launch to respond to a Russian Federation Air Force aircraft that flew over the Baltic Sea on February 1, 2018 without transmitting a transponder symbol that identifies the plane on civilian air traffic controller screens.

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