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16 Jan. 2019

US and Denmark take command of two NATO naval groups

A US Navy Admiral has assumed command of NATO’s Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG) 1, taking over from a Royal Danish Navy Commodore. In a ceremony marking the hand-over in Copenhagen on Monday (14 January 2019), Rear Admiral Edward Cashman of the US Navy said: “The North Atlantic is a bridge that connects the Allies, not a barrier that separates them. That connectivity is even stronger today and more important than ever to our security and to our prosperity." Rear Admiral Cashman will command the group from the new flagship, the USS Gravely. At the same ceremony, the Royal Danish Navy’s Commander Peter Krogh took command of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group (SNMCMG) 1, succeeding a Belgian Navy commander.

1 Jan. 2019

Germany steps up to lead NATO high readiness force

German forces on Tuesday (1 January 2019) took the lead for NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), providing thousands of soldiers to be on standby and ready to deploy within days. Germany takes over from Italy, which provided the VJTF lead brigade in 2018.

7 Jun. 2018

Three Allies establish Special Forces Command

In the margins of the NATO Defence Ministers meeting on Thursday (7 June 2018), the Defence Ministers of Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the creation of a Composite Special Operations Component Command (C-SOCC). Once operational, this tri-national Special Forces Command will participate in the NATO Response Force and could support NATO operations, as well as other multinational missions.

12 Jan. 2018

Italy takes lead of the NATO Response Force Land Component Command

At a ceremony on Wednesday (10 January 2018) in the Netherlands, the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps – Italy took over responsibility of the land component command of the 2018 NATO Response Force (NRF) from the British-led Allied Rapid Reaction Corps. The NRF is a multinational force made up of land, air, maritime and special operations forces components that the Alliance can deploy quickly, wherever needed. Since 2014, NATO has tripled the size of the NRF to 40,000 troops, including a high-readiness spearhead force, ready to move within days.

2 Oct. 2017

''Brilliant Mariner 2017'': showcasing NATO maritime strength

Northwood, UK – Three NATO Standing Groups participate this year with the French Aero-Naval Rapid Reaction Force (FRMARFOR) in exercise BRILLIANT MARINER 2017, a Non-Article 5 Crisis Response Operation Exercise designed to support the certification of the naval component of the NATO Response Force (NRF) for 2018.

28 Aug. 2017

NATO battlegroups in Baltic nations and Poland fully operational

NATO’s four multinational battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland are now fully operational. This milestone comes after the Canadian-led battlegroup based at Camp Ādaži in Latvia became the fourth battlegroup to complete its Certification Exercise.

16 Feb. 2017

Allies take steps to create multinational Special Forces command

Three NATO Allies are strengthening their defence cooperation, with a new agreement to explore the creation of a multinational command for Special Operations Forces, intended to begin its work in 2019. The Defence Ministers of Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands signed the agreement on Thursday (16 February 2017) in the margins of the meetings of NATO Defence Ministers in Brussels. This multinational command will be able to lead and coordinate Special Operations Forces task groups within a small joint operation scenario.

5 Nov. 2015

NATO demonstrating Maritime power during Trident Juncture 15 exercise

General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, accompanied by Deputy Chairman, Lt Gen Mark O. Schissler, attended the Distinguished Visitors (DV) Day today (5 November 2015) in Troia, Portugal, together with the NATO Secretary General, Mr Jens Stoltenberg, representatives of the North Atlantic Council and Military Committee and other high ranking officials. The DV Day focused on the Maritime component of the Trident Juncture 2015 Exercise.

5 Nov. 2015

Secretary General, North Atlantic Council in Portugal to see Trident Juncture at Sea

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, together with other senior Allied officials and military commanders, attended a number of Exercise Trident Juncture 2015 training sessions in Portugal on Thursday (5 November 2015) showcasing the skills and readiness of NATO’s maritime forces. “Over the past weeks our Allied troops have been tested at land, at sea and in the air. Allied forces have improved their readiness, their skills and their ability to work together in crisis situations,” said the Secretary General.

4 Nov. 2015

Allied and Partner Interoperability successfully tested during Trident Juncture 15

General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee attended the Distinguished Visitors Day (DV Day) in Zaragoza, Spain, together with the NATO Secretary General, Mr Jens Stoltenberg, representatives of the North Atlantic Council and Military Committee and other high ranking officials. The DV day focused on the Land component of the Trident Juncture 2015 Exercise.

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