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3 Jul. 2015

NATO welcomes activation of new Air Command and Control System

On Friday (3 July 2015), NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment Patrick Auroy welcomed the activation of NATO’s new Air Command and Control System (ACCS). Italy recently decided to declare the first ACCS site operational, with other NATO and national sites to follow in 2015 and subsequent years.

2 Jul. 2015

“Romania can count on NATO” says Secretary General in Bucharest

In a visit to Bucharest on Thursday (2 July 2015), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked Romania for its considerable contributions to Allied security. At a joint press conference with President Klaus Werner Iohannis, Mr. Stoltenberg described Romania as a “steadfast Ally,” stressing that “NATO counts on Romania, and Romania can count on NATO.”

24 Jun. 2015

Defence Ministers decide to bolster the NATO Response Force, reinforce collective defence

Defence Ministers on Wednesday (24 June 2015) took key decisions on strengthening the Alliance’s collective defence, including by increasing the strength and capability of the NATO Response Force. “We have just taken another step forward in adapting NATO to our changed and more challenging security environment,” said Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, adding “we are clearly making a lot of progress”.

24 Jun. 2015

NATO Defence Ministers to take decisions on strengthening collective defence

NATO Defence Ministers are meeting in Brussels on Wednesday (24 June 2015) to begin two days of talks on the Alliance’s continued adaptation in the face of new security challenges. Today, ministers are expected take decisions increasing the strength and capability of the NATO Response Force, which will amount to up to 40,000 troops. They will further improve the Alliance’s advance planning, and speed up political and military decision-making. Allies will also review defence investment figures, and are expected to endorse a defence capacity building package for Moldova. On Thursday, ministers will meet with their Ukrainian and Afghan counterparts to discuss NATO’s ongoing support for both nations.

5 Jun. 2015

Secretary General thanks Norway for its contributions to NATO

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has thanked Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg for her country’s important contributions to the Alliance. In Oslo on Friday (5 June 2015), Mr. Stoltenberg stressed that the Alliance is adapting and staying strong in the face of security challenges to the east and the south. He commended Norway for its participation in NATO missions and operations, as well as for its strong political support.

5 Jun. 2015

Progress on AGS with completion of first NATO-owned air vehicle

The first of NATO’s five unmanned air vehicles rolled off the factory line in San Diego on Thursday, 4 June 2015. The Global Hawk Block 40 is part of the Alliance Ground Surveillance Program (AGS). The NATO-owned and -operated AGS core capability will enable the Alliance to perform persistent surveillance over wide areas from high-altitude long-endurance aircraft in any weather or light condition. The system will give commanders a comprehensive picture of the situation on the ground.

4 Jun. 2015

NATO Allies begin naval exercise BALTOPS in the Baltic Sea

Scores of ships and aircraft from 17 countries are taking part in Baltic Sea naval drills as part of exercise BALTOPS which starts on Friday (5 June 2015) and runs until 20 June. Allied participation demonstrates NATO's resolve to defend the Baltic region, and will hone the ability of Allies and partners to work together.

29 May. 2015

Poland hosts armour exercise PUMA 2015, testing interoperability and responsiveness

Exercise PUMA 2015 wrapped up in Western Poland on Friday, 29 May 2015. Exercise PUMA was a manoeuvre exercise involving Polish, US and French forces. It allowed the Allied nations to test responsiveness, interoperability enhancement, and provided them with demanding opportunities to conduct small to medium sized armour and mechanized infantry field training.

29 May. 2015

NATO Secretary General describes missile defence as transatlantic teamwork on visit to the USS Carney

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg commended the key US contribution to NATO's missile defence capability in a visit to the USS Carney, an Aegis destroyer, at Naval Station Mayport in Florida on Friday (29 May 2015). The destroyer will set sail to Rota, Spain, in September to be part of the Alliance’s ballistic missile defence system alongside three sister ships.

28 May. 2015

NATO Secretary General thanks US military personnel for their service

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked US servicemen and women during a visit to Florida and Georgia on Thursday (28 May 2015). Speaking at 125th Fighter Wing, Florida Air National Guard in Jacksonville, the Secretary General thanked them for being part of the US substantial contribution to the strength and security of the Alliance.

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