|Updated: 06-Sep-2011||Week of 8-14 October 2001|
NATO Naval Force
Following the North Atlantic Councils decision on implementation of Article 5 of the Washington Treaty as a consequence of the 11 September attacks against the United States, NATOs Standing Naval Force Mediterranean (STANAVFORMED) has been ordered to deploy to the Eastern Mediterranean. With this deployment the Force will provide NATO presence in the area while demonstrating NATOs resolve and solidarity.
STANAVFORMED is part of NATOs immediate reaction forces. Its primary mission is to be able to deploy rapidly to an area of tension or crisis. It also forms the nucleus around which to build a more versatile and powerful naval force, whenever required.
STANAVFORMED currently is comprised of: HMS Chatham, Frigate, UK (Flagship) ; FGS Bayern, Frigate, Germany; HS Formion , Destroyer, Greece; ITS Aliseo, Frigate, Italy; HNLMS Van Nes, Frigate, The Netherlands; SPS Santa Maria, Frigate, Spain; TCG Giresun, Frigate, Turkey; USS Elrod, Frigate, US; FGS Rhoen, Auxiliary Oiler, Germany.
For background information about STANAVFORMED please visit the home page http://www.afsouth.nato.int/FACTSHEETS/STANAVFORMED.htm