Updated: 25-Oct-2001 Week of 15-21 October 2001

17 Oct. 2001

NATO forces continue to be deployed
in response to Article 5

The Standing Naval Force Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT) stopped off at the Naval base of Zeebrugge in Belgium on 17 October before sailing on to the Eastern Mediterranean on 22 October, where NATO forces stand ready in support of Article 5 operations against terrorism.

During its time in Zeebrugge, the crew participated in briefings and meetings in preparation of future exercises and operations. It also took the opportunity to perform routine maintenance checks on systems and equipment.

STANAVFORLANT is part of NATO's immediate reaction forces. It will join the Standing Naval Force Mediterranean (STANAVFORMED) in the Eastern Mediterranean which has been deployed there since 9 October. It is currently formed of a crew of 1 800 serving onboard nine ships.

Additional information:
  • Webmodule: NATO and the Scourge of Terrorism
  • Commander Standing Naval Force Atlantic Press Release: Visit to Zeebrugge