Updated: 06-Nov-2001 1952

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30 Jan

Appointment of Vice-Admiral Lynde D. McCormick (United States) to be the first Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (SACLANT).

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18 Febr

Greece and Turkey accede to the North Atlantic Treaty.

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20-25 Febr

The North Atlantic Council meeting in Lisbon reorganises the structure of the Alliance and NATO becomes a permanent organisation with its headquarters in Paris.

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  • NATO Ministerial Communiqués: Final Communiqué of the North Atlantic Council ("The Lisbon Decisions" on the reorganisation of the Alliance and the appointment of a Secretary General)

  • High resolution photos of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) meeting in Lisbon
21 Febr

The Council establishes a Channel Command, and appoints Admiral Sir Arthur John Power as the first Commander-in-Chief Channel (CINCHAN).

12 Mar

Lord Ismay (United Kingdom) is appointed Vice-Chairman of the North Atlantic Council and Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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10 Apr

Allied Command Atlantic (ACLANT) becomes operational, with headquarters at Norfolk, Virginia, USA.

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16 Apr

NATO opens its provisional headquarters at the Palais de Chaillot, Paris.

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28 Apr

First meeting of the North Atlantic Council in permanent session in Paris.

27 May

Signature in Paris of the Treaty setting up the European Defence Community by Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the Federal Republic of Germany. (Following the decision of the French National Assembly on 29 August 1954, the Treaty did not come into force).

28 Aug

Signature in Paris by member nations of the Alliance of a Protocol on the Status of International Military Headquarters.

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