Media Advisory

22 July 2004

NATO Naval Visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina - NATO's Standing Naval Force Mediterranean (STANAVFORMED) flagship, FGS Schleswig-Holstein, will anchor in Neum, 23 to 25 July. The visit by this NATO flagship to Bosnia and Herzegovina coincides with Exercise 'JOINT RESOLVE 32', currently being conducted by Multinational Task Force South East.

There will be a media briefing on NATO Maritime Operations onboard FGS Schleswig-Holstein at 1745 on Saturday 24 July 2004. Following the briefing, the Commander Joint Force Command Naples, Admiral Gregory G. Johnson, will make an address and answer questions. There will also be an opportunity to photograph senior representatives from Bosnia and Herzegovina and from the International Community, who will be arriving for an official reception.

Media wishing to attend this event will be ferried to the Ship at anchor from Neum Harbour. An SFOR media liaison officer will be in attendance to coordinate this service. Media attending must be at Neum harbor opposite the Hotel Zenit no later than 1640 local time; the ferry will return from the Ship at 1915 hours.

Transport from Sarajevo to the media briefing onboard FGS Schleswig-Holstein has been arranged for interested media, leaving Camp Butmir at 1230 local time and returning to Sarajevo at 2359 hours. Anyone intending to utilise this transport must contact the SFOR Headquarters Public Information Office (033 495 216) by 1700 on Friday 23 July 2004 in order to reserve a place.

STANAVFORMED was established as a NATO immediate reaction force in Naples (Italy) on 30 April 1992 and has participated in NATO peace support operations related to the crises in the former Yugoslavia. The ships of the force rotate every few months and its routine activities consist of an intensive programme of training and participation in both NATO and national exercises. The Commander of the Force is Rear Admiral Hans-Jochen Witthauer, German Navy.

Nations normally contributing to STANAVFORMED are Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

More information about STANAVFORMED is available at the webpage: http://www.afsouth.nato.int/FACTSHEETS/stanavformed.htm