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NATO Press Release: Statement by the NATO Secretary General on the violence in the Parliament in Skopje


I strongly condemn yesterday’s attacks on members of Parliament in Skopje.  Violence has no place in any parliament.  I call on all political actors to show calm, restraint, and respect for the democratic process.  Political dialogue is the only reasonable and appropriate way forward, and is in the best interest of all citizens of the country.

A majority of members of Parliament have elected a new speaker of Parliament.  This is a positive step in resolving the ongoing political impasse. The democratic process must be respected.

The authorities have a solemn responsibility to uphold the rule of law, and ensure the security of Parliament and its members at all times. Acts of violence like those we saw yesterday must not be allowed to happen again.

Source: NATO

NATO Press Release: NATO Secretary General meeting with the Prime Minister of Belgium


NATO Update

The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will meet the Prime Minister of Belgium, Mr. Charles Michel, at the Palais d’Egmont in Brussels on Tuesday, 2 May 2017.

There will be no media opportunity.

Still and video imagery of the meeting will be available on the NATO website after the event.

Source:NATO

NATO Press Release – NATO Secretary General to visit the Republic of Italy


NATO Update

The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will visit the Republic of Italy on Thursday, 27 April 2017 where he will meet with the President of the Council of Ministers, Mr. Paolo Gentiloni.

Media Advisory

± 16:30   Secretary General’s joint press conference with the President of the Council of Ministers – Palazzo Chigi

Still and video imagery of the visit will be available from the NATO website after the event.

Source: NATO

NATO Air Forces exercise Air Policing procedures during RAMSTEIN ALLOY 4


Dutch F-16 jets and German Eurofighters Typhoon jets flying in Exercise RAMSTEIN ALLOY 4. Picture by Cynthia Vernat Allied Air Command Public Affairs.
25 APR 2017
ŠIAULIAI,Lithuania – NATO’s two day live flying Exercise RAMSTEIN ALLOY 4 started over Lithuania on Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017. Until the following day, Allied Air Forces will practice drills and routines that are required to handle standard situations such as intercepting aircraft in distress, search and rescue events as well as command and control procedures. Aircraft from six different Allies, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Poland, Lithuania and the United States participated in this tri-annual training event. They were supported by a NATO AWACS aircraft and ground controllers from all three Baltic States.

RAMSTEIN ALLOY 4 serves to exercise Baltic Air Policing alert aircraft as well as to enhance relations and interoperability amongst allied Air Forces. Currently, detachments of the Airforces of the Netherlands and Germany are stationed in Lithuania and Estonia, ready to launch if any aircraft is operating in an unidentified, unusual or unsafe manner. Air Policing is a NATO wide air safety and security measure. Designated jets launch in response to military or civilian aircraft that don’t properly identify themselves, have not filed proper flight plans or lost communication with Air Traffic Control. Exercise RAMSTEIN ALLOY 4 provides the opportunity to train these procedures and drills with multiple Allies.

“I would like to pay tribute to the airmen and women of all nations who have supported this important mission” says Air Commodore Paddy Teakle, Deputy Commander of NATOS Airborne Early Warning and Control Force. “Through their efforts we have and will continue to keep the skies above us secure and safe to the benefit of us all” he added in his statement to invited journalists.

On day one of the exercise fighter jets of both Baltic Air Policing detachments, of the Royal Netherlands Airforce, based in Lithuania and of the German Airforce, based in Estonia, participated in a COMLOSS training event with a transport aircraft of the Lithuanian Airforce. A COMLOSS event is a real world scenario in which an aircraft loses communication with ground controls and requires identification or assistance in the air. Furthermore participants trained search and rescue procedures around a simulated aircrew ejection, involving a Lithuanian Search-and-Rescue helicopter. During so-called practice diversions military aircraft conducted low approaches to different airfields to train procedures and cooperation with local air traffic control. A NATO AWACS aircraft provided airborne command and control of the training flights. On the second day of the exercise, jets from NATO members Norway and Poland are going to enter the exercise log with a tanker of the US Airforce, providing the opportunity to train air to air refuelling.

The exercise is part of the tri-annual RAMSTEIN ALLOY series, regularly held to sharpen NATO wide standards of Air Policing procedures and interoperability. It is a sequel of the successful Baltic Region Training Event (BRTE) series, conducted over 20 times until its renaming to RAMSTEIN ALLOY in 2016. Baltic Air Policing detachments rotating every four months provides the opportunity to train with several different Allies in each exercise.

Source: NATO

By

  L. J. De Rothschild  

Senior Editor

NATO’s Allied Air Command welcomes F-35s to short stay in Baltic Region


U.S. Air Force two-ship of F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft visit Estonia for a quick out-and-back on Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017. – Photo by Estonia Air Force
25 APR 2017
ÄMARI, Estonia – The Ämari Air Base welcomed a United States Air Force two-ship of F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft on Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017 for a quick out-and-back deployment.
In the presence of the Estonian Minister of Defence, Margus Tsahkna, and the Commander of the Estonian Air Force, Colonel Jaak Tarien, the Deputy Commander of NATO’s Allied Air Command, Air Marshal Stuart Evans, helped welcome the United States Air Force’s most-advanced fighter aircraft, the F-35, to the Baltics.
“Alliance Air Power remains an essential element of NATO’s operational capabilities and continues to deliver a vital contribution to our success,” said Air Marshal Evans. “With seven NATO nations as F-35 partners, this platform provides a significant enhancement to the Air and Joint capabilities of the Alliance.”
The F-35’s enhanced situational awareness and integration capabilities, stealth technology and advanced avionics, communication and sensor fusion capabilities serve to amplify and enhance the combat effectiveness of NATO members’ existing aircraft. The F-35 training deployment demonstrates the commitment of Allied nations to the development and improvement of its operational capabilities to meet current and future security challenges.
With barely two hours on the ground, the F-35A fighter aircraft taxied for take-off again. They returned to RAF Lakenheath in the United Kingdom, where they are stationed during their deployment to conduct familiarisation flight training in Europe.
In the years to come, the F-35 will be more often seen helping secure NATO skies as the aircraft enters service with the US, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Source: NATO

By

  L. J. De Rothschild  

Senior Editor

NATO-Ukraine Commission addresses Ukraine’s reform agenda


Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, to NATO Headquarters on Tuesday (25 April 2017) for discussions on Ukraine’s reform agenda. In a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, Minister Klympush-Tsintsadze briefed Allies on Ukraine’s reform efforts and annual implementation plans.

The Vice Prime Minister for Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze visits NATO and meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

The Secretary General reaffirmed NATO’s strong support for Ukraine and thanked Kyiv for pursuing an ambitious reform agenda in the defence and security sector. He also expressed his condolences to the loved ones of the OSCE paramedic killed and those wounded in the explosion in eastern Ukraine on Sunday (23 April). He said that the incident underscored the need for the Minsk Agreements to be implemented in full. Allied ambassadors reiterated this message, stressing the importance of guaranteeing safety and freedom of movement for OSCE monitors. Allies also encouraged Ukraine to take reforms forward to strengthen its defence forces and democratic institutions, and tackle corruption.

Source: NATO

By

  L. J. De Rothschild  

Senior Editor

NATO jets start air patrols over Romania


Four Typhoon fighter aircraft from the British Royal Air Force arrived in Romania on Monday (April 24 2017) as part of NATO’s enhanced Air Policing mission. The air patrols will form an important part of the Alliance’s role to maintain security in the Black Sea region and demonstrate NATO’s unity and resolve in response to a more challenging security environment.

The Typhoon multi-role fighters from Royal Air Force 3 Fighter Squadron will be based at the Mihail Kogalniceanu Airbase in southeast Romania for four months. They’ll be working alongside the Romanian Air Force to conduct the NATO mission, similar to NATO’s Air Policing role in the Baltics.

NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu said, “This is an important mission which will help keep the skies over Romania safe. It’s just one of many measures NATO has taken to enhance our collective defence across the eastern part of the Alliance.  From the Black Sea to the Baltics, Allies are standing together. NATO is determined to defend any Ally against any threat.”

Following decisions taken by Allied Heads of State and Government at the Warsaw Summit in 2016, NATO is increasing its presence in the Black Sea region. On land, this presence is built around a Romanian-led multinational brigade.   Romania is a key NATO Ally and it makes valuable contributions to NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan and to the KFOR peacekeeping mission in Kosovo.

Source: NATO

By

  L. J. De Rothschild  

Senior Editor

DSACEUR attends welcome ceremony for eFP Battlegroup Estonia


APR 20, 2017
TAPA, Estonia – Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR), General Sir James Everard, attended the welcome ceremony of the UK- led enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Estonia, in Tapa on Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017.
“I am grateful to have the chance to welcome soldiers from different NATO countries in Estonia and I know that they are well prepared for this task and that they will do a brilliant job,” said General Everard.
The UK-led battlegroup in Estonia is made up of UK, French and Danish troops.
“NATO’s core idea is to defend every member nation in the case of an attack. This was written down in the Washington Treaty 68 years ago. Today NATO is the strongest most successful political-military Alliance in history,” said Sir Everard. “It has worked successfully to keep the peace in Europe and act to uphold international peace and security. Now we are opening the next chapter of that story,” he added.
NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroups are also deployed to Poland, Latvia and Lithuania as agreed during the NATO Warsaw Summit as part of NATO’s defence and deterrence posture.
Source: NATO
By
L. J. De Rothschild  
Senior Editor

NATO Press Release – NATO Deputy Secretary General to visit the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg


NATO Update

The NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ms. Rose Gottemoeller, will travel to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on Monday, 24 and Tuesday, 25 April 2017.

On 24 April, Ms. Gottemoeller will pay a visit to the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) located in Capellen where she will attend a meeting on Defence Policy Planning.

During her visit, the Deputy Secretary General will meet the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Mr. Etienne Schneider and the Defence Policy Director, Mr. Patrick Heck.

Preparations are well underway for NATO’s premier Missile Defence exercise in 2017


20 APR 2017
RAMSTEIN, Germany – In preparation for STEADFAST ARMOUR 17, NATO’s premier Missile Defence Exercise for 2017, running April 24 to 28, action officers are “burning the midnight oil” using NATO’s latest planning tool Air Command and Control Information System (AirC2IS).
With this integrated planning system NATO has an enhanced capability to plan coordinate and view Missile Defence Designs and display current events pertaining to Missile Defence.

Operators at HQ Allied Air Command and Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) will construct Missile Defence Designs to enable planning, and Operational decision making in support of deployed and simulated forces during the exercise.  This tool has the ability to link planners from different locations and to synchronise the display of information to be used at distributed commands.  The robust functionality and utility of the system will greatly support the hard efforts of the operators, when they are ‘put through their paces’.

NATO is assigned the task of providing overarching protection to the geographic territory and populations of the 28 member nations. NATO’s Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) capability is purely defensive. This exercise will further demonstrate NATO’s ability to integrate, plan and execute a complex BMD mission in defence of the Alliance.

Source: NATO

By

 L. J. De Rothschild  

Senior Editor