Tag Archives: NATO

The Russian Navy ‘Rebalances’ to the Mediterranean | U.S. Naval Institute

As NATO and the United States deprioritize a former strategic center of gravity, Russia eagerly moves in to fill the void. Amidst the flurry of diplomatic and political activity accompanying the Syrian crisis, the Russian Navy made a series of pronouncements, declaring on consecutive days that at least four warships, a spy ship, and a […]

Nato warship catches nine pirates | DefenceWeb

The Nato warship HDMS Esbern Snare caught nine suspected Somali pirates after boarding their skiffs yesterday, after an attack on a merchant vessel the day before. On Saturday the Danish flagged vessel Torm Kansas reported she was attacked unsuccessfully by pirates in the Indian Ocean, but the ship’s armed security team repelled the attack, according […]

NATO counter-piracy flagship hosts seaborne training | DefenceWeb

NATO’s counter-piracy Operation Ocean Shield flagship HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen has hosted seaborne training for students of the East African Standby Force (EASF) Maritime Task Force Command Training course (MTFCT). MTFCT is an initiative by Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland to provide training to officers from East African countries in aspects of military and law enforcement […]

Chinese, Russian, and NATO Warships Maneuver Off Syria | World Affairs Journal

The Jinggangshan, a 689-foot-long warship, has just cleared the Suez Canal and is now patrolling the eastern Mediterranean. Unconfirmed reports place other Chinese vessels in the area. Beijing says its ships are heading to Syria’s coast merely to “observe” American and Russian vessels, but a less benign interpretation is that the Jinggangshan is there to […]

UK ‘barely’ meeting Nato obligations, claims US senator – Defence Management

Britain’s continued ability to lead Nato missions and maintain “full-spectrum capability” after a series of defence cuts is of “critical concern”, the next US ambassador to London has warned. He was speaking to US senators in the aftermath of major cuts to the British armed forces, which include a reduction of 20,000 soldiers in the […]

NATO Commander meets Russian counterpart in the Gulf of Aden

Earlier today, Commodore Henning Amundsen, who currently commands NATO’s counter-piracy effort, Operation Ocean Shield, welcomed Captain first rank Ivan Kovalyov, Commander of the Russian Federation Baltic Fleet Task Group, on board the NATO flagship HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen. The meeting provided an opportunity for the two Commanders to discuss Naval Operations and in particular common procedures […]

Italian Navy Hands Over Command of NATO Counter-Piracy Operation to Norwegian Navy

Rear Admiral Antonio Natale, Italian Navy, handed over command of NATO Operation OCEAN SHIELD yesterday to Commodore Henning Amundsen, Norwegian Navy, in a brief ceremony aboard the Italian amphibious assault ship ITS SAN MARCO, concluding a very successful six month counter-piracy deployment. The hand-over officially went into effect early this morning.Over the course of the […]