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Stop NATO news: March 30, 2012


Australia: U.S. Can Station Aircraft Carriers, Nuclear Attack Submarines, Drones

Australia: NATO’s Main Military Partner In Asia-Pacific

Philippines Offers U.S. Wider Military Access, Seeks Weapons

Georgia Deploys Paramilitary Formations On Abkhaz Border: Russia

Armenia: NATO’s Third Outpost In The Caucasus

Cambodia: U.S. Completes Fourth Annual Military Exercise

Thailand: U.S. Ends Largest-Ever Annual Air Exercise

Pentagon Installs Comprehensive New Radar System In “Arabian” Gulf

NATO Trains Finnish, Swedish Warplane Crews For Baltic Operations

U.S. Sells Morocco 60 Howitzers, Trains Army In Their Use


Australia: U.S. Can Station Aircraft Carriers, Nuclear Attack Submarines, Drones


Agence France-Presse
March 29, 2012

US-Australia military co-operation stepped up in Asia-Pacific
Martin parry

Australia said yesterday it may allow the US to use its territory to operate long-range spy drones, as part of an increased US presence in the Asia-Pacific region that has rankled with China.

Washington and Canberra could also reportedly station US aircraft carriers and nuclear-powered attack submarines in the Western Australian city of Perth, as part of a major expansion of military ties.

Under the expansion, the first US Marines out of a 2500-strong deployment to Darwin in northern Australia — unveiled last November by President Barack Obama — are to arrive next month. The Marines plan has irked Beijing, but reassured some Asian countries who see it as a statement that Washington intends to stand up for its allies and interests in the region amid concerns about China’s assertiveness.

The Washington Post wrote that the US was considering using the Cocos Islands, atolls in the Indian Ocean off northwest Australia, to launch unmanned surveillance aircraft. The Cocos would replace the US Indian Ocean base of Diego Garcia, which America leases from Britain and which is to be mothballed in 2016.

The Washington Post said Australia’s government was considering upgrading Perth’s Stirling naval base “for deployments and operations in Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean by the US Navy”. The upgrade would reportedly help Stirling service large surface warships including US aircraft carriers, and attack submarines.

Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith said the priorities in closer co-operation were the rotation of Marines through Darwin, greater air access and more use of the Stirling base.


Australia: NATO’s Main Military Partner In Asia-Pacific


North Atlantic Treaty Organization
March 29, 2012

Australia, a Key Partner in NATO’s security mission

‘You are a highly appreciated partner and contributor’: these were the words of welcome and appreciation that the NATO Secretary General expressed to the group of visiting Australian parliamentarians at NATO Headquarters today. ‘In today’s world where the defence of our borders may take us far away, we realize that we cannot accomplish our security mission without our Partners around the Globe’, Mr. Rasmussen said. ‘In this respect, operations in Afghanistan and Australia’s considerable contribution to the International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan (ISAF) since 2006 are a ‘clear testimony of it” he added.

Australia is the largest non-NATO troop contributor in Afghanistan with 1,550 soldiers mainly deployed in Uruzgan province, a long contested area. Afghanistan, but also the forthcoming Chicago Summit, smart defence and NATO-Russia’s relations were amongst the issues of discussion between the parliamentarians and the Secretary General.

The Australian delegation included senators and members of the House of Representatives, representing both the governing Labor Party and opposition Liberal Party of Australia. Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon, MP, Australian Labour Party; Mr. Michael Danby, MP, Australian Labour Party; Senator Anne McEwen, Australian Labour Party, Ms. Nola Marino, MP, Liberal Party of Australia; Mr. Alex Hawke, MP, Liberal Party of Australia and Senator Gary Humphries, Liberal Party of Australia are key legislators interested in different aspects of defence and security in their home country.

The visit provided the participants with the opportunity of discussing the most important security issues of common interest with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and other high level NATO officials and experts, as well as from NATO’s highest military headquarters, Allied Command Operations. In addition to Afghanistan, discussions addressed the issues of emerging global security challenges, and the Alliance’s active engagement in a more efficient and flexible partnership…

NATO’s relations with Australia have fast developed during the past years, resulting in a structured, friendly and operational relationship. An important milestone in NATO-Australia relations was reached when – during his official visit to NATO in January 2012 -, Mr. Kevin Rudd, the then Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs accredited Ambassador Dr. Brendan Nelson as Australia’s representative to NATO.


Philippines Offers U.S. Wider Military Access, Seeks Weapons


March 29, 2012

Manila offers US wider military access, seeks weapons

MANILA: The Philippines is offering the United States greater access to its airfields and may open new areas for soldiers to use, as the Pacific country seeks stronger military ties with its closest ally, moves likely to further raise tensions with China.

In exchange for opening its bases, the Philippines will ask Washington for more military equipment and training, including another Hamilton-class warship and possibly a squadron of old F-16 jet fighters, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario told Reuters on Thursday. “As part of building up our minimum credible defence posture, we would like the Americans to come more often,” del Rosario said in an interview at his office near Manila Bay.

Manila favours more frequent joint military drills, he said. One such exercise, which will be staged on western island Palawan for the first time, is scheduled for April 16. “Let’s have these joint training exercises more frequently and on a bigger scale. As many times as we can, in different places if we can, that’s the objective of the exercise,” del Rosario said, the first official confirmation of talks between the countries on increasing the US military presence in the Philippines.

Del Rosario said the possible purchase of F-16s and the request for a third cutter for the coast guard would be among issues up for discussion at a meeting between the two sides on April 30 in Washington. The US is also looking into gaining access, under a “joint use” arrangement, to around half a dozen civilian airfields in the Philippines, where US transports, fighters and spy planes can land for repairs, refuelling and temporary deployment.

The talks, between among foreign and defence leaders, will precede a meeting between US President Barack Obama and Philippine President Benigno Aquino later this year. In the last 10 years, the Philippines has received about 22 billion pesos ($512.22 million) in US military aid, Del Rosario said.


Georgia Deploys Paramilitary Formations On Abkhaz Border: Russia


Trend News Agency
March 29, 2012

Russian Foreign Ministry: Georgia creates informal armed groups on border with Abkhazia

Georgia is creating informal armed groups in the border regions with Abkhazia, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told RIA Novosti following the nineteenth round of international discussions on security and stability in the South Caucasus, which was held in Geneva on Thursday.

“Since January, seven people were killed. There were some armed groups. This is confirmed by Georgian opposition politicians. The Georgian side in response to our statements traditionally tried to shift all the responsibility on to the Abkhaz side and provocations from the Russian side. But it sounded very unfounded and we with facts and figures showed that we control the situation, we know the specific places where that happens,” he said.


Armenia: NATO’s Third Outpost In The Caucasus


Public Radio of Armenia
March 29, 2012

NATO pledges support for further defense reforms in Armenia 

The annual meeting in Political and Partnerships Committee (PPC) + Armenia format was held at NATO headquarters on March 29.

The Armenian delegation, headed by First Deputy Defense Minister David Tonoyan, and representatives of NATO member and partner countries discussed the implementation of defense reforms in Armenia and the amendment of defense legislature.

The parties noted the considerable progress towards adoption of the new code of conduct of the Armed Forces, development of a new military education doctrine and the capacities of the peacekeeping forces.

The Alliance expressed readiness to continue to support the implementation of reforms in the fields of defense and security.


Cambodia: U.S. Completes Fourth Annual Military Exercise


Xinhua News Agency
March 24, 2012

U.S., Cambodian Military Drill Ends Successfully

The 12-day joint U. S., Cambodian military exercise Angkor Sentinel 2012 ended successfully on Friday.

The closing ceremony was held at the Training School for Multi- national Peacekeeping Forces in Kampong Speu province, about 48 kilometers west of Phnom Penh, under the presidency of the four- star general Chay Sang Yun, a secretary of state for the Cambodian Defense Ministry, and Jeff Daigle, Charge d’Affairs of the U.S. Embassy to Cambodia.

“The drill was a very good opportunity for Cambodian and U.S. military personnel to create closer friendship relations and to build better military ties between the two countries,” said Chay Sang Yun, adding that about 450 Cambodian armed forces joined the drill.

According to a press release from the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, the drill began from March 13 to 22 in Kampot and Kampong Speu provinces to cement the two countries’ military ties.

It said approximately 100 members of U.S. Army Pacific joined Cambodian armed forces in focusing on peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance operations, including a battalion exercise, a counter improvised explosives devices field exercise, medical civic actions projects to treat underserved rural inhabitants, and battlefield medical activities.

Angkor Sentinel is an annual, bilateral exercise sponsored by U. S. Army Pacific and hosted by the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, it said. This exercise marks the third anniversary of this…military exercise.


Thailand: U.S. Ends Largest-Ever Annual Air Exercise


U.S. Air Force
March 29, 2012

U.S., Thai service members conclude Cope Tiger
By Capt. David Herndon
Cope Tiger Public Affairs

-This year more than 1,900 airmen and civilians participated in the exercise, including approximately 430 U.S. service members. The exercise included a total of 92 aircraft and 34 air defense units, including U.S. platforms such as the C-130 Hercules, A-10 Thunderbolt II, C-17 Globemaster III and F-15 Eagle. Combined exercise leaders said this was the largest Cope Tiger bi-lateral freedom jump in its 18-year history.

UDON THANI, Thailand: More than 240 Thai and U.S. airmen and soldiers took part in a personnel drop over Lop Buri, Thailand, to close out this year’s Cope Tiger 2012 multilateral air exercise, which was held here March 12-23.

The mission between the U.S., Thailand and Singapore aimed to improve U.S. and Royal Thai Air Force abilities to inter-operate.

The jump personnel were transported by two U.S. Air Force C-17 aircrews from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and by two C-130 Hercules aircrews from Yokota Air Base, Japan.

The mobility Airmen were staged out of Udon Thani Royal Thai Air Base Base, Thailand, and readied the transport aircraft for static line and high-altitude/low-opening procedures…

This year more than 1,900 airmen and civilians participated in the exercise, including approximately 430 U.S. service members. The exercise included a total of 92 aircraft and 34 air defense units, including U.S. platforms such as the C-130 Hercules, A-10 Thunderbolt II, C-17 Globemaster III and F-15 Eagle. Combined exercise leaders said this was the largest Cope Tiger bi-lateral freedom jump in its 18-year history.

“This was the ultimate training environment to practice the execution of a complex scenario with multiple weapon systems, users and methods of aerial delivery,” said Monaco.

Cope Tiger is an annual, multilateral joint and combined field training exercise that takes place at Korat and Udon Thani Royal Thai Air Force Bases. The exercise aims to enhance readiness and combined/joint interoperability between U.S. forces, allies and partners within the Asia-Pacific region. Exercise scenarios concluded March 23 and redeployment of personnel and aircraft continue this week.


Pentagon Installs Comprehensive New Radar System In “Arabian” Gulf


U.S. Air Force
March 28, 2012

New radar helps Airmen defend Arabian Gulf
By Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Grewe
727th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron

SOUTHWEST ASIA: Airmen defending the Arabian Gulf have another arrow in their quiver thanks to a new radar system installed at the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing here March 18.

The TPS-75, or “Tipsy-75” as the 727th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron calls it, is a powerful air surveillance radar capable of providing long-range, real-time radar coverage.

Airmen assigned to the 727th EACS use the TPS-75 to provide 24-hour air defense and surveillance for unknown threats over the entire Arabian Gulf region. The new system gives the radar operators both a bigger and more detailed picture as they monitor all aerial activity in the area.

“Our job is to constantly watch the skies,” said Lt. Col. Steven A. Breitfelder, the 727th EACS commander. “Our operators defend the Arabian Gulf and its surrounding countries by monitoring the area for enemy aircraft.”

The 727th EACS set a goal for increased radar coverage to improve their current mission capabilities. Airmen began looking and coordinating with the host nation in January to find a suitable site able to support the TPS-75.


NATO Trains Finnish, Swedish Warplane Crews For Baltic Operations


North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Allied Command Operations
March 29, 2012


Šiauliai: The eleventh sequel of the Baltic Region Training Event (BRTE XI) was completed on 28 March when all assets involved in the event were safely back at their home bases. The two-day training event brought together German Phantom fighter aircraft and Swedish Gripen as well as Finnish Hornet jets in the Baltic region to execute a scenario where a Lithuanian Spartan transport aircraft simulated a loss of communication above international waters in the Baltic Sea.

“This has been another excellent occasion to train important procedures for NATO’s Air Policing in the Baltic region,” sums up Lieutenant Colonel Holger Radmann, commander of the German F-4F Phantom detachment tasked with executing this NATO mission at Šiauliai air base, Lithuania. “The participation of the Partnership for Peace (PfP) members Sweden and Finland was another realistic facet that allowed us to train handover procedures across national borders.”

For the representative of the Lithuanian host nation, Colonel Antanas Jucius, it has been a pleasure to host BRTE XI at Siauliai.

Colonel Jucius underlined the joint effort during the BRTE, where Germany provided the fighter aircraft, the Baltic countries ensured command and control and the Partner nations helped to bring back safely the aircraft that simulated the loss of communication. “We must train to be proficient in these procedures.”


U.S. Sells Morocco 60 Howitzers, Trains Army In Their Use


U.S. Africa Command
March 26, 2012

U.S. Soldiers Observe Training at Moroccan Field Artillery Center
By Sergeant Terysa M. King
U.S. Army Africa Public Affairs

MOROCCO: In order to help improve the security of Morocco, 20 members of the 15th Royal Artillery Group purchased approximately 60 armored vehicles called M109A5 howitzers through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.

At the request of the Royal Moroccan Field Artillery Training Center, an artillery tactics military-to-military exercise was executed in the cities of Fes and Guercie, March 4-10, 2012 to help provide the Moroccan soldiers with training on the maintenance, safety and firing of the M109A5 system.

The M109A5 howitzer is an armored vehicle that is easily customized for specific mission requirements. It is the most common support weapon of maneuver brigades of armored and mechanized infantry divisions.


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  1. rosemerry
    March 30, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Thanks Rick for a jolly article to us all today! Australia a disgusting poodle, Philippines begging for more arms, Cambodia (bombed by the US to complete destruction via Kissinger) now works with the US/NATO, China is blamed for its success and called names, while it has attacked NO country this century or interfered in their affairs.
    STOP NATO!!!

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