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Stop NATO News: May 16, 2012

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Britain: Over 60 Fighter Jets In NATO Air Combat Exercise

NATO Moves Into Jordan

NATO Open Days To Be Held In Turkish Center In Bosnia

Albania: NATO’s Future Land Command Heads East, South

Peru: U.S. Navy Leads Multinational Exercise

NATO Chief Praises Georgian Outpost

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Britain: Over 60 Fighter Jets In NATO Air Combat Exercise

http://www.usafe.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123301156

U.S. Air Forces in Europe
May 15, 2012

Reapers take flight during Frisian Flag 2012
By Staff Sgt. Connor Estes
48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England: More than 60 fighter jets from nine countries participated in the Frisian Flag 2012 exercise at Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands, April 16 – 27, including F-15C Eagles from the 493rd Fighter Squadron.

The annual exercise is designed to bring fighter pilots from multiple nations together to work on interoperability, planning and execution.

“The 493rd FS participation in Frisian Flag was a tremendous success,” said Lt. Col. Mike Casey, 493rd FS commander. “The scenarios were challenging and the ability to integrate with NATO allies from several nations was a terrific opportunity.”

Capt. John Koegel, 493rd FS pilot, said Frisian Flag is the largest fighter exercise in Europe.

“The pilots learn about other nations’ capabilities and work together towards common tactical and operational standards,” Kogel added.

Frisian Flag first occured in 1992 and the amount of aircraft involved makes it similar to the Red Flag exercises held in the U.S.

“Frisian Flag is nicknamed ‘Red Flag – Europe’ due to its mission and focus being similar to the training we have at Nellis,” said Koegel.

Among the more than 60 aircraft involved were F-16s from the Netherlands, Poland, Norway and Belgium as well as F-18 Hornets from Finland, JAS-39 Gripens from Sweden, German and British Eurofighter Typhoons, U.S. and U.K. KDC-10 air tankers, a NATO AWACS airborne radar station and the F-15Cs from the 493rd FS.

“The 493rd FS participated in the exercise from Royal Air Force Lakenheath to test its ability to operate from a geographically separated location,” said Koegel. “The exercise tested the Reapers’ ability to safely and successfully participate in combat training scenarios with limited communication capabilities during the mission planning phase.”

Koegel added that the exercise proved U.S. and European allies are ready to deploy quickly and work together to employ lethal combat airpower.

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NATO Moves Into Jordan

http://www.act.nato.int/index.php/multimedia/archive/42-news-stories/1015-allied-command-transformation-extends-nato-relations-with-jordan

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Allied Command Transformation
May 14, 2012

Allied Command Transformation extends NATO relations with Jordan
Written by U.S. Army Major Robin L. Ochoa

NATO is all about expansion of friendships and the building of relationships. NATO’s Allied Command Transformation (ACT) plays a vital role on this path to future cooperation with non-NATO countries.

In an endeavour to provide more cost effective capabilities to the Alliance and Partner Nations, extend relationships and build upon an already positive atmosphere in the Mediterranean Region, NATO’s Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, Polish Army General Mieczyslaw Bieniek recently visited Jordan.

Bieniek met with Jordan’s Chief of Defence, Lieutenant General Marshal M. Al-Zaben and his assistant, Jordanian Prince, Lieutenant General Faisal Bin Al–Hussain and the meeting provided a great opportunity to discuss the country’s already good cooperation with ACT as well as future collaboration projects.

“The meetings provided a positive and enthusiastic exchange of information on enhancing the interactions between Jordan and NATO ACT,” said Bieniek. “Jordan is convinced that NATO is engaging well and has the right approach to cooperation, he added.

During the conversations, Al–Hussain expressed sincere interest from Jordan and touched upon the Smart Defence initiative which he believes can offer capabilities for the Alliance and its partners.

Bieniek was given a tour at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Centre, where he was introduced to the vision of the Jordanian King to build a Counterterrorism Centre of Excellence. US Major General (Retired) Harrell, General Manager of the Centre leads a group of diverse and hand-selected instructors and support staff drawn from the world’s most elite special operations units. Collectively, they have experience and skills learned over the last 35 years in combat operations from all over the world.

“My aim was to enhance the partnership through expanded and improved opportunities for partners in education and training,” said Bieniek. “I also thanked Al-Zaben and Al–Hussain for Jordan being one of the most reliable and active Mediterranean Dialogue (MD) Partners in NATO operations and activities, as well as being the first MD Nation with an Operational Capabilities Concept declaration (Mechanised Infantry Battalion).

“Jordan is a very positive actor in the region and is a nation which can improve regional security and stability,” said Bieniek as he also thanked them for their contribution in Afghanistan and their recent involvement in Operation Unified Protector in Libya.

Bieniek’s invited Jordan to attend NATO’s annual Strategic Military Partnership Conference and the Chiefs of Transformation Conference, both hosted by ACT.

“I am very convinced that the exchange of views and information will be of mutual benefit,” said Bieniek. “Overall, I found this visit a very interesting and successful one. I believe it also allowed also Jordan to better comprehend the most current trends of ACT and NATO work,” he said.

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NATO Open Days To Be Held In Turkish Center In Bosnia

http://www.aco.nato.int/nato-open-days-to-be-held-in-turkish-cultural-center–sarajevo-.aspx

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Allied Command Transformation
May 14, 2012

NATO OPEN DAYS TO BE HELD IN TURKISH CULTURAL CENTER, SARAJEVO

NATO OPEN DAYS is a five day event to be held 15 – 19 May, with the goal to provide to wider public more information about NATO Alliance, NATO integrations processes in BiH, activities of NATO HQ SARAJEVO in 2011/2012 period, and to mark 60th anniversary of Turkish membership in NATO.

Specifically, Open Days will engage students and academic community in public discussions on various NATO related topics.

In the light of NATO Chicago Summit in May, the whole event, and the opening event in particular will be an opportunity to share with general public and media information about the Summit, BiH’s participation in the event, including the current phase of NATO integrations processes in BIH.

During NATO Open Days, Turkish Cultural Center premises will offer:

1. Two separate exhibition floors, which will offer a photo exhibition of NATO HQ Sarajevo activities in 2011/2012 period, and a photo exhibition to present the NATO – Turkey relationship in past 60 years,

2. In the cinema hall (30 seat capacity) NATO movies will be screened daily, and the hall will be used for student lectures/round tables.

3. Event will be an opportunity to distribute various NATO promotion materials to the visitors and wider public.

PROGRAM:

EVENT TOPIC DATE AND TIME
Opening event
15 May 2012, 19:00 hrs – 21:00 hrs
Round Table/Lecture
“NATO and BiH”
“NATO’s fight against organised crime and terrorist groups”
“NATO and Gender”
16 May 2012, 12:00 – 13:00 hrs

Round Table/Lecture
“NATO and BiH”
“Role of Strategic Communications in NATO”
17 May 2012, 12:00 – 13:00 hrs
Round Table/Lecture
NATO’s New Strategic Concept
“Role of Strategic Communications in NATO”
18 May 2012, 13:00 – 14:30

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Albania: NATO’s Future Land Command Heads East, South

http://www.aco.nato.int/shaping-natos-future-land-command.aspx

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Allied Command Operations
May 15, 2012

SHAPING NATO’S FUTURE LAND COMMAND

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“When you look, in this world NATO is by far the best of the best that nations have because this transatlantic alliance is the grandeur, I do believe, the best international organization the western world has ever had,” said Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha’s during his visit.

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Attendees of 25 NATO, 10 PfP, 2 MD and 2 ICI countries are ready for the beginning of the 7th Allied Chief of the Army Staff Talks in Tirana, Albania on 9 May 2012.

General officers and their representatives from across 25 NATO countries and 10 Partnership for Peace countries gathered together to discuss NATO’s future at the Allied Chief of Army Staff Talks (ACAST)/Land Commanders Conference (LCC), 8 to 10 May in Tirana, Albania.

Additionally, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR), Albania’s Prime Minister, two Mediterranean Dialogue (MD) and two Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) countries and representatives from Allied Command Operations (ACO) and Allied Command Transformation (ACT) also attended.

“The people in this room represent the Land experts in NATO who are preparing to hand responsibility to the new land command in Izmir, Turkey,” said Lt. Gen. John W. Morgan III, Commander Allied Force Command Heidelberg. “The conference serves as an opportunity for NATO partners and countries of the NATO Command Structure and the NATO Force Structure to talk about further developing land capabilities.”

Commander of the General Staff of the Albanian Armed Forces, Maj. Gen. Xhemal Gjunkshi, started the first day of briefings by welcoming all to the conference.

“This conference is important proof of how NATO is working together in building structures,” said Gjunkshi. “NATO structures need training capabilities and new means to support these capabilities. Transformation is a process of putting this into order.”

Topics addressed on the first briefing day included Allied Command Operations transformation, the results of the Bi-Force Command Corps Commander’s Conference and post 2014 joint training policy and support.

“When you look, in this world NATO is by far the best of the best that nations have because this transatlantic alliance is the grandeur, I do believe, the best international organization the western world has ever had,” said Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha’s during his visit. “In Europe there are difficulties at the moment. NATO is a great organization with a great contribution to provide security in its place.”

Albania’s armed forces served as host for the ACAST, providing coordination, logistical support and working in close coordination with Allied Force Command Heidelberg.

After a morning of briefings and discussions, the participants had the chance to discover the roots of Albanian culture at the Skanderbeg castle in the town of Kruje. Later that evening, they participated in a formal dinner.

The main topic of the final day was training with NATO and the ACT and how training plays a crucial role in maintaining the land command’s and the NATO Response Force’s highly deployable status.

“Land Command Izmir will be the only structure that can be called upon with ultimate deployability not being reliant upon a specific country,” said DSACEUR, General Sir Richard Shirreff.

“ACAST was an important meeting for the NATO Command Structure, the NATO Force Structure and its nations because they looked in holistic ways at training, readiness and structure including the partner countries,” said Morgan. “To discuss the importance of training and working together and understanding one another in order to provide security that endures throughout Europe. It was indeed a success.”

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Peru: U.S. Navy Leads Multinational Exercise

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=67186

U.S. Navy
May 15, 2012

UNITAS Pacific Begins in Peru
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stuart Phillips, Southern Seas 2012 Public Affairs

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UNITAS will include live-fire exercises, a drone exercise, nighttime ship evolutions, tactical maneuvering, maritime interdiction operations, flight operations among other events and joint operations.

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CALLAO, Peru: Naval representatives from Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and the United States gathered in the Ricardo Palma auditorium at the Peruvian naval base to officially recognize the beginning of UNITAS Pacific (PAC) at an opening ceremony in Callao, Peru, May 14.

Leaders from each country’s navy took turns addressing the audience as the ceremony commenced.

Capt. Ace Van Wagoner, commander of Destroyer Squadron 40 and mission commander of UNITAS PAC, represented the U.S. Navy at the ceremony. After thanking Peru for hosting UNITAS PAC and for demonstrating hospitality and professionalism to the U.S., Van Wagoner spoke about the importance of UNITAS for everyone involved.

“This exercise is a renewed promise to enhance regional partnerships and promote hemispheric stability,” said Van Wagoner…

The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) is representing the U.S. Navy during UNITAS PAC. Underwood’s commanding officer, executive officer and command master chief also attended the ceremony.

UNITAS will include live-fire exercises, a drone exercise, nighttime ship evolutions, tactical maneuvering, maritime interdiction operations, flight operations among other events and joint operations.

U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) supports USSOUTHCOM joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence…in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.

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NATO Chief Praises Georgian Outpost

http://rustavi2.com/news/news_text.php?id_news=45465&pg=1&im=main&ct=0&wth=0

Rustavi 2
May 15, 2012

Rasmussen comments on Georgia

A few days before the NATO Chicago summit, Secretary General spoke about the top issues that will be discussed at the summit. Anders Fogh Rasmussen was questioned about Georgia, its aspiration to join the alliance and its contribution to the ISAF mission. Rasmussen hailed Georgia`s participation in the ISAF operation and praised the progress, which the country had in recent years.

The Chicago Summit will not be an enlargement summit, but we will definitely acknowledge the progress Georgia has achieved during recent years. We will acknowledge that progress in our declaration from the summit. We will also acknowledge Georgia`s contributions in a very visible way,` Rasmussen said.

According to Secretary General, Georgia will participate in three important meetings in Chicago. Georgia will participate in the ISAF meeting on Afghanistan. Georgia will participate in a special-partnership event, a gathering of 13 partners across the globe that contribute to NATO operations in a very significant way and Georgia is among these 13 partners and actually one of the largest contributors to our operation in Afghanistan.

And finally, Georgia will also participate in an aspirant-countries meeting at the level of foreign ministers.

`So it will be in a very visible way that we acknowledge what Georgia has achieved and what Georgia contributes to the trans-Atlantic alliance,` the Secretary General concluded.

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  1. Michael
    May 16, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    NATO & Turkish open days in Sarajevo?!
    I am lightheaded!
    Perhaps close relative of Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, a founder of WAFFEN SS HANDZAR MUSLIM Division of Bosnia opened this sordid event to continue the same path ….

  2. rosemerry
    May 16, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    “”Jordan is a very positive actor in the region and is a nation which can improve regional security and stability,” said Bieniek as he also thanked them for their contribution in Afghanistan and their recent involvement in Operation Unified Protector in Libya.”

    Sorry! after this I could not read further! Jordan is one of the most slimy,pro-USI “countries”in the ME, with King Playstation and Queen Youtube as well!
    (thanks to angry arab for the names)

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