Friday, March 29, 2013

Military-to-Military Engagement Increases Maritime Law Enforcement Capabilities




Coast Guard and Navy personnel from Cape Verde, United Kingdom and the United States took part in a maritime law enforcement engagement in coordination with Cape Verde's maritime operations center (MOC), March 16-24.
The engagement, taking similar shape as the African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership program, gave Cape Verdean naval personnel the opportunity to ensure maritime security in their territorial waters with mentorship from their U.K. and U.S. counterparts. 
Cape Verdean boarding team members embarked Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll (F231) while Cape Verdean patrol boat Guardio (P 511) patrolled the waters in the same vicinity. The two ships' objective was to conduct boardings of merchant vessels in order to detect potential illegal fishing and smuggling activities. 
"The purpose of these types of military engagements is to help our African partners learn to enforce their international maritime laws at sea," said U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Adam Chamie, liaison to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet. "This engagement demonstrated the increasing ability of Cape Verde's ability to successfully board vessels as needed to enforce those maritime laws." 
Argyll's commanding officer expressed similar sentiments of the engagement's impact. 
"The ability to control the seas helps counter illicit activity such as the trafficking of drugs and illegal fishing," said Royal Navy Cmdr. Tim Neild, Argyll commanding officer. "This engagement has served as an excellent opportunity to work alongside the Cape Verdean authorities to enhance maritime security in this vital region of the world."
In addition to the at-sea activities, various agencies throughout Europe representing the maritime analysis and operations center (MAOC) in Lisbon, Portugal conducted subject matter exchanges with members of Cape Verde's MOC, the Centro de Operaes de Segurana Martima (COSMAR). Participants discussed best practices of maritime law enforcement inter-agency. 
"Inter-agency communication is critical to maritime law enforcement," said Chamie. "Part of our goal is to illustrate that sharing information is more effective than working as independent agencies."
Also occurring during the maritime patrol, personnel aboard Guardio and Argyll conducted a two-day training exchange with an emphasis on enhancing boarding skills. 
"The techniques used by Cape Verde for boarding vessels are similar to the ones that the U.S. Coast Guard uses," said Chamie. "Guardio is a new and capable vessel, and their boarding team was highly motivated to demonstrate their proficiency."
U.S. military support for this engagement included two Coast Guard boarding officers and one Navy linguist embarked on Argyll, and two Coast Guard operation's specialists assisting with MOC operations in Cape Verde.
The law enforcement engagement is a function of Africa Partnership Station (APS), a program that aims to strengthen maritime partnerships and to improve safety and security in Africa. Since 2008, law enforcement engagements have served to increase African partners' ability to curtail illicit smuggling and other maritime threats. 

USS Chancellorsville Completes Combat Systems Upgrades

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) pulls out of San Diego Harbor for a training exercise.
SAN DIEGO (March 25, 2013) The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) pulls out of San Diego Harbor for a training exercise. Chancellorsville is attached to the Reagan Carrier Strike Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Feddersen/Released)

Naval Sea Systems Command completed the first-ever Air Defense Cruiser Aegis Baseline 9 combat systems upgrade for USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), March 29.
The upgrade, part of the Navy's Cruiser Modernization program, began in April 2012 at BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair Facility and was completed following combat systems testing and sea trials.
"With its newly enhanced air defense capability, USS Chancellorsville will be one of the most powerful warships operating in the fleet today," said Capt. Ted Zobel, program manager for the Cruiser Modernization program in NAVSEA's Surface Warfare Directorate. "The team supporting this combat systems modernization is returning a more capable ship to the fleet, enhancing the Navy's ability to meet mission requirements." 
The Cruiser Modernization program is designed to upgrade in-service ships to keep pace with evolving threats while enabling ships to meet service life requirements and future operational commitments. Cruiser modernization enhances overall combat systems capability through numerous system improvements. 
The Baseline 9 upgrades installed on board USS Chancellorsville include an overall Aegis Weapon System upgrade coupled with an improved Cooperative Engagement Capability, an AN/SPQ-9B integrated for anti-missile defense, AN/SQQ-89A(V)15 upgrades and a gun weapon system upgrade that includes installation of two 5"/62 caliber gun mounts, the Electro-Optical Sighting System and the MK 160 Fire Control System. 
In addition, the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile will be introduced aboard all modernized cruisers while SM-6 and Navy Integrated Fire Control Counter Air capability is introduced aboard the baseline three (CG 59-64) and four (CG 65-73) cruisers. The combination of these upgrades allows for improved capability across the majority of the cruiser's mission areas. 
USS Chancellorsville received a hull, mechanical and electrical upgrade in 2007 that improved the material condition of the ship, replaced obsolete equipment, improved quality of life and reduced total ownership costs through technology insertion. 
The ship will next undergo combat system ship qualification trials beginning in April. This period will include post-availability underways that will include both live and simulated firing events as well as Baseline 9 developmental and integrated test events. The ship is expected to rejoin the fleet in June 2014.
NAVSEA's Surface Warfare Directorate manages the complete lifecycle support for all non-nuclear surface ships and is the principal interface with the Surface Warfare Enterprise. The directorate is responsible for the maintenance and modernization of non-nuclear surface ships currently operating in the fleet. Through planned modernization and upgrade programs, the directorate will equip today's surface ships with the latest technologies and systems to keep them in the fleet through their service lives.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

HII Welcomes USS Abraham Lincoln to Newport News Shipbuilding



NEWPORT NEWS March 28, 2013 - Huntington Ingalls Industries welcomed the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) to its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division today, following a six-week delay in its arrival. Lincoln was originally scheduled to arrive Feb. 14 for its refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH), but it was among the Navy projects delayed due to uncertainties surrounding the defense budget and funding of the work.
The ship's transit to NNS is being funded under a planning contract.
"We are pleased Congress passed, and the president signed, this important legislation, which enabled the Navy and Newport News Shipbuilding to move the Lincoln to our shipyard today and begin the RCOH," NNS President Matt Mulherin said. "Most importantly, this provides continued job security and stability for our workforce and provides continuity of our RCOH programs, which contribute so significantly to the defense of our great nation."
NNS' overhaul team began working on the ship at the Navy base in Norfolk and made progress prior to Lincoln's arrival at NNS.
"The ship-shipyard team has worked hard to prepare the ship for a successful start to refueling complex overhaul," said Capt. Karl Thomas, the ship's commanding officer. "Since our Norfolk arrival in August, I've been very pleased with the energy of the entire Newport News shipyard, Supervisor of Shipbuilding and Lincoln crew. We're committed to getting this project off on the right foot, completing it on time, and getting the ship modernized and back into the fleet ready to serve."
The RCOH represents 35 percent of all maintenance and modernization in an aircraft carrier's 50-year service life. Lincoln's RCOH will include the refueling of the ship's reactors, as well as extensive modernization work to more than 2,300 compartments, 600 tanks and hundreds of systems. In addition, major upgrades will be made to the flight deck, catapults, combat systems and the island.

Philippine Navy Signs Contract For Three AW109 Power Helicopters


AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the signing of a contract with the Philippine Navy for three AW109 Power maritime helicopters plus two options. The helicopters will be used for a wide range of naval missions including economic zone protection, surface surveillance, SAR and maritime security. The aircraft will be delivered in 2014 and will operate from both shore and ship bases. The contract includes initial logistics support and training for aircrew and maintenance personnel.

Vincenzo Alaimo, AgustaWestland’s Head of Regional Sales for SE Asia, said “We are delighted that the Philippine Navy has selected the AW109 Power as part of its armed forces modernisation programme after an extensive evaluation of competing types. The AW109 Power’s multi-role abilities and high performance will provide the Philippine Navy with an enhanced maritime operational capability.”

The AW109 Power is a three-tonne class eight seat helicopter powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW206C engines with FADEC. The spacious cabin is designed to be fitted with a number of modular equipment packages for quick and easy conversion between roles. The aircraft’s safety features include a fully separated fuel system, dual hydraulic boost system, dual electrical systems and redundant lubrication and cooling systems for the main transmission and engines. The AW109 Power has established itself as the world’s best selling light-twin helicopter for maritime missions. The AW109 Power’s superior speed, capacity and productivity combined with reliability and ease of maintenance make it the most cost effective maritime helicopter in its class. For shipboard operations the aircraft has a reinforced-wheeled landing gear and deck mooring points as well as extensive corrosion protection measures. The ability to operate from small ships in high sea state enables the AW109 Power to perform its mission when many others helicopters would be confined to the ship’s hangar. Over 550 AW109 Power and AW109 LUH helicopters have been ordered for commercial, parapublic and military applications by customers in almost 50 countries.

CTF 151 and Indonesian Navy conduct first joint exercise at sea


Ships from the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and the Indonesian Navy conducted their first joint exercise in the Gulf of Aden earlier this week.
The Royal Navy frigate HMS Northumberland, currently on maritime security duties as part of Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151), and the Indonesian corvette KRI Diponegoro performed a series of anti-piracy drills during the sea phase of the exercise.
HMS Northumberland's Commanding Officer, Cdr Paddy Dowsett RN, bids KRI  Diponegoro farewell
HMS Northumberland’s Commanding Officer, Cdr Paddy Dowsett RN, bids KRI Diponegoro farewell after a successful exercise.
Meanwhile, staff officers from both forces met in Salalah, Oman for a programme of professional exchanges and discussions aimed at building the relationship between  CMF and the Indonesian Navy.
CTF 151’s Commander, Rear Admiral Giam Hock Koon, Republic of Singapore Navy, also took the opportunity to visit KRI Diponegoro whilst she was alongside in Salalah.
During his visit, Rear Admiral Giam noted that many of the world’s established navies, including the Indonesian Navy, continue to maintain a keen interest in keeping vital Sea Lines of Communications such as the Gulf of Aden safe from piracy
He said: “The Indonesian Navy has vast experience in protecting the waters of its extensive archipelago, and has achieved much success in maritime security partnerships with Singapore and other navies.”
These partnerships include initiatives such as the Indonesia-Singapore Coordinated Patrol and the Malacca Straits Patrol.
KRI Diponegoro from HMS Northumberland
KRI Diponegoro from HMS Northumberland
Commander Paddy Dowsett, Royal Navy, Commanding Officer of HMS Northumberland, was pleased with the way the exercise was conducted.  He said, “The exercise with KRI Diponegoro was very beneficial for all involved. She is a well-handled warship and is a credit to the Indonesian Navy.”
Lieutenant Colonel Hersan, Indonesian Navy, echoed these sentiments and expressed delight at the opportunity to exercise with CTF 151 for the first time.
He said, “It is indeed our honour and pride to be able to have this opportunity to work with an experienced warship such as HMS Northumberland.”

Rockwell Collins conducts Critical Design Review for CRIIS program


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (March 28, 2013) – Rockwell Collins has conducted a successful Critical Design Review (CDR) with the U.S. Air Force, and has been approved to begin the integration, test, and pre-production phase of the Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System (CRIIS) program. Rockwell Collins is the prime contractor and systems integrator for the next-generation military test range system that will replace the Advanced Range Data System currently in use at major U.S. military test ranges. CRIIS will support weapon system testing for a variety of platforms, including advanced aircraft, and could also support testing of ships, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles and ground vehicles.
The program fulfills critical Department of Defense requirements to provide Time, Space, Position Information (TSPI), additional platform test data, and employs a more robust, spectrally efficient data link capable of multiple levels of encryption.
“Our design provides significant improvement in position accuracy and data link throughput while adding system-level security,” said Tommy Dodson, vice president and general manager of Surface Solutions for Rockwell Collins.
He added that the CRIIS program leverages the company’s strength in GPS, high throughput data links, Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS) encryption and open systems architecture.
“One key to the successful CDR was early system integration and performance testing using prototype hardware, providing insight not usually gained until much later in a program,” said Dodson.  “This early system-level testing provided the customer with additional understanding of the maturity of the design.”
Customers attending the CDR also participated in technical demonstrations that highlighted the team’s progress on critical TSPI, data link, encryption, information assurance and system control functionality.
A CDR is conducted to determine that the detailed design satisfies the performance and engineering requirements of the development specification and to establish the detailed design compatibility between the item and other items of equipment, facilities, computer programs, and personnel. A CDR also serves to assess producibility and program risk areas and to review the preliminary product specifications.

Last Type 42 Deployment Ends

HMS Edinburgh returns to Portsmouth


The 30-year-old warship has spent the last six months patrolling the Atlantic. She decommissions in June - having clocked up 793,345 miles - as the Type 42s make way for the new-generation Type 45s.
Edinburgh left her home port of Portsmouth in September for routine operations across the North and South Atlantic in support of British interests worldwide. She carried out maritime security operations around the British South Atlantic Islands and supported counter narcotics efforts off West Africa. The deployment included many exotic goodwill port visits in South Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas.
Edinburgh’s Commanding Officer, Commander Nick Borbone, said: “Returning home after a long period of operations is always a special event and, as the ship’s company is reunited with families and friends after six months away, they can reflect on a job well done and take some well deserved leave.
“However, as this also marks the end of the operational life of the Type 42 destroyer, this deployment has been particularly poignant for all of us on board. I am extremely proud of the way the team in Edinburgh has, through sheer commitment and dedication, upheld the reputation that this exalted class has earned over the past four decades and also upheld the reputation of the Royal Navy in the protection of UK interests worldwide.”
Built by Cammell Laird at Birkenhead, Edinburgh was launched in April 1983 and commissioned in December 1985. Her first deployment was to the Arabian Gulf in 1987, escorting numerous merchant ships safely through the region.
The following year HRH The Duke of York joined as one of the ship’s officers, serving on board during a six-month round-the-world deployment. In 1996 Edinburgh rescued the crew of a crippled sailing boat while on patrol in the Gulf. She despatched her Lynx helicopter to rescue all nine Pakistani crewmen from the vessel after it took on water in stormy conditions and eventually sank.
She took part in the second Gulf War in 2003, supporting Royal Marines ashore and acting as escort to the helicopter carrier HMS Ocean. The following year Edinburgh deployed to the Mediterranean and was involved in Operation Active Endeavour, monitoring sea lanes as part of the war on terror. And in 2008 during operations in the Gulf she seized a drugs cargo – stashed on board a sailing boat - worth several million pounds. 
Edinburgh entered refit in 2010 and spent most of the following year in the South Atlantic before returning there during her final overseas deployment.
Type 42 air defence destroyers have been the backbone of the Royal Navy’s fleet since the first – HMS Sheffield – was commissioned in 1975. Edinburgh was the 14th and final Type 42 to enter service.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

This Week in Naval History



28 Mar 1848: USS Supply reached Bay of Acre

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On 28 March 1848, USS Supply, commanded by Lieutenant William F. Lynch, reached the Bay of Acre, anchoring under Mount Carmel near the village of Haifa, during expedition to explore the Dead Sea and the River Jordan. Note, Lynch's report of the exploration is still used by scholars as a source of information on the Dead Sea area.

29 Mar 1863: US Navy activity during the Civil War


On 29 March 1863, during the Civil War, USS Norwich, commanded by Commander Duncan, evacuated Jacksonville, Florida after destroying most of the city. Also on this date, USS South Carolina, commanded by Commander John J. Almy captured the schooner Nellie off Port Royal, South Carolina.

30 Mar 1991: USS Princeton awarded Combat Action Ribbon


On 30 March 1991, USS Princeton (CG-59) and crew were awarded the Combat Action Ribbon in recognition of the superior and arduous work the crew put in to keep the ship in war-fighting status following the 18 February mining of the ship where three crew members were injured and the ship’s propeller was damaged during Operation Desert Storm. Long since repaired, Princeton now serves with the Pacific Fleet as part of Carrier Strike Group 11.

31 MAR 1854: Treaty of Kanagawa


On 31 Mar 1854, Commodore Matthew Perry negotiated the Treaty of Kanagawa, opening trade between U.S. and Japan. In Jul 1853, Perry’s squadron arrived at Uraga Channel, Edo Bay (Tokyo Bay) and delivered President Fillmore’s message about opening trade. Returning for an answer in Feb 1854, Perry initially went ashore on 8 Mar and after additional meetings the treaty was signed on the 31st. Note, the treaty also provided protection for American merchant seamen wrecked in Japanese waters.

1 Apr 1893: Chief Petty Officers were established


On 1 April 1893, Chief Petty Officers were established by Navy General Order 409, which was authorized by an Executive Order by President Benjamin Harrison on 25 February 1893.

2 Apr 1951: 1st US Navy use of a jet fighter as a bomber

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On 2 April 1951, two F9F-2B Panthers of VF-191, each loaded with four 250- and two 100-pound general-purpose bombs, were catapulted from Princeton for an attack on a railroad bridge near Songjin, North Korea. This mission was the first US Navy use of a jet fighter as a bomber.

3 Apr 1797: 1st known American signal book issued

Truxtun's Signal Flags, 1797.

April 1797, Captain Thomas Truxtun issued the first known American signal book using a numerary system entitled, “Instructions, Signals, and Explanations, Ordered for the United States Fleet”. Of note, the volume contains approximately two hundred and ninety signals, with fog signals indicated by gun and musket fire and night signals by lanterns and gunfire.

97 Australia bound Persons intercepted in Southeastern Seas


Sri Lanka Navy intercepted 97 persons illegally bound for Australia in a multi-day trawler in the early hours of 27th March 2013. The trawler named “Sumudu Putha” was intercepted by a Sri Lanka Navy’s Fast Naval Patrol Craft in the South-eastern seas.

Among the arrested persons are 39 males, 18 females and 40 children. They are residents of Batticaloa, Ampara, Puttalam, Badulla, Mannar, Killinochchi, Chilaw and Negombo. They were brought to Oluwil Harbour to be handed over to the CID for further investigations.

General Dynamics Awarded $26 Million for MK46 Naval Weapon Systems




General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a $25.7 million contract to produce eight MK46 30mm Naval Weapon Systems for the U.S. Navy for use on San Antonio-class (LPD-17) ships and the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) class.
The MK46 30mm Naval Weapon System is an all-weather, day/night, fully stabilized weapon system. Its lightweight, modular and compact size makes it an ideal candidate for numerous anti-surface and anti-air defense applications.  The system's family of turrets represents a balance of lethality, performance, reliability and versatility, and it is one of the most cost-effective medium-caliber weapon systems.  General Dynamics has delivered 30 MK46 systems to the Navy since 2005.  It is the main deck gun for LPD-17 ships and is the secondary gun battery for Littoral Combat Ships.
Work will be performed by the existing workforce at General Dynamics Land Systems facilities in Woodbridge, Va.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Lima, Ohio; Westminster, Md.; Sterling Heights, Mich.; and Scranton, Pa.  Deliveries are scheduled to begin in September 2014.
"General Dynamics Land Systems is committed to providing cost-effective mission-critical products and services to the Navy's surface warfare fleet," said Michael Bolon, senior vice president, U.S. Marine Corps and Navy business sector at General Dynamics Land Systems.  "The MK46 gun system's open architecture software supports stand-alone and integrated variants for multiple uses and maximum flexibility."

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Government contract to deliver faster, state of the art search and rescue fleet


Department for Transport has signed a contract with Bristow Helicopters Ltd to provide search and rescue helicopter services in the UK.
A new £1.6 billion contract for search and rescue helicopter services will see the UK benefit from improved flying times and better coverage of high-risk areas.
The Department for Transport has today signed a contract with Bristow Helicopters Ltd to provide search and rescue helicopter services in the UK. Helicopters will be able to reach a larger area of the UK search and rescue region within one hour of take off than is currently possible, and based on historic incident data it is estimated that there will be an overall improvement in flying times to incidents of around 20% (from 23 to 19 minutes). Presently, approximately 70% of high and very high risk areas within the UK search and rescue region are reachable by helicopter within 30 minutes. Under the new contract, approximately 85% of the same area would be reached within this timeframe.
Today’s announcement represents a major investment by the government in providing a search and rescue helicopter service using the most up to date helicopters and meeting the highest professional standards.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:
Our search and rescue helicopter service plays a crucial role, saving lives and providing assistance to people in distress on both land and on sea.
With 24 years of experience providing search and rescue helicopter services in the UK, the public can have great confidence in Bristow and their ability to deliver a first class service with state-of-the-art helicopters.
Under the new contract, 22 state of the art helicopters will operate from 10 locations around the UK.
  • Ten Sikorsky S92s will be based, 2 per site, at Stornoway and Sumburgh, and at new bases at Newquay, Caernarfon and Humberside airports
  • Ten AgustaWestland AW189s will operate, 2 per site, from Lee on Solent and a new hangar at Prestwick airport, and new bases which will be established at St Athan, Inverness and Manston airports
All bases will be operational 24 hours a day.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Volunteer work aboard WWII destroyer impacts community, sailors



Volunteer work aboard WWII destroyer impacts community, sailors

Logistics Specialist 1st Class Matthew Ward, assigned to Navy Operational Support Center Shreveport, throws a line up to the USS Orleck Naval Museum in order to secure a barge into position next to the ship in Lake Charles, La., March 16, 2013. Sailors from the NOSC accomplished chipping, priming, grinding and painting projects on the Orleck as a service to the museum and it's visitors as well as providing a training opportunity for the sailors. (U.S. Navy Photo by Electronics Technician 1st Class Timothy Butler/Released)
SHREVEPORT, La. - Sailors assigned to Navy Operational Support Center Shreveport teamed up with the staff of decommissioned destroyer Orleck (DD 886) museum to help perform maintenance and renovations to the World War II destroyer in Lake Charles, La., March 16-17.

Over a dozen sailors from the NOSC volunteered at the ship completing multiple tasks including moving a barge alongside the ship to repair corrosion, accomplishing chipping, grinding, priming and painting projects throughout the ship and relocating more than 30 berthing racks.

According to Ron Williams, executive director for the Orleck Association, the work performed by the sailors impacts the local community by making the ship more accessible to visitors, increasing interest in Navy history and inspiring the next generation of sailors.

“You get a real appreciation for history, what has gone before,” said Williams. “People who don’t have a background in the military or the Navy or the other services learn something from our volunteers here.”

In 2010 the ship opened as a museum telling the Navy’s history and educating local Boy Scouts, Sea Cadets and school groups by allowing them to experience life onboard a ship.

“Boy Scout groups come out to visit and a lot of school groups come out,” said Williams. “One day, in about a three-hour period, we hosted about 250 of them.”

“The local Sea Cadet squadron, they come out here and train on the ship, firefighting training and things like that, but they also come out and do team building and leadership training,” he said.

“It’s really neat to see these kids come out and learn things and have a great time,” he said.

According to Williams the museum opened to the public in April 2011 at its temporary berth.

“Major fundraising is ongoing to build a dock on the lakefront next to Interstate Highway 10 where 60,000 vehicles a day will pass in view of the ship,” Williams said.

"We have tours during the day and laser tag in the evening,” he said. “When we get to the lakefront we will also have overnight stays like the other historic ships,"

"So it's going to be pretty much a 24-hour operation," he said.

“We are confident we can do it,” said Williams. “It’s going to be a major business, nonprofit business, for our town.”

“I personally think it’s going to be a big deal,” he said.

The history of the ship attracts visitors from the Southern Louisiana and Southeastern Texas area that have connections with the shipyard in Orange Texas where the Orleck was built.

“It’s been a great impact on telling the story of not only the period and the men who served on her, but also there’s a story about ship building because many of our family members worked at the shipyard during World War II,” Williams said.

“I look at the Orleck as a national treasure, such a wonderful rich history,” he said. “We have family members that come aboard that say their father worked there or their mother worked there.”

During the visit, members of the Orleck museum staff and volunteers were present including Navy veterans who had served aboard the ship when it was active.

Electronic Technician 1st Class Timothy Butler, a volunteer from the NOSC, said, “Talking to the Navy veterans was more fulfilling than any History Channel documentary.”

“Hearing first hand accounts of everything from World War II beach landings to the blockade during the Cuban Missile Crisis were major highlights of the weekend,” he said.

The Orleck was decommissioned in 1982 after 36 years of active duty with the U.S. Navy, entering service at the conclusion of World War II and serving in the Korean War and Vietnam War.

After decommissioning, the Orleck was sold to Turkey and continued service for another seventeen years, to include serving in the first Gulf War in 1990, until it was returned to the United States to be used as a museum.

Machinist Mate 1st Class Ryan Case, a volunteer from the NOSC, sees potential in the Orleck as a future training opportunity.

“This is something NOSC Shreveport needs to start doing several times a year,” he said. “This helps sailors sharpen up on their skills.”

“The Orleck staff was grateful of the expertise the sailors brought, not to mention the training our sailors were able to receive while doing this work,” said Case.

“The trip was mutually beneficial,” said Butler. “We provided these guys with the kinds of man power they can use to accomplish some of their larger projects while exposing our sailors to some of the same kinds of work they can expect in the fleet.”

“We got a little bit of everything on this excursion, from Military Heritage to Safety on board a Navy vessel and reintroduction to coffin locker life,” he said. “It was hands down the best drill weekend experience of my Reserve career.”

Butler also agreed that returning to the Orleck would be beneficial.

“I think it would be immensely positive if there were some way to be able to turn this into a Remote Training Site for NOSC Shreveport,” he said.

The goal of visiting the Orleck was to provide skilled labor and expertise to help refurbish the museum, but in the end, the trip benefited the sailors as much as the museum.

“The civilians in charge were so thankful for our help and the sailors were so thankful for the opportunity,” said Butler. “It just seems like a match made in heaven.”

To learn more about the USS Orleck museum, visit www.orleck.org.


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ROSOBORONEXPORT to Show Unique Military Equipment in Malaysia


In the period from 26th to 30th March 2013 the island of Langkawi, Malaysia, hosts LIMA 2013, the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition, at which Rosoboronexport will present advanced samples of Russian military equipment to its Asian partners.
Russia has been exhibiting at the defence shows held in the island of Langkawi since 1991. It was from the very beginning that Russia offered its full support to the LIMA exhibition, which eventually became one of the largest authoritative defence trade events in the Asia Pacific region and a major venue for discussing prospects of military technical cooperation.
"In 2012 the most significant amount of Russia's defence-related exports went to Asia Pacific countries which received 43 percent of our total foreign military sales, - noted Victor Komardin, deputy director general of Rosoboronexport and head of the joint Rostec/Rosoboronexport delegation to the LIMA 2013 exhibition. - It is an objective process, since developing nations in the Asia Pacific vitally need to secure their development plans and protect national interests, and in this area we render them assistance".
At present many Asian states including India, Indonesia, China, Malaysia and others are actively operating Russian aircraft and helicopters, air defence and naval systems, infantry weapons and equipment. Rosoboronexport maintains long-term fruitful relations with most customers in areas related, in particular, to industrial cooperation and setting up of technical support centres and joint production facilities. After-sale servicing of military equipment and delivery of spare parts for it are equally important for the development of Russia's military technical cooperation with Asia Pacific countries.
The Russian exposition at LIMA 2013 is as always impressive: traditional weapon systems such as aircraft, helicopters, armoured vehicles and warships are still in high demand on the market despite changes in the nature of modern warfare and, as a result, in types of weapons employed in combat.
The Rosoboronexport's impressive interactive display system will be used to run presentations for exhibitors and guests to the exhibition of advanced defence products such as the Su-35 multi-role super-manoeuvrable fighter, Yak-130 combat trainer aircraft, Mi-28NE combat helicopter, Mi-35M combat transport helicopter, Ka-52 combat reconnaissance-and-attack helicopter, Mi-26T heavy-lift helicopter, Gepard-3.9 frigate (based on Project 11661 patrol ship), Project 14310 Mirazh and Project 12200 Sobol patrol boats, as well as other modern military items.
Rosoboronexport also offers to its foreign partners the latest air defence/anti-missile systems such as the Antey-2500, Buk-M2E, Tor-M2E, Igla-S missile systems and Pantsir-S1 gun-missile system. Traditionally Russia holds very strong positions in this sector of arms market. The Buk-M2E air defence missile system and Pantsir-S1 air defence gun-missile system should provoke special interest of potential customers not only because of their unique capabilities but also because of lessons learnt at the outset and in the course of recent armed conflicts in North Africa and the Middle East.
Visitors to the Rosoboronexport's stand (Hall A, Stand A221) will be able to familiarise themselves with a wide nomenclature of the latest air-launched and shipborne weapon systems, unmanned aerial vehicles as well as weapons and equipment designed for land forces. It must be also noted that the world market shows a growing interest in Russian tactical command-and-control system simulators.
During the exhibition the world-famous aerobatic team "Russian Knights" of the Russian Air Force will fly live demonstrations. Fighter pilots of the Royal Malaysian Air Force's MiG and Sukhoi aircraft will stage their own spectacular air show. The island of Langkawi will be also visited by a group of ships from the Russian Navy's Pacific Fleet led by the Marshal Shaposhnikov large antisubmarine warfare ship.

HMS Monmouth conducts Maritime Approach and Assist operations


As part of her commitment to Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and Combined
Task Force 152 (CTF 152), HMS Monmouth regularly conducts ‘Approach and
Assist’ visits to dhows and other small craft working in the area.
The prime purpose of these visits is to help local fishermen and other mariners in need of assistance, while also providing reassurance that HMS Monmouth and other coalition warships in the area are there to keep the region free of piracy.
HMS Monmouth's Blue Team conducts Approach and Assist operations with local fishing dhows as the ship keeps watch in the distance
HMS Monmouth’s Blue Team conducts Approach and Assist operations with local fishing dhows as the ship keeps watch in the distance
These visits are conducted by the Ship’s “blue” boarding team, consisting of volunteers from the Ship’s Company, in conjunction with the “green” boarding team of embarked Royal Marines.  During these visits, the boarding teams will discuss the challenges faced by the small boats operating in the region and are often able to learn the sort of valuable grass roots information that the Ship’s sophisticated sensors are unable to detect.
“Over the course of an average day we will conduct between 5 and 20 Approach and Assist visits to fishing and trading dhows of various sizes”, said Deputy Logistics Officer and Boarding Officer Lt Chris Marsden RN.  “The boats’ crews are generally pleased to see us and we are often able to help out by providing them with supplies and information ranging from deteriorating weather conditions to the latest cricket scores!  In return the crews are able to provide us with details of any suspicious activity in the area, which we can then act upon”.
CTF 152 operates in the Arabian Gulf where it coordinates Theatre Security
Cooperation activities with regional partners, conducts Maritime Security
Operations, and remains prepared to respond to any crisis that may develop.

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This Week From NAVAIR


Joint Combat Assessment Team: Turning adversity into advancement in Afghanistan

‎Yesterday, ‎March ‎21, ‎2013, ‏‎8:23:00 AM
NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — Isolated by miles of desert, the Marines stationed at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, have enjoyed years of security. But on a moonless night in September, the peaceful atmosphere was shattered by 15 insurgents when...

Irwin serves as only female Marine pilot at Weapons Division

‎Yesterday, ‎March ‎21, ‎2013, ‏‎7:38:00 AM
Women’s History Month: Meet Capt. Leigh Irwin NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER WEAPONS DIVISION, CHINA LAKE, Calif. - Marine Corps Capt. Leigh G. Irwin, a UH-1Y Huey pilot and the operational test director for Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 9 is different...

Naval Civilian Managers Association interfaces with local N.J. school district

‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎20, ‎2013, ‏‎1:08:00 AM
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. – Superintendent of Schools for the Lakehurst Board of Education Jill Dobrowansky recently visited the Naval Air Systems Command, Naval Civilian Manager’s Association at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to discuss the development of a Science, Technology, Engineering...

Joint Combat Assessment Team: Turning adversity into advancement in Afghanistan

‎Monday, ‎March ‎18, ‎2013, ‏‎7:28:00 AM
NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — Isolated by miles of desert, the Marines stationed at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, have enjoyed years of security. But on a moonless night in September, the peaceful atmosphere was shattered by 15 insurgents when...

COMFRC Information Technology Director receives Navy award

‎Thursday, ‎March ‎14, ‎2013, ‏‎10:07:00 AM
NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – An Information Technology officer at Patuxent River’s Fleet Readiness Centers was recently recognized by the Navy for IT excellence. Jack Mills, the Command Information Officer for Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers, received the 2012...

New outlook for Landing Signal Officer trainers

‎Thursday, ‎March ‎14, ‎2013, ‏‎9:19:00 AM
NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – The Landing Signal Officer (LSO) trainer at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., received a facelift March 7 with the installation of projectors, which will improve the 270-degree visuals for trainees practicing procedures used in...

Navy completes EMALS shared generator testing

‎Thursday, ‎March ‎14, ‎2013, ‏‎6:15:00 AM
NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – The Navy’s future carrier aircraft launch system concluded a unique test event today earlier than planned. The Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Program Office (PMA-251)’s Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, (EMALS), completed shared generator...

Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic honors top Detachment Pax River civilian

‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎13, ‎2013, ‏‎3:06:00 AM
NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — A naval employee with Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic (FRCMA) was recognized March 11 as the Center’s 2012 Detachment Patuxent River Civilian of the Year. FRCMA Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Zarkowski presented Robert Wagner,...

Navy LED bulb illuminates possibilities for industry

‎Tuesday, ‎March ‎12, ‎2013, ‏‎7:16:00 AM
NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — The Navy recently developed a dimmable light-emitting diode (LED) bulb that has the potential to improve products in the aircraft and automotive industries. Designed and patented by Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division engineer David...

Photo release: MQ-8B exceeds 8,000 hour milestone aboard USS Bradley

‎Tuesday, ‎March ‎12, ‎2013, ‏‎3:24:00 AM
GULF OF MEXICO — After exceeding the 8,000-flight-hour mark Friday, an MQ-8B Fire Scout assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22 Detachment 5 prepares to land aboard USS Robert G. Bradley for a "hot pump" and re-launch while conducting maritime intelligence,...

Marine Corps Aviation Association recognizes 3 Pax River Marines for acquisition excellence

‎Tuesday, ‎March ‎12, ‎2013, ‏‎3:16:00 AM
NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – The Marine Corps Aviation Association (MCAA) John Glenn Squadron honored three Naval Air Station Patuxent River Marines at its annual awards dinner held Jan. 31 at the River’s Edge Catering and Conference...

Weapons Division sparks students' interest in math, science

‎Monday, ‎March ‎11, ‎2013, ‏‎12:50:00 PM
NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER WEAPONS DIVISION, CHINA LAKE, Calif. - More than 150 middle school young ladies spent the day at NAWCWD on March 9 for the 12th annual Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference. Rear Adm. Paul Sohl, NAWCWD commander, and...

E-2/C-2 ESOH team receives CNO Environmental Award

‎Friday, ‎March ‎08, ‎2013, ‏‎7:50:00 AM
NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — Sustainability efforts put forth by one of the Navy’s E-2/C-2 aircraft program teams were recently recognized with the 2012 Chief of Naval Operations Environmental Award. The CNO’s office announced Feb. 21 the Environment,...

This Week From NATO


‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
From 20 to 21 March, senior political and military leaders from the entire Asia-Pacific region and beyond gathered in Jakarta. The Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono welcomed more than 1,300 delegates from 42 nations for the 3rd Jakarta International Defence Dialogue (JIDD). The Director General of the International Military Staff, Lieutenant General Jürgen Bornemann, represented NATO at the defence dialogue.

AAF conducts air assault with ANA Special Ops

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN – The Afghan Air Force’s 379th Rotary Wing Squadron, which is advised by NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan, coordinated its first air assault mission with the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command Feb. 20, 2013. During the operation, 60 special operations commandos were inserted into a location plagued by insurgent activity.

NATO Secretary General to visit Denmark

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, will visit Denmark on Friday, 22 March 2013.

NATO internships open doors for future peace and security professionals

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
Have you ever wanted to know how the Alliance works from the inside? On 19 March, NATO began taking internship applications for 2014. Young graduates and research students from a wide range of academic disciplines are invited to apply by 19 April 2013.

Estonia praised for its commitment to Allied collective security, operations

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
Estonia was commended for its commitment to the Alliance’s collective security and its operations on Monday (18 March) during a visit by Estonia’s President Toomas Hendrik Ilves to NATO headquarters. “Estonia is an exemplary Ally,” said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

SENT explores energy efficiency for the military in cold climates

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
NATO's Smart Energy Team (SENT) was launched at the end of 2012 to advance energy efficiency in the military. As part of its first field-trip, the team of experts from 8 nations visited an energy camp set up by Defence Research & Development Canada near Montréal from February 19-21.

Secretary General sees significant shift in security in Helmand

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen gave an update on NATO’s Afghan mission and his recent visit to Helmand province during his monthly press conference held at NATO headquarters on Monday 18 March 2013.

Strengthening transparency, accountability and integrity in defence and security

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
Senior civilian and military leaders and experts met to develop a better understanding of the strategic impact of corruption and identify practical actions to strengthen transparency, accountability in the defence and security sector. The discussions were held at the 2013 Building Integrity (BI) Conference, which took place in Monterey, the United States from 26 to 28 February. Participants also examined NATO’s contribution to promoting good practice in this area.

Spain and NATO look to the future

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
Madrid - General Knud Bartels, Chairman of NATO's Military Committee, paid an official visit to Spain, where he discussed with the Spanish Chief of Defence, Admiral Fernando García Sánchez, NATO defence priorities post-2014, particularly Smart Defence, and the Connected Forces Initiative.

Women’s role in promoting good governance in the defence and security sector

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
Experts on gender and building integrity met to discuss women’s role in reducing the risk of corruption and promoting good practices in the defence and security sector at NATO Headquarters on 7 and 8 March 2013. This was the first ever seminar on this subject, organised to coincide with International Women’s Day.

Visit to NATO by the President of Estonia

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes agoGo to full article
The President of Estonia, Mr. Toomas Hendrik Ilves, will visit NATO Headquarters on Monday, 18 March 2013. He will meet with the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Secretary General's Monthly Press Conference

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes agoGo to full article

High-level Policy Makers from Egypt visit NATO to discuss NATO-Egypt Cooperation

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes agoGo to full article
On 12 and 13 December, a delegation of high-level policy makers from Egypt, including representatives from several Ministries, visited NATO Headquarters for discussions with officials from the Alliance's International Staff and International Military Staff in the framework of the Mediterranean Dialogue.

Serbian parliamentarians visit NATO Headquarters

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes agoGo to full article
In cooperation with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division hosted a group of Serbian members of parliament on 5 March. The visit is part of efforts to strengthen NATO’s relations with Serbian key decision-makers and to broaden the public debate about Serbia’s partnership and cooperation with the Alliance.

Diplomats from the State of Qatar visit NATO HQ

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes agoGo to full article
On 19 and 20 December, the Political Affairs and Security Policy Division received a delegation of Diplomats from the State of Qatar.

First European theatre missile interceptor system achieves NATO interoperability

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes agoGo to full article
On 6 March, the French/Italian SAMP/T surface-to-air missile system successfully engaged and destroyed a theatre ballistic missile target in a live-fire test at the French Firing Range in Biscarrosse and proved its ability to work with NATO’s interim Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) command and control system.

Members of Parliament from Morocco visit NATO Headquarters

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes agoGo to full article
On 7 March 2013, Members of Parliament from Morocco visited NATO Headquarters. The distinguished delegation, headed by Dr. Mohamed Cheikh Biadillah, President of the Moroccan Senate, included, among others, the first Vice President of the Chamber of Representatives and the President of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Chamber of Representatives.

Launch of Two SPS Projects in Mongolia

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes agoGo to full article
The first two civilian cooperation projects between NATO and Mongolia within the framework of the Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme were launched on February 28 in Ulaanbaatar.

Celebrating female leadership at NATO

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes agoGo to full article
An exhibit, ’Celebrating Female Leadership within the International Staff at NATO’ was unveiled on International Women’s Day on 8 March at NATO Headquarters. The aim was to create greater awareness and to demonstrate NATO’s commitment to gender diversity.

Visit of senior think tankers and policy makers from the Asia-Pacific region

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
A group of senior security experts, think tankers and policy makers from the Asia-Pacific region took part in a four-day study tour from 4 to 7 March 2013, aimed at promoting dialogue and exploring opportunities for further cooperation with NATO.

Involving women in preventing, managing and resolving conflicts

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
NATO and its operational partners in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Kosovo Force (KFOR) are demonstrating a strong commitment to promoting the important role that women can play in preventing, managing and resolving conflicts.

NATO supports struggle for gender equality

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
Mari Skåre, the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, underlined NATO’s continued support for the worldwide struggle for gender equality in a video statement to mark International Women’s Day. "Achieving gender equality is our collective task. And NATO is doing its part," she said.

NATO engages young women and men in Afghanistan

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
Ambassador Kolinda Grabar, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, addressed Kunduz, Kandahar and Baghlan Universities via videoconference on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The Director of Gender Issues of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Higher Education, Ms Sohaila Hofyani took part in the event to talk about the policies on women’s issues pursued by her ministry. The audience was made up of lecturers, students and members of sports and cultural associations.

NATO Secretary General meets President of Israel

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
Today, the NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen held talks with the President of Israel Shimon Peres. They jointly addressed the media afterwards.

Visit to NATO by the President of Israel

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes agoGo to full article
The President of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres, will visit NATO Headquarters on Thursday, 7 March 2013. He will meet with the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

German, Dutch, Turkish and American officials from NATO in Brussels visit Patriot deployments

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
A multinational delegation from NATO Headquarters in Brussels, with senior officials from Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey and the United States, visited the three deployed Patriot sites in Turkey over the weekend to see first-hand how these Allied units are helping to reinforce Turkey’s air defences against the threat of Syrian ballistic missiles.

Moroccan Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs visits NATO

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
Morocco’s Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation visited NATO headquarters on Tuesday 5 March 2013 and was welcomed by NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow. "This is the first time a minister from Morocco has visited the Alliance bilaterally, and it bears witness to our continued commitment to strengthen our political consultation and our practical cooperation," said Ambassador Vershbow.

NATO Secretary General reviews transition progress in Helmand

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited Helmand Province on Tuesday 5 March to see the progress being made in the transition to Afghan security responsibility. “Two years ago, the transition to Afghan security responsibility began and in less than two years from now, Afghan forces will be fully responsible for Afghanistan’s security. Every province. Every district. Every village. And every valley,” said the Secretary General. “This is a great responsibility, but Afghanistan’s forces have shown they can do the job, and they can know they will continue to have our full support.”

NATO Secretary General visits Afghanistan

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is currently visiting Afghanistan. The Secretary General will hold meetings with President Karzai, other members of the Afghan government, as well as representatives of the Afghan civil society.

In Kabul, NATO Secretary General relays message of Alliance commitment to Afghanistan

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
The Alliance will stay committed to Afghanistan after its ISAF combat mission ends at the end of 2014, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday 4 March after talks with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul. "Let there be no doubt: our commitment is certain, to the end of transition and beyond it. NATO will stand by you," the Secretary General said.

Visit to NATO by the Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco, H.E. Mr. Youssef Amrani

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
The Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco, H.E. Mr. Youssef Amrani will visit NATO Headquarters on Tuesday, 5 March 2013. He will meet with the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow.

NATO Deputy Secretary General meets Polish Foreign Minister in Warsaw

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
The NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow visited Warsaw on Friday, 1 March 2013 and met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Radoslav Sikorski and other high-level officials. The Deputy Secretary General thanked his counterparts for Poland’s continued efforts and commitment to the post-2014 mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces.

Chairman Military Committee confirms NATO-Portugal close relationship

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
Lisbon - General Knud Bartels paid an official visit to Portugal, where he confirmed the strong relationship between Portugal and NATO and engaged with the Chief of Portuguese General Staff, General Luís Araújo, and the Portuguese Minister of Defence, José Pedro Aguiar-Branco, to explore ways for enhancing NATO capabilities.

Heavy weapons training hits the target

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
It's a snowy day in Kabul up on top of the Darulaman mountains in the west of the city. An Afghan National Army captain crouches on the ground next to a British Army Brigadier, who guides his hand as he aims a 60mm mortar. Tapping him on the shoulder, Capt Khavani Noori grins at the Brigadier, before a popping sound indicates the dummy mortar has been launched off into the hills. Both stare out, cupping hands over their eyes against the white glare, as the mortar hits its target.

Destroying dangerous pesticides in Moldova

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
Twenty years after independence, Moldova is still grappling with the effects of intensive agriculture production under the former Soviet Union. In the 1970s, large quantities of fertilizers, pesticides and dangerous chemicals were used on Moldovan soil to maximise crop yields. Although their use is now prohibited, large quantities of these pesticides are still stored around the country, including over 3000 tonnes in 450 poorly equipped facilities. A NATO-sponsored project is helping to address this lingering problem.

NATO Information Office in Moscow marks 12th anniversary

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes agoGo to full article
A roundtable discussion on the prospects for NATO-Russia partnership was organised on 20 February by the NATO Information Office (NIO) in Moscow to mark the 12th anniversary of the NIO’s inauguration in 2001. Representatives of the Russian foreign ministry, diplomats from the German and US Embassies, and a number of prominent Russian experts and journalists discussed common interests, new ideas and the need for political will.

NATO Secretary General to attend Transatlantic Dinner in Rome

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen will travel to Rome on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 to attend the Transatlantic Dinner hosted by the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Giulio Terzi.

NATO Secretary General holds talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen held talks with the new US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday 27 February in Rome in the margins of a Transatlantic Dinner on global issues. “Today we discussed many key issues on NATO’s agenda. These include the progress of our mission in Afghanistan, maintaining NATO's robust partnerships, and a fair burden-sharing in our Alliance,” the Secretary General said.

NATO and Russian Federation in Counter Piracy Exercise At Sea

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes agoGo to full article
A boarding team comprising Italian marines from the NATO flagship ITS SAN MARCO, in charge of Operation Ocean Shield, and assault forces of the Russian Federation ship SEVEROMORSK trained together in counter-piracy activities as part of a bilateral exercise between NATO and Russia in the Gulf of Aden on 26 February.

North Atlantic Council discusses priorities with NATO country parliamentarians

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
The North Atlantic Council hosted representatives of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NPA) on Monday 25 February, to discuss this year’s priority issues for the Alliance. “Parliamentarians have a critical role in forging the cooperation and solidarity that is so necessary for us,” said Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, who chaired the meeting.

NATO Defence Ministers visit Patriot deployment

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
The German, Dutch and Turkish defence ministers paid a joint visit to NATO Patriot batteries in Turkey on Saturday 23 February, in a signal of Alliance solidarity.

Ministers reinforce cooperation in NATO-Ukraine Commission

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
NATO and Ukraine reinforced their cooperation at a meeting of defence ministers in the NATO-Ukraine Commission on Friday 22 February. “NATO and Ukraine are key security partners. For many years, Ukraine has made substantial and very welcome contributions to all major NATO-led operations, including our engagement in Afghanistan,” said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who chaired the meeting.

Defence Ministers make progress on improving capabilities; take stock of ISAF mission

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
Defence Ministers took concrete steps to improve Allied capabilities and interoperability and assessed the progress made in Afghanistan during their two-day talks which wrapped up on Friday 22 February.

NATO Parliamentary Assembly visit to NATO

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
On Monday, 25 February 2013, the Members of the Standing Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly will visit NATO and will have the annual joint meeting with the North Atlantic Council.

Helping Georgia clear mines and unexploded ordnance

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
On 20th February 2013 a closing ceremony to mark the end of the Georgia III NATO Trust Fund/Partnership for Peace Project was held at NATO HQ. The event was hosted by the Georgian Minister of Defence, Mr. Irakli Alasania with 21 Ambassadors amongst the 60 guests. The project helped to clear mines and unexploded ordnance in Georgia and to improve medical rehabilitation for victims injured by explosions.

ISAF Defence Ministers prepare for transition milestone

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
Defence Ministers from NATO and partner nations assessed the progress made since the transition to Afghan security responsibility began two years ago, and looked ahead to future tasks at a meeting in Brussels on 22 February. “There have been challenges. But in those two years we have made real progress,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

NATO and Australia reinforce partnership with new cooperation programme

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
NATO and Australia reinforced their partnership and set out their priorities for future cooperation by signing an Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme (IPCP) on Thursday 21 February . This further enhances NATO's partnership with countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Defence Ministers focus on Allied defence capabilities, interoperability

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
Allies must make sure they maintain and build on the gains they made in interoperability and capabilities during the Afghan mission, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said as he arrived for a two-day meeting of defence ministers on Thursday 21 February.

NATO Defence Ministers agree to expand exercises and multinational cooperation

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
NATO Defence Ministers agreed concrete goals for more ambitious training and exercises to maintain the lessons of interoperability at their meeting in Brussels on 21 February.

Virtual platform connects forces, businesses and communities of interest

‎Today, ‎March ‎22, ‎2013, ‏‎19 minutes ago
NATO member states are using a virtual test platform – the Distributed Networked Battle Labs (DNBL) – to improve combat effectiveness by testing the interoperability of equipment and systems before deployment. The DNBL allows nations to increase the interconnectedness of their forces and to exchange data quickly, efficiently and at a lower cost.

Defence Ministers to focus on capabilities, Afghanistan, Ukraine

‎Yesterday, ‎March ‎21, ‎2013, ‏‎10:14:12 AM
Work to improve NATO’s defence capabilities, the ISAF mission in Afghanistan and relations with Ukraine are the main areas of focus at this week’s two-day NATO defence ministerial which starts on Thursday 21 February.

Project to destroy obsolete munitions in Ukraine enters second phase

‎Yesterday, ‎March ‎21, ‎2013, ‏‎9:35:37 AM
A signing ceremony to launch the second phase of a NATO-sponsored project for the destruction of conventional munitions, small arms and light weapons in Ukraine took place in Kyiv on 1 February.

Women’s role in promoting good governance in the defence and security sector

‎Friday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2013, ‏‎5:56:16 PM
Experts on gender and building integrity met to discuss women’s role in reducing the risk of corruption and promoting good practices in the defence and security sector at NATO Headquarters on 7 and 8 March 2013. This was the first ever seminar on this subject, organised to coincide with International Women’s Day.

Visit to NATO by the President of Estonia

‎Friday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2013, ‏‎5:56:16 PM
The President of Estonia, Mr. Toomas Hendrik Ilves, will visit NATO Headquarters on Monday, 18 March 2013. He will meet with the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Spain and NATO look to the future

‎Friday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2013, ‏‎5:56:16 PM
Madrid - General Knud Bartels, Chairman of NATO's Military Committee, paid an official visit to Spain, where he discussed with the Spanish Chief of Defence, Admiral Fernando García Sánchez, NATO defence priorities post-2014, particularly Smart Defence, and the Connected Forces Initiative.

Serbian parliamentarians visit NATO Headquarters

‎Friday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2013, ‏‎5:56:16 PMGo to full article
In cooperation with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division hosted a group of Serbian members of parliament on 5 March. The visit is part of efforts to strengthen NATO’s relations with Serbian key decision-makers and to broaden the public debate about Serbia’s partnership and cooperation with the Alliance.

Secretary General's Monthly Press Conference

‎Friday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2013, ‏‎5:56:16 PMGo to full article

Visit of senior think tankers and policy makers from the Asia-Pacific region

‎Friday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2013, ‏‎5:56:16 PM
A group of senior security experts, think tankers and policy makers from the Asia-Pacific region took part in a four-day study tour from 4 to 7 March 2013, aimed at promoting dialogue and exploring opportunities for further cooperation with NATO.

High-level Policy Makers from Egypt visit NATO to discuss NATO-Egypt Cooperation

‎Friday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2013, ‏‎5:56:16 PM
On 12 and 13 December, a delegation of high-level policy makers from Egypt, including representatives from several Ministries, visited NATO Headquarters for discussions with officials from the Alliance's International Staff and International Military Staff in the framework of the Mediterranean Dialogue.

First European theatre missile interceptor system achieves NATO interoperability

‎Friday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2013, ‏‎5:56:16 PM
On 6 March, the French/Italian SAMP/T surface-to-air missile system successfully engaged and destroyed a theatre ballistic missile target in a live-fire test at the French Firing Range in Biscarrosse and proved its ability to work with NATO’s interim Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) command and control system.

Celebrating female leadership at NATO

‎Friday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2013, ‏‎5:56:16 PM
An exhibit, ’Celebrating Female Leadership within the International Staff at NATO’ was unveiled on International Women’s Day on 8 March at NATO Headquarters. The aim was to create greater awareness and to demonstrate NATO’s commitment to gender diversity.

Members of Parliament from Morocco visit NATO Headquarters

‎Friday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2013, ‏‎5:56:16 PM
On 7 March 2013, Members of Parliament from Morocco visited NATO Headquarters. The distinguished delegation, headed by Dr. Mohamed Cheikh Biadillah, President of the Moroccan Senate, included, among others, the first Vice President of the Chamber of Representatives and the President of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Chamber of Representatives.

Diplomats from the State of Qatar visit NATO HQ

‎Friday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2013, ‏‎5:56:16 PM
On 19 and 20 December, the Political Affairs and Security Policy Division received a delegation of Diplomats from the State of Qatar.

NATO engages young women and men in Afghanistan

‎Friday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2013, ‏‎5:56:16 PM
Ambassador Kolinda Grabar, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, addressed Kunduz, Kandahar and Baghlan Universities via videoconference on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The Director of Gender Issues of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Higher Education, Ms Sohaila Hofyani took part in the event to talk about the policies on women’s issues pursued by her ministry. The audience was made up of lecturers, students and members of sports and cultural associations.

Involving women in preventing, managing and resolving conflicts

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NATO and its operational partners in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Kosovo Force (KFOR) are demonstrating a strong commitment to promoting the important role that women can play in preventing, managing and resolving conflicts.

NATO supports struggle for gender equality

‎Friday, ‎March ‎15, ‎2013, ‏‎5:56:16 PM
Mari Skåre, the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, underlined NATO’s continued support for the worldwide struggle for gender equality in a video statement to mark International Women’s Day. "Achieving gender equality is our collective task. And NATO is doing its part," she said.