UK doubles support for NATO’s maritime missions in 2016

first_img Authorities View post tag: NATO UK doubles support for NATO’s maritime missions in 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today UK doubles support for NATO’s maritime missions in 2016 View post tag: Royal Navycenter_img Speaking at the NATO Defence Ministerial meeting in Brussels, Belgium, UK’s Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced that UK would almost double its deployments to NATO at sea in 2016.For the first time since 2010 the UK will contribute to NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1), an enduring commitment to having NATO warships at sea, which will include two deployments planned this year.In the first deployment, Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate HMS Iron Duke will be operating in the Baltic sea from January to July.Thereafter, a Type 45 Destroyer will be working with SNMG1 from October to November.The deployments, involving around 400 Royal Navy personnel, reflect the emphasis placed on NATO in last year’s Strategic Defence and Security Review.Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:“Increasing our NATO deployments sends a strong message to our enemies that we are ready to respond to any threat, and defend our allies.”“2016 will see a particular focus on the Baltic region with our ships sent there as part of the Maritime Group, the Mine Counter Measure Group and the Baltops exercise.”The maritime package UK has proposed also includes deployment of three Mine Sweepers, with about 130 Navy personel in total, to NATO’s Standing Naval Mine Counter Measure Group, each for four months. This programme will include covering the Baltic Sea, North Atlantic, North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.Additionally, NATO will use the UK’s national exercise Joint Warrior in North Scotland and the North Atlantic in October of this year to train and certify the NATO Response Force maritime and air component commanders for their NRF commitments in 2017, involving upwards of 550 naval personnel.As expected, the Baltic region, with Russia in the neighbourhood will have a special focus. NATO’s warfare exercise, Exercise Baltops, will see the Royal Navy participate with its largest warship in the fleet, the amphibious assault ship HMS Ocean. Also, two Royal Navy frigates will participate in the major anti-submarine warfare exercise Dynamic Mongoose.The Defence Secretary spoke about NATO’s deterrence stance in the face of Russian aggression and called on Allies to commit, ahead of the NATO Warsaw Summit in July, to meeting the NATO target to spend 2% of GDP on Defence within a decade.Announcements made by NATO states and the United States during the last month could all be said to have a goal of sending a strong message to Russia, whose increased, and improved, maritime activity has NATO generals worried.The United States budget proposal for 2017 includes $4.3 billion for, among other things, military support to “build resilience and reduce vulnerabilities to Russian aggression among NATO allies and partner states in Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia”, as a White House release said.As part of that effort the budget includes $3.4 billion for the Department of Defense’s European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) which entails rotational presence of U.S. forces in Poland in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. February 11, 2016 Share this articlelast_img read more

Volunteer at the Arnold Arboretum this fall

first_imgMake a difference as an Arnold Arboretum School Program Guide. Training for the fall season of school programs at the Arboretum begins Aug. 28. We are looking for outgoing and mature adults who can commit to one year of volunteering. You do not need to know about plants, but experience working with children is preferred. If you are interested, please contact the Manager of Children’s Education by Aug. 14 for an interview. Read Full Storylast_img

Colombia Captures Woman Rebel Close to FARC Chief

first_imgBy Dialogo October 20, 2010 The comrades of the FARC should start thinking about a negotiated settlement with the government of Juan Manuel Santos, since their luck will bring death in fighting. Better a negotiated solution to participate openly in politics, even if they fail to recognize that in Colombia the ones demobilizing without prior agreement, will be murdered. However, the possibility of living and participating in legal political actions is always better especially when the avenues for conquest of power by force are denied outright. So I think the path is negotiated demobilization, releasing the hostages and also demanding the release of imprisoned guerrillas. Colombian authorities have captured two senior rebel leaders, including a woman who was part of the security detail of the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), police said on 18 October. Police Colonel Flavio Mesa said high-ranking FARC members Margot Silva and Toribio Saavedra were picked up in operations in the towns of Hobo and Pitalito, in the southern department of Huila. Silva, alias ‘Daniela’, and Saavedra were considered important members of the Central Joint Command of Colombia’s main insurgency, with 8,000 fighters at arms, Mesa added. ‘Daniela’ was a radio operator for the column that protects FARC leader Alfonso Cano, who took over the guerrilla leadership after the death of Manuel Marulanda (‘Tirofijo’). Soldiers and police backed by military air power have been combing rural and mountainous areas for months searching for Cano in Huila, Cauca and Tolima. President Juan Manuel Santos’ government has been waging a multi-front offensive against the FARC. Last month, FARC military leader and number two Victor Julio Suarez, alias ‘Mono Jojoy’, and other ranking rebels were killed in a raid.last_img read more