Monthly Archives: September 2016

Royal Danish Navy in Standing NATO Maritime Group-2

The Royal Danish Naval vessel Absalon has been deployed to Standing NATO Maritime Group 2  on September 12  to fortify the alliance in Maritime Security and counter-terrorism.                                                     The mighty ship…….seemingly serene……. is equipped with Lynx helicopter and Special Forces with the high reputation for accuracy and agile act when it enters into Operations. 






September 20, 2016 © DK mission to NATO



In its recent deployment to Mediterranean Sea as a part of Standing NATO Maritime Group-2, its tasks among others will include:

  • Support for NATO’s Operation Active Endeavour
  • Participation in the exercise Joint Warrior of the coast of Scotland as well as continuous co-training with the other ships in SNMG 2 to increase the maritime operational cooperability in the Alliance
  • Gathering and providing information/ intelligence to NATO’s maritime situational awareness in the Mediterranean Sea
  • To establish NATO-presence and being part of routine Diplomatic visits.  Described by the Denmark’s mission to NATO. September 28 2016 

News from Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Denmark
News from Danish Mission to NATO
News from former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Sources: NATO/Denmark mission to NATO

By Catherine Stella Schmidt  (Copyrighted material)

Royal Danish Navy in NATO Maritime Security-1

Since August 2010 the Royal Danish Navy has been vital part of  NATO Operation Oceans Shield.  Its participation has been by troops, military aircraft and vessels including:

  • Frigate Iver Huitfeldt with the required crew and helicopter from October to December 2013
  • Support Ship Esbern Snare Iver with the crew from June to December 2014
  • Surveillance aircraft of the type Challenger from September to November 2014 

Earlier this month on September 12, Danish Vessel HDMS Absalon has rejoined the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 in the Mediterranean Sea. This is not the first time that the support Ship Absalon has been deployed for the NATO Operation–the Vessel has been also before part of NATO Oceans Shield in 2010.


The Danish ship HDMS ABSALON  in NATO  Counter-Piracy Operation Ocean Shield, October 2015 © NATO’s Counter-Piracy Operation Ocean Shield     

News from Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Denmark
News from Danish Mission to NATO
News from former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Sources: Ministry of Defense of Denmark/NATO

By Catherine Stella Schmidt  (Copyrighted material)


Finland and the United States advancing Partnership in Crisis Management and Defence

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President of the Republic of Finland  and Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy discuss Finland’s participation in crisis management and defence cooperation between Finland and the United States. Announced by the MFA of Finland on September 26,2016 

Finland will continue its active participation in international crisis management. It currently has roughly 500 soldiers taking part in 13 military crisis management operations and around 100 experts involved in 20 civilian crisis management operations.   

Finland ‘s  largest contribution is in the UNIFIL operation in Lebanon, where participation has been strengthened and extended as part of Finland’s response to the request for aid and assistance submitted by France following the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015.

The meeting also discussed defence cooperation between Finland and the United States, where a statement of intent for defence cooperation is under preparation between the two countries’ respective defence ministries.  Sweden and the United States signed a similar statement of intent in June 2016.                                                                                                                                                                                               The President and the Ministerial Committee also addressed the serious concerns about the humanitarian situation in Aleppo. © MFA of Finland, September 26, 2016 

Additional: Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work met with  Nordic, Baltic State Officials in Stockholm, April 2016 

The U.S leadership in the World by former Secretary General of NATO-2

The Will to Lead: America’s Indispensable Role in the Global Fight for Freedom


Watch the video about the book by S.G Rasmussen 

A new book by former Secretary General of NATO  and the Prime Minister of Denmark, Anders Fogh Rasmussen

 The Secretary General’s Organisation: Rasmussen Global 

The UK Royal Navy in the NATO, EU Maritime Security Operations

Throughout the centuries, with the renown stance at seas, most of which resulted in discoveries and establishing……..nations on the new and the unknown territories,  the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy holds the golden chapters in the Naval history.

In our current era the Royal Navy– still is positioned as the leading Force to protect, not only the European waters but in the wider scope the international maritime security, next to the United States. 

A view to the essential contributions of Royal Navy in the recent years of NATO and EU Maritime Security operations: 

  1. Operation Atalanta                   Atlantic Patrol Tasking           Exercise Baltops 
  2. Operation Sophia         Combined Task Force 150         Standing NATO Maritime Group 2
  3. Operation Kipion             Kipion MCMV           NATO Mine Counter-Measures Force

Video courtesy of the Royal Navy                                                                                                                                                           By Editor in Chief 

The U.S leadership in the World

A new book by former Secretary General of NATO  and the Prime Minister of DenmarkAnders Fogh Rasmussen
Additional recommendation:  The World America Made by Robert Kagan
Image: Courtesy of US Air Force Europe/Africa  January 2016 
By Editor in Chief, Catherine S. Schmidt 

U.S-European Armed-Forces in Exercise Northern Challenge 16

Northern Challenge 16 is under way in Keflavik, Iceland.                                                                                                    The Exercise is a multinational counter explosive device in NATO’s counter-terrorism programme and hosted by Iceland. 

northern-challenge-excercise-us-air-force-sep-2016 September 22, 2016                         © U.S Mission to NATO       © U.S Air Force Europe-Africa

The U.S Air Force Europe and the 52nd EOD ( Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Airmen have been holding a crucial role for executing this multinational exercise along with Iceland as the host country. 

Announced by the U.S Air Base in Germany, the  52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs:  “The Exercise is to bring U.S and European counterparts from allied and partner nations to become familiar with each other’s Military procedures and achieve greater interoperability in combating terrorism.”

The participating Armed-Forces are from NATO allies,  Partnership for Peace,  including:  Iceland, Germany, Denmark, Poland, Norway, Belgium, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

 News from MFA of Iceland                                    News from Iceland Mission to NATO  
 Sources:  U.S Air Force in Europe-Africa/52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/ Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany/ U.S Mission to NATO

NATO will continue its support for KFOR mission

On September 12, during an official meeting of Deputy Secretary General Vershbow  with  Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice President of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Mr Enver Hoxhaj in Brussels–  the Deputy Secretary General reassured Kosovo of NATO’s continuous support for KFOR.

KFOR will continue to contribute to a safe and secure environment and freedom of movement in Kosovo, working in close cooperation with the Kosovo authorities and with the EU.” 

  “….that NATO will continue to support the development of the security organisations in Kosovo and welcomed the increased professionalism shown by the Kosovo Police.” elaborated Deputy Secretary General Vershbow. September 12, 2016 © NATO Public Affairs

  1. AdditionalThe Role of NATO in Kosovo  
  2. US Army, KFOR,  EULEX  and Kosovo Police during Readiness at Silver Saber Multinational Training      

News from NATO                                                                      News from KFOR                                                                             Source: NATO Public Affairs 

Royal Danish Navy in the International Maritime Operation

Earlier this year, Danish parliament adopted the Resolution B 197 on August 19 which authorized Danish Armed-Forces to take the lead in the international maritime operation for removing chemical from Libya.                                                                                                                                                                                                               The original request was made by Libyan government on February 3, 2016  and  approved by the  Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on July 20th.  

Following that Royal Danish Navy led  the Operation in international maritime transport for removing Libya’s chemical weapons stockpile, starting from August 27, 2016. The chemicals have been transformed from port of Misrata in Libya to a special facility destruction in Germany.


Danish Ministry of Defence reaffirmed its commitment to this operation by stating: 

“Denmark brings substantial experience from its effort in the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons in 2013 and 2014. Denmark has both the capacity and skill to take on this important task in a safe and secure manner”

On Denmark’s Military leadership in the operation,  Defence Minister Peter Christensen stated:

“The Danish Defence has with great distinction – quickly and safely – solved the problem of removing chemicals out of Libya, and these substances can now be destroyed. The Danish Defence has substantial experience with tasks like this, and has once again shown that it is ready when needed to provide a contribution to peace and stability in the world. High praise for our soldiers and deployed personnel from the Danish Emergency Management Agency as well as the Customs and Tax Administration.”   August 31, 2016  © The Royal Danish MFA

“We have now removed the chemical remnants from Libya and have ensured that they will not fall into the wrong hands. This is an important contribution from Denmark to a safer world free of chemical weapons and a contribution that aims to support a more stable Libya. I am proud that the international community through the United Nations and OPCW has asked for Danish assistance, and very pleased that Danish ships and personnel once more has delivered on an important security policy agenda.” elaborated Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen. August 31, 2016  © The Royal Danish MFA

Additional: Denmark will bolster its Military Support to Afghanistan

News from Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Denmark
News from Minister Kristian Jensen for Foreign Affairs
News from Danish Mission to NATO
News from former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Image: Danish Vessel in the Operation. August 31, 2016 courtesy of MFA of Denmark.

By Catherine Stella Schmidt  (Copyrighted material)

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