Category Archives: European Affairs
EUFOR Operation Althea was launched in December 2004 to replace (SFOR) the NATO-led Stabilizing Force in Bosnia Herzegovina. Since then the Austrian Armed Forces have been in the front line holding the leadership in EUFOR.
Earlier this month, from October 1st the 5 days International exercise Quick Response 2016 was executed under Austrian Military leadership in the western part of Banja Luka, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The EUFOR Multinational Battalion, the Intermediate Reserve Force from United Kingdom, the Tactical Reserve from KFOR, the Armed Forces Bosnia-Herzegovina, Portugal and Hungary have been taking part in it. The exercise aimed to enhance the close cooperation and interoperability of multinational Military units in EUFOR for maintaining security and rapid response in crisis.
October 6, 2016 © Austrian Armed-Forces
The history of France, like the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands and other Europeans…. echos centuries of successful and highly advanced Naval Forces which reigned…… and has possessed the Oceans and the Seas. In the recent years– in the European counter-piracy Operation, France has been contributing a vital part from early 2009.
Frigate La Fayette © EU NAVFOR
On September 28, the French Navy redeployed its Frigate La Fayette in Operation Atalanta to join the other European Naval Forces in the EU NAVFOR for the ongoing Operation. Marking it not the first time, the multi-task Naval vessel carrying the name of General la Fayette has been previously in several rotational terms deployed in EU NAVFOR for combating the piracy and reinforcing the Maritime Security in the Indian Oceans and gulf of Aden.
- Additional: Atalanta : Le patrouilleur L’Adroit entre en Atalanta
- EU NAVFOR Force Commander Visits French Frigate La Fayette
- The Swedish warship Carlskrona to a warm welcome from the French Frigate La Fayette
- News from French Navy
- News from French Armed-Forces
- News from Spanish Navy News from Spanish Armed-Forces
- News from UK Royal Navy News from the Netherlands Royal Navy
Sources: EU NAVFOR/Marine nationale
The Will to Lead: America’s Indispensable Role in the Global Fight for Freedom
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.
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.
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
- Additional: The Role of NATO in Kosovo
- US Army, KFOR, EULEX and Kosovo Police during Readiness at Silver Saber Multinational Training
On September 8th Secretary of Defense Ash Carter traveled to Norway and met with Norwegian Minister of Defense Ine Eriksen Søreide. During this trip Secretary Carter with Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide also visited the Bodo Air Base and was given the presentation of Norwegian Military capabilities.
“Norway is a Strong, Indispensable U.S. Security Partner bilaterally, within NATO, in the North Atlantic and Arctic, in Afghanistan and as part of the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.” elaborated Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in the press conference. Norway September 8, 2016 © DoD
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Norwegian Minister of Defense Ine Eriksen Soreide met with Norwegian F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots at Bodo Air Base, Norway, September 8, 2016 © DoD
The Secretary of Defense continued:
“Norway is already one of eight NATO nations spending at least 20 percent of its defense budget on equipment and it’s investing in new capabilities that will strengthen both Norway’s national defense and NATO,”
“Norway will contribute a company to NATO’s Persistent Enhanced Forward Presence Battalion in Lithuania. In Afghanistan, Norwegian personnel make important contributions to NATO’s Resolute Support mission as mentors to Afghan security personnel and as first responders, especially after the recent attack on the American University in Kabul.”
The Secretary of Defense concluded: “Thanks to leaders like Minister Søreide and its professional and principled military personnel,” Norway “will continue to play a leading role in bolstering collective security and making a better world for all of us.” September 8, 2016 © DoD
Source: DoD/Cheryl Pellerin
The U.S Army’s European Rotational Force with over 15 European States are participating in one of the biggest U.S-European Multinational joint training: Exercise Combined Resolve VII. The exercise has been held from August 8 to September 15 in southeastern Germany with the participation of 3,500 soldiers from the Armed-Forces of: Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, and the United States.
September 13, 2016 © US Army Europe/U.S Mission to NATO
Formulated in four stages the Exercise intends:
- To provide the Raiders Brigade with multinational training and partnership;
- To enhance the flexibility;
- To enhance the agility and ability to better operate alongside NATO allies and partners in Europe. © Described by the U.S 7th Army Training Command
Source: US Army Europe/ the US 7th Army Training Command
Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon hosted a UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in London on 8 September 2016. The participants from 80 countries agreed to provide more supports for the UN Peacekeeping missions and the Humanitarian interventions.
- To improve the planning of peacekeeping operations – so the UN can better match requirements to capabilities;
- To implement the pledges made back in September – to guarantee the UN can continue to field its force in the future;
- To up the performance of peacekeepers so UN forces are: better-led and better-trained; better balanced – with more women participating; and more capable of protecting civilians on the ground – including by implementing the Women, Peace and Security agenda and preventing incidents of sexual exploitation and abuse. Announced by the UK MOD Sep 7 2016
- Additional: Opening Speech by Secretary of State for Defence The Rt Hon Michael Fallon
- Speech delivered by Baroness Anelay, Minister of State for the UN, at the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in London on 8 September 2016
With more than 5000 soldiers and Airmen from 10 NATO Allied Armed-Forces, Swift Response 16 was one of the greatest multi-national military crisis response training for Airborne forces, led by 7th U.S Army Training Command Europe. The training was executed in Poland and Germany from May 27- June 26, with the successful outcomes.
The Overall objective in the Exercise was formulated to:
- Enhance the readiness of the combat core of the U.S. Global Response Force
- Conduct rapid-response
- Joint-forcible entry
- Follow-on operations alongside Allied high-readiness forces in Europe (described by the U.S Army Europe)
August 31, 2016 © 7th Army Training Command
Source: U.S Army Europe