The U.S Army and Flag Day

In honour of the World Freedom Defenders the U.S Army and the United States Flag  June 14, 1775

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The Leadership of Austrian Armed-Forces ‘Elite Unit’ to Counter Global Threats

The Austrian Special Forces ‘The Elite’

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Royal Danish Navy in the International Maritime Operation in Libya

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.

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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

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

The U.S Naval Forces in Europe-Africa/1

As a crucial partner with NATO, the U.S Naval Forces in Europe-Africa have a central part in establishing and re-enforcing the Maritime Security in European Waters, the Mediterranean Sea….. and to the Oceans far beyond. 

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Days of Remembrance and Prayers for September 11 2001

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The memorial service for 15th Anniversary of September 11 held by the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY).  September 10, 2016 © FDNY

Proclaimed by President Obama from September 9 to September 11 — the days of Remembrance and Prayers for September 11, 2001.

On September 11, 2001, a group of small and hateful minds conspired to threaten the very fiber of our country, seeking to break the American spirit and destroy our way of life. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, Americans were struck with grief as devastation and senseless loss of innocent human life unfolded. In the empty shadow of the World Trade Center, the remains of the Pentagon, and a charred Pennsylvania field where courageous passengers saved countless lives, what emerged from the ashes of that day was not defeat — it was the heroism, compassion, and unity of the American people, which no act of terror or hate could ever take away. On September 11, we recall the true spirit of our Nation following these heinous attacks, and we resolve to enshrine the enduring compassion and love of our people forever in the heart of America.”  Presidential Proclamation National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, 2016 © The White House

Presidential Proclamation National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, 2016

The United States Navy in Operation Atalanta-2

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The United States Military Sealift Command  (MSC)  is a Military Naval Agency to support transportation for the U.S Navy at seas and oceans.   Its history goes back to the second world war– even though at that time the MSC was not established as the independent agency.  A few years later in 1949 the formation of  the Military Sea Transportation Service, as a distinguished agency,  was materialized to provide ocean transportation support for the U.S Department of Defense.     the-aircraft-carrier-uss-dwight-d-eisenhower-and-usns-john-ericsson-t-ao-194-us-navy

 

 

 

 

 

In the years followed the 1949,  the role of Military Sealift Command (MSC), developed and commenced to project itself more significantly.  Its operations continue to insert the vital support,  not only to the United States Navy but also for NATO Allies–encompassing from the Cold War era, the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan missions– and to the most ongoing operations of the present time, inter alia, the  NATO and EU in the counter-piracy.

In the recent years with much synchronized joint efforts of the U.S and European Naval Forces in the various global missions, the MSC also has notably expanded its supporting tasks to the European Naval Forces. In this effort one of its main tasks is for Replenishment At Sea (RAS).  The recent MSC statistic report describes that at the present time there are approximately 110 ships on a daily basis operating on support mission across the globe.

On August 30, the EU NAVFOR flagship HNLMS Tromp,  after intense days and weeks of maritime security operation in the Indian Ocean and gulf of Aden, had to be refueled for the continuation of its crucial mission at seas.                                                                                                                                                                               For that the U.S  fleet replenishment oiler  USNS John Ericsson  was tasked for administering the replenishment.   In the ensuing early hours of the day, the grand ship of  U.S Navy ……. had to reach the mathematically determined point to the Dutch frigate– for executing  ‘the Alongside Connected Replenishment’– on a rapid and precise mode.                                                                                                                

Shortly after–  the colossal ship drifted away….. and sailed  ……into distance for its next mission.          

Yet this was not the first,  nor will be the last,  that the Military Sealift Command of the U.S Navy stood as the vital lifeline for the EU Naval missions be it in any parts of the World, when urgency and support has been called.   Its role even though as the supporting task remained to be highly essential– for without MSC the continuation of any operations will not be possible, especially the maritime security  and the counter-piracy in the oceans.

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Frigate HNLMS Tromp (right) approaches USNS John Ericsson to be refueled. August 30, 2016 © EU NAVFOR                                                                                                                                                       

 

  1. Additional:  The United States Navy in Operation Atalanta-1
  2. The USNAVAF and  EU  NAVFOR for the first contact  between Operation ATALANTA  and the US Command responsible for the US Naval Forces in the Southern Indian Ocean.

Image-1:  The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) alongside the fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Ericsson (T-AO 194) in Arabian Guld. July 26, 2016  © U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Joshua Murray.                                                                                                                  Sources: US Navy/EU NAVFOR      

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Royal Netherlands Navy in Operation Atalanta-3

Launched in December 2008 under auspices of the European Common Security and Defence Policy, EU NAVFOR in Operation Atalanta is the first European Union Naval Force for countering the Piracy threats in the western Indian Ocean and the Horn of Africa covering 4,700,000 square nautical miles.              

A view to the Naval history delineates that particularly from 17th century onward–British Royal Navy, the Royal Navy of the Netherlands along with la France, in a permanent and consistent paradigm have maintained the enduring supremacy at Sea, while interlacing their ancient puissance to the presence time.

Since 2009, the Royal Netherlands Navy has been an important part of EU NAVFOR– holding a crucial role in Operation Atalanta,  not only for deploying its Naval troops yet also by providing the Flagships for the operation.                                                                                                                                                                                       Its Naval warship, HNLMS Johan de Witt since 2010 has been routinely in the Indian Ocean as the operational HQ at Sea for many Force Commanders– and the long term Flagship for the operation.

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The HNLMS Johan De Witt, seemingly an ordinary Naval Vessel commissioned to live with the waves– yet has proved its life beyond that ……   The white Ship of  Den Helder, with its extraordinary mode of  speed and maneuver,  has held many  predominant historical occasions from Marines para jump, to the Military medal ceremony— and as the host to the numerous historical convene, like the one which took place in October 2013 between the three Force Commanders from EU NAVFOR, Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), and the NATO Operation Ocean Shield on its board to confirm their operational joint efforts. 

Force Commanders from Combined Maritime Forces, Commodore Jeremy Blunden, the EU Naval Force, Commodore Peter Lenselink and NATO, Commodore Henning Amundsen, on board the EU Naval Force flagship, HNLMS Johan de Witt. 2013

 

 

 

Force Commander Combined Maritime Forces, Commodore Jeremy Blunden (leftt) the Force Commander from EU Naval Force, Commodore Peter Lenselink (centre) and Force Commander  from NATO, Commodore Henning Amundsen ( right) on board of the EU Naval Force Flagship, HNLMS Johan de Witt.  October 7, 2013  © EU NAVFOR

 

 

The last time that  the HNLMS Johan De Witt was missioned as the EU NAVFOR  Flagship was in May 2015, under the Command of Commodore Luyckx, the current Force Commander.  While the Royal Netherlands Naval leadership will continue to be as often in the EU NAVFOR– the return of its white Ship,  the HNLMS Johan De Witt, with its legend will be also on the affirmative side. 

  1. Additional:  HNLMS Johan de Witt, successfully conducted a Replenishment at Sea (RAS) with the Royal Australian Naval supply Ship HMAS. 
  2. EU Naval Force Warship HNLMS Johan de Witt carries out Search and Rescue Exercise with teams from the Seychelles and EUCAP Nestor.

News from EU NAVAL Force in Operation Atalanta         
News from Royal Netherlands Navy                                         News from UK Royal Navy  
News  from Royal Australian Navy                    

Source: EU NAVFOR.  Image-1 the EU Naval Force Flagship HNLMS Johan de Witt August 8, 2013 © EU NAVFOR

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‘Strong Guard 2016’ has concluded its Training

Exercise  Strong Guard 2016  was a unique US-European Military Training Exercise, executed during a three day time frame, to boost the close Partnership and the Interoperability of U.S National Guard, Military Police Battalion, Marines, with the Land-Forces and National Guards of Lithuania and Latvia. The Training was finalized successfully with a Military ceremony on August 14, 2016.

Reaffirmed by the U.S Army, “Strong Guard 2016 demonstrated the continued U.S. commitment to the security of the NATO Allies in the light of the increased tension in Eastern Europe.” August 2016 © U.S Army Europe

Military Police Battalion, 177th Military Police Brigade, Michigan National Guard EUCOM August 19, 2016

 

 

 

Military Police Battalion, Military Police Brigade, Michigan National Guard during the official closing ceremony of ‘Strong Guard 2016’  in Latvia.  August 14, 2016.© US Army/Staff Sgt. Kimberly Bratic

There were Soldiers, in variety of uniforms…… presenting their Brigades, Battalions, and Units– stood in salute in the closing ceremony.  In a normal day or an ordinary condition, after three days and nights of  heavy  Training, which had challenged the toughness of Minds and the strength of Physique beyond all limits–  one would had resigned before the finishing line and to exhaustion. But far from that– these were the Soldiers that have surpassed every extremes.  Standing firm, …..their eyes were radiating with the the heights of pride……, and strength was yet visibly depicted in every steps of their movements….. as they marched towards the Garrison at their Commander’s behest. 

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Source: US Army Europe/Staff Sgt. Kimberly Bratic