Posts tagged as NATO

New NATO command in Germany will move troops and tanks to hot spots

Thursday, September 19, 2019

A new NATO command focused on speeding up the movement of allied troops and tanks around Europe has reached “initial operating capability,” the alliance said. The new Joint Support and Enabling Command based in Ulm, Germany, became operational Tuesday, NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu said. The command, the formation of which NATO approved last year, is one of two new headquarters focused on ensuring military hardware and forces can quickly cross…

US and NATO partners use exercise to better protect waters where Russia operates

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

U.S. divers used underwater drones to find and clear simulated mines and submerged explosives in a NATO exercise that seeks to boost security in the Baltic Sea area, where Russia has grown more active. Eighteen countries, 40 vessels and 3,000 personnel are participating in this year’s two-week Northern Coasts exercise in the Danish straits, which link the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. “The Baltic Sea is of vital importance…

Russia’s plan: protect or attack?

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, September 13, 2019

A special report entitled “Security in the Eastern Baltic” by the Russian Association of Baltic Studies (RABS) was presented on Tuesday. Let’s see what it is about. The main objective of the report is to identify the causes of the problems in the field of regional security of the Baltic Sea Region. The second task is to analyze the buildup of the armed forces of the United States and other…

Hungarian Gripens showcase new capabilities in NATO Baltic Air Policing mission

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Hungarian Air Force (HuAF) Saab JAS 39C Gripens returned home on 2 September following a four-month deployment to Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania, during which airmen found the Litening targeting pod and new data links to be especially valuable. As part of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing commitment, four Gripens armed with two Air Intercept Missile (AIM)-120C5 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) and two shorter-range AIM-9L Sidewinder AAMs stood on a…

Importance of Baltic navies ensuring Baltic Sea security

By James Foggo on Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Throughout history, the Baltic Sea has been home to great naval fleets. Naval strength is vital to achieving maritime security, which is an essential component for stability in a region and a thriving economy. Indeed, the Baltic Sea remains a critical artery of commerce, with up to 15 percent of the world’s cargo traffic transiting the region. Throughout history, the Baltic Sea has been home to great naval fleets. Naval…

Watch Russia keeps RAF Typhoons busy in the Baltic

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Russia has kept the Royal Air Force’s Typhoons  busy in the Baltic – prompting the RAF to make 21 interceptions of 56 Russian aircraft. The Typhoon jets have now returned to their Lincolnshire base, after completing a NATO Baltic Air Policing mission and handing over to Gripen aircraft from the Czech Air Force – and the RAF has released a ‘highlights’ video of the four month mission. A spokesperson for…

NATO states have to protect themselves and help Ukraine and Georgia – Lithuanian president

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Based on the current security situation, the member states of NATO should strengthen their own defense and help their partners like Ukraine and Georgia on the path of Euro-Atlantic integration. President of the Republic of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda stated this during a press briefing following a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on Wednesday, an Ukrinform correspondent reported. “During the meeting, we discussed the threats and challenges…

Lost Independence of the Baltic States

By Viktors Domburs on Thursday, September 5, 2019

In 1991 the Baltic States gained independence. They started to develop their new way. This choice was highly appreciated by the residents of the Baltic countries, as well as by people all over the world. People craved independence then, and they still crave it now. They understand independence as “freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others.” Today some political decisions reduce the significance of achieved…

Lithuanian president going to Brussels to discuss NATO, EU issues

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda is going for a two-day visit to Brussels to discuss EU and NATO-related issues amid changes in EU leadership and preparations for the upcoming NATO summit in London in December. “This year’s election to the European Parliament marks the start of a new political cycle for the European Union, with intensive preparations for the December NATO Summit. Therefore, during this visit, with the EU and NATO…

U.S. to deploy B-2 bomber in Europe

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, August 29, 2019

The U.S. Air Force has announced on Tuesday deployment of B-2 Spirit stealth bomber aircraft to Europe. According to a statement released by the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, a Bomber Task Force deployment of B-2 Spirit stealth bomber aircraft, Airmen and support equipment from the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, have arrived in the U.S. European Command area of responsibility for a…