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Oct 9 2020

Week 41 - Northern Europe Operational Update

Brunssum, The Netherlands:

Air Policing Mission Over Iceland

 A US Air Force F-15 fighter detachment is deploying to Iceland to conduct Air Policing missions within the framework of NATO’s defensive air role in the High North.

“This routine deployment demonstrates Alliance solidarity and the transatlantic linkage at work,” said US Air Force Brigadier General Andrew Hansen, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations at NATO’s Allied Air Command. This Command oversees Air Policing via two Combined Air Operations Centres (CAOCs). “Air Policing is how the Alliance provides collective defence to its 30 member states. This peacetime defensive mission ensures the same level of protection to all Allies.”

This routine deployment demonstrates Alliance solidarity and the transatlantic linkage at work

The aircraft will be deployed to Keflavik Air Base on Iceland and will co-operate with the Icelandic Coast Guard to secure Icelandic skies. NATO, in conjunction with the Icelandic authorities, have agreed that the appropriate response is to maintain a periodic presence of NATO fighter aircraft based at the Keflavik Air Base to ensure the continued safety and sovereignty of NATO member state’s airspace.

Upon certification by the CAOC at Uedem, Germany, the US F-15 fighters will be on 24/7 alert to scramble for Air Policing missions under NATO’s Integrated Air and Missile Defence plan.

Maritime Exercise Joint Warrior

NATO’s major bi-annual multi-national maritime exercise began this week in the waters around Scotland and will last until the 15 October. Planned and co-ordinated by NATO’s European maritime Headquarters – MARCOM - in Northwood, UK, the exercise will consist of anti-submarine warfare training conducted by surface warships, submarines, and aircraft in coastal and offshore waters to the north, north-west and west of Scotland. It is designed to test the maritime capabilities of MARCOM and the participating units. Among other maritime assets, the Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1), under the command of Commodore José António Mirones from the Portuguese Navy, participates in the exercise. SNMG1 is presently comprised of the four frigates: NRP Corte-Real from Portugal as flagship; HMCS Toronto from Canada; BNS Leopold I. from Belgium; and HNLMS Evertsen from The Netherlands.


Exercise Silver Arrow in Latvia

Exercise Silver Arrow was completed early this week in Latvia. Running since 21 September, this exercise aimed to train the enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroups in the planning and conduct of tactical activities within a major combat scenario in order to enhance command and control procedures, co-ordination and mutual support during operations. This training allows NATO to be in a state of constant readiness, always able to defend and deter any potential threats to the member states on the Alliance’s eastern flank.

Story by JFC Brunssum Public Affairs Office

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