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Dec 11 2020

WEEK 50 - NORTHERN EUROPE OPERATIONAL UPDATE

NATO Monitors Russian Maritime Activity off Coast of UK

Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1), was in the North Sea this week supporting a larger allied presence in their monitoring of heightened non-allied military activity off of the coast of the United Kingdom.

SNMG1 proved again its flexibility and interoperability coordinating its efforts with other Allied navies. Our activities were proportionate, non-escalatory and in line with the international law of sea. They were a complete success

-Commodore Jose Antonio Mirones, Commander of SNMG1.

Russian frigate Stregushiy in the North Sea

Exercise WINTER SHIELD 2020

In Latvia last week, allied military forces from across the Baltics under the banner of the Baltic Battalion, worked side by side with NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Latvia (eFP BG Latvia), and other allied national elements in exercise Winter Shield 2020.

The exercise was an opportunity to train our forces alongside the various other national and international units present in the Baltics, increasing the transnational integration of all allied forces in the area, and putting in to practise cutting edge air-ground forces coordination techniques that NATO constantly strives to identify, update, and implement.

The exercise went ahead ever mindful of the challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with recommended mitigation measures being practiced to the letter.

Latvian soldier fires a Carl Gustaf Recoiless Rifle during exercise Winter Shield

Allied Air Exercises over the Baltic and North Seas

Earlier this week, on the 8th of December, RAF Eurofighter Typhoons supported by Voyager tanker aircraft undertook force integration training with allied air forces from Denmark and Germany over the North and Baltic Seas. 

The Sorties, conducted across the breadth of Northern Europe, underlines Allied commitment to peace and stability across the region, and is a clear demonstration of NATOs ability to protect values-based security.

Luftwaffe Eurofighter Typhoon over the wing of an RAF Voyager

Story by JFC Brunssum Public Affairs Office

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