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Operational Update Week 20

ITALY SUPPORTS NATO BALTIC AIR POLICING 

On May 14th, Italian Air Force F-35 pilots deployed to Ämari Air Base, Estonia, executed their first intercept since they arrived in early May. The Combined Air Operations Centre at Uedem, recorded an unidentified track in the Baltic Sea flying from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad and ordered an alert scramble for the F-35s mission to identify that track. The Russian military transport plane was a potential risk to other airspace users since it was flying over international waters close to the Estonian coast and not sending a transponder signal. Upon completing the identification, the Italian fighter aircraft returned to Ämari Air Base.

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NATO SHIPS TRAIN IN EXERCISE JOINT WARRIOR 21-1 WITH UK QUEEN ELIZABETH CARRIER STRIKE GROUP

In the Celtic Sea off the coast of Scotland, Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) Ships HDMS Absalon and HMCS Halifax successfully participated in exercise Joint Warrior 21-1 (JW21-1). Joint Warrior is UK-led multinational exercise held twice a year in the waters around the United Kingdom that is designed to exercise a wide range of high-readiness warfighting capabilities across land, sea and air units in coordinated joint operations. It provides realistic multi-threat scenarios within a safe operating environment into which NATO Allies and partner nations' formations, units and staffs can deploy and undertake collective training in preparation for joint deployments.

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SETTING A CORNERSTONE IN THE FOUNDING PROCESS OF THE JOINT SUPPORT AND ENABLING COMMAND

Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Tod D. Wolters, the German Vice Chief of Defence, Lieutenant General Markus Laubenthal, and Representatives of 16 NATO member states signed the Technical Administrative Arrangement (TAA) of the Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC) at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium, on May 14th. The TAA defines the legal framework for JSEC's major task as an international networker. It contains clear, agreed and binding rules for all contributing nations. Next steps in the founding process will be the official assumption of command by SACEUR and activation as an international military headquarters by the North Atlantic Council in the near future.

Story by Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum Public Affairs Office

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