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Denmark reaffirms its commitment to command NATO Mission Iraq
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Denmark reaffirms its commitment to command NATO Mission Iraq

Today (6 May 2021), Lieutenant-General Michael Lollesgaard of the Danish Armed Forces assumed command of the NATO Mission Iraq, following a ceremony held in Baghdad. He succeeds Lieutenant General Per Olsen of the Danish Armed Forces, who had commanded the mission since November 2020. “I thank Lieutenant General Olsen for his service,” NATO Secretary General...

NATO Secretary General discusses military mobility, Russia, Afghanistan with EU Defence Ministers
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NATO Secretary General discusses military mobility, Russia, Afghanistan with EU Defence Ministers

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday (6 May 2021) that NATO continues to closely monitor Russia’s significant military build-up in and around Ukraine. Speaking at a meeting of European Union Defence Ministers, the Secretary General welcomed today’s announcement by the EU to include Canada, Norway and the United States in PESCO projects on...

NATO successfully tests Rapid Air Mobility procedures
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NATO successfully tests Rapid Air Mobility procedures

NATO successfully tested procedures to fast-track the airlift of troops and equipment across Europe in a simulated crisis exercise in April. The three-day test of the Alliance’s “rapid air mobility” initiative was held in close coordination with Eurocontrol, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation. “By facilitating quicker air movements across the Alliance,...

Spanish frigate to lead NATO ‘Formidable Shield’ exercises
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Spanish frigate to lead NATO ‘Formidable Shield’ exercises

The Spanish Navy’s frigate ESPS Cristobal Colon will lead a multination interoperability exercise off the Portuguese coast, the U.S. Navy announced on Monday. The two-week exercise, known as Exercise At-Sea Demo/Formidable Shield 2021, will begin May 15 under the direction of the U.S. Sixth Fleet, and be conducted by NATO’s Naval Striking and Support Services....

US Army arrives in Albania ahead of massive NATO exercises
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US Army arrives in Albania ahead of massive NATO exercises

According to Associated Press (AP), some 700 pieces of equipment from the Florida National Guard’s 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team were being discharged from the USNS Bob Hope at Durres, 33 kilometers (20 miles) west of the capital, Tirana. They will be used for two weeks of training involving up to 6,000 US troops at six...

NATO troops start formal withdrawal from Afghanistan
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NATO troops start formal withdrawal from Afghanistan

The final phase of ending America’s “forever war” in Afghanistan after 20 years formally began Saturday, with the withdrawal of the last U.S. and NATO troops by the end of summer. U.S. President Joe Biden had set May 1 as the official start of the withdrawal of the remaining forces — about 2,500 to 3,500 U.S. troops...

NATO Defence Education Enhancement Programme: Online platform supporting the professional military education
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NATO Defence Education Enhancement Programme: Online platform supporting the professional military education

Responding to the challenges of the pandemic, many NATO Allies and partners participated in a virtual meeting of the ‘COVID-19 Defence Education Distance Learning Best Practices and Lessons Learned – Strategy Development Conference’ from 12-14 April 2021. Organized by NATO’s Defence Education Enhancement Programme (DEEP) and the War Studies University in Warsaw, the conference supports...

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