7 March 2012 — 012
- Six British Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan
- NATO Headquarters: Armenia’s Integration Into Bloc Proceeds
- Marines In U.S.-Led NATO War Games In Baltic
- Three-Nation Baltic Exercise To Practice Hosting U.S., NATO Forces
- Baltic-Nordic Military Cooperation Aimed At Russia
Six British Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan
Xinhua News Agency March 7, 2012
Six British soldiers believed killed by road bomb in Afghanistan: MOD
LONDON: Six British soldiers are missing, believed killed, after their armoured vehicle was struck by an explosion in southern Afghanistan, the British Ministry of Defense (MOD) said on Wednesday.
Six soldiers, five from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment and one from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, were on a mounted patrol when their Warrior armoured fighting vehicle was struck by an explosion in Helmand Province on Tuesday.
Details are still being confirmed. It could be the biggest loss of British military personnel in a single assault in Afghanistan since 2001.
NATO Headquarters: Armenia’s Integration Into Bloc Proceeds
North Atlantic Treaty Organization March 6, 2012
NATO Secretary General welcomes President of Armenia at NATO Headquarters and discusses preparations for Chicago Summit
The NATO Secretary General Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen welcomed the President of Armenia Mr. Serzh Sargsyan on 6 March 2012 at the NATO Headquarters and discussed with him issues related to Armenia’s partnership with the Alliance. The Secretary General also thanked President Sargsyan for Armenia’s contribution to the Alliance’s ISAF operation in Afghanistan.
“NATO and Armenia share many political priorities and security interests”, the Secretary General said. ”And we have built up our cooperation and dialogue over many years. Our relationship contributes to regional security and Euro-Atlantic security. And we want to take it forward in that way”.
During the visit to NATO Headquarters President Sargsyan also addressed the North Atlantic Council and discussed with Allies preparations for the Chicago Summit.
“Let me stress that the South Caucasus region is important for our Alliance, and Armenia is an important partner for NATO”, the Secretary General said.
“At Chicago, we will review the progress of transition in Afghanistan and take decisions on our commitment beyond 2014, once the Afghan forces have full security responsibility throughout the country. As an ISAF contributor, Armenia will participate closely in the decision-shaping process.”
Marines In U.S.-Led NATO War Games In Baltic
U.S. Marines Corps March 5, 2012
US Naval & Marine Forces Europe conduct planning for Baltic Sea operations: BALTOPS 12 read to set sail By Gunnery Sergeant Will Price, Marine Forces Europe
-“This year the exercise includes land, air, and at sea activities all coordinated under a maritime-based Combined Joint Task Force led by Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO [Strike Force NATO]. Having performed the CJTF role in 2010 and leveraging recent Libyan crisis experience as part of Operation Unified Protector, Strike Force NATO is looking to achieve a much higher degree of interaction amongst subordinate air, land, and sea components spread across the 1,000 km wide training area.” -Marine Forces Europe will bring Marines and sailors from Black Sea Rotational Force 12, stationed in Romania, to conduct amphibious/land operations with Lithuania Army Forces, to include counter-insurgency and peace keeping training.
VILNIUS, Lithuania: Members of U.S. European Command’s Naval & Marine Forces Europe and the Lithuanian armed forces teamed up to host the main planning conference for upcoming operations in the Baltic Sea region at the General Adolfas Ramanauskas Warfare Training Center in Vilnius, Lithuania, Feb. 27 – March 2.
More than 120 planners from 13 different countries met throughout the week to ensure all the logistical and scheduling requirements were being met, so that BALTOPS 12 would be ready to set sail this summer. BALTOPS 12 (Baltic Operations) is a U.S.-led maritime and land-based exercise conducted throughout the Baltic Sea region that focuses on increasing interoperability of the participating nations. BALTOPS 12 is in the spirit of Partnership for Peace and several NATO assets are expected to participate. Lithuanian Col. Vilmantas Tamosaitis, chief of Joint Headquarters and lead organizer for Lithuania’s role in BALTOPS 12, officially began the conference with his opening remarks.
“BALTOPS is the biggest international live exercise in Lithuania this year, therefore it is very important to me that we get well prepared for it. The exercise has great importance to Lithuania and this region,” said Tamosaitis. “This is a perfect opportunity for the Lithuanian armed forces to train with our neighbors, enhance cooperation and interoperability with our allies, and strengthen international relations. Taking into consideration that some parts of the exercise will be conducted in neighbor countries the significance of BALTOPS for the region increases greatly.”
The exercise will celebrate its 40th anniversary this summer, and according to Lt. Col. Mark Coppess, a planning officer with Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, this year’s exercise will be a special one.
“This year the exercise includes land, air, and at sea activities all coordinated under a maritime-based Combined Joint Task Force led by Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO [Strike Force NATO],” said Coppess. “Having performed the CJTF role in 2010 and leveraging recent Libyan crisis experience as part of Operation Unified Protector, Strike Force NATO is looking to achieve a much higher degree of interaction amongst subordinate air, land, and sea components spread across the 1,000 km wide training area.”
Currently 13 countries are on board bringing more than 30 vessels to the maritime exercise. Throughout the 2-week exercise, multinational service members will join forces to conduct a variety of sea, land and air missions. The two main efforts of BALTOPS 12 will be massive sea to land offload of military equipment in Estonia, and an amphibious landing in Lithuania. Units expected to participate in the offload operations include elements from Marine Forces Europe, 1st Marine Logistical Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, 4th MLG, the Estonian Defense Forces, Maritime Pre-positioning Squadon 1, and a naval support element consisting of Naval Beach Group 2 and Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 1.
“MARFOREUR and 4th Marine Logistics Group in partnership with Blount Island Command have identified 200 principal end items to be off loaded,” said Lt. Col. Micheal Varicak, inspector instructor, Headquarters Service Battalion, 4th MLG, out of Marietta, Ga. “The purpose of this exercise is to display MARFOREUR’s ability to rapidly provide forces, project power, and advance MARFOREUR theater engagement/exercise objectives.”
Marine Forces Europe will bring Marines and sailors from Black Sea Rotational Force 12, stationed in Romania, to conduct amphibious/land operations with Lithuania Army Forces, to include counter-insurgency and peace keeping training.
“BSRF is a SPMAGTF [Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force] that will provide U.S. Marines the opportunity to conduct amphibious operations with Allied and partner nations in an area of the world where Marines do not regularly deploy,” said Lt. Col. Rick Coates, Black Sea Rotational Force commanding officer. “We will get a chance to exchange ideas and experiences with more than twelve nations. This is a great opportunity to not just learn from each other while developing our ability to work together, but also a chance to put our amphibious doctrine into effect.”
“The Lithuanians have masterfully hosted more than 120 of us in first-rate planning facilities and their efforts to build relationships with all of us over the past week will last long after BALTOPS 12 ends,” said Coppess…
Three-Nation Baltic Exercise To Practice Hosting U.S., NATO Forces
Defence Professionals March 5, 2012
Planning Phase of Multinational Host Nation Support Exercise Baltic Host
-”It will take place in the end of this June and the beginning of July in all the three Baltic countries simultaneously. The aim of the exercise is to test national capacity to receive allied forces of a set size in the Baltic countries.” -Such assistance is based on the agreements signed between the corresponding receiving and sending nations and/or NATO leadership.
On March 1, the national-level planning process of the multinational Host Nation Support (HNS) event Baltic Host 2012 involving representatives of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and other Lithuania’s Ministries and Services began at the Joint Headquarters of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.
The planning phase will be finalized with an endorsement of a national exercise schedule on March 16 according to which Lithuania will render HNS to [NATO] allies during the exercise.
“This conference is a national part of the planning phase of the multinational HNS exercise Baltic Host 2012”, said Audrone Kaladzinskiene, representative of the Mobilization Department under the Ministry of National Defence. “Baltic Host 2012 is the largest multinational HNS or so-called ‘map’ exercises to be held this year. It will take place in the end of this June and the beginning of July in all the three Baltic countries simultaneously. The aim of the exercise is to test national capacity to receive allied forces of a set size in the Baltic countries”, she said.
The national armed forces are capable of rendering such support on its behalf; however, it would definitely not be able to manage without the civilian infrastructure and other state resources. Therefore just like in the case of mobilization, rendering HNS would involve assistance from civilian institutions…
The planning phase covers evaluation of the needs of deploying allied forces on the basis of which HNS will be scheduled. The planning conference is attended by the representatives of the Ministry of National Defence, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Transport and Communications, and Ministry of Environment. The participating audience also includes specialists from the Health Emergency Situations Centre, Police, Fire and Rescue Department, Public Security Service, Road Administration, Port Administration and the Lithuanian Armed Forces.
Host Nation Support is civilian and military assistance rendered by a host nation in peacetime, in case of emergency situations, crisis or conflict to the allied forces or organisations deployed and acting in the territory of the host nation or making a transit crossing. Such assistance is based on the agreements signed between the corresponding receiving and sending nations and/or NATO leadership.
Baltic-Nordic Military Cooperation Aimed At Russia
Defence Professionals March 7, 2012
Baltic-Nordic Defence Cooperation to be Addressed in Denmark
On March 6 and 7, Director General for Capabilities and Armaments of the Ministry of National Defence Brig Gen Almantas Leika and Armaments and Control Systems Department of MOD Col Valdas Siauciulis participate in the meeting of the Nordic Defence Cooperation Military Coordination Committee (NORDEFCO MCC) in Copenhagen (Denmark) where Nordic-Baltic military cooperation will be addressed.
In the meeting representatives of the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian Armed Forces will share information on Baltic Defence Cooperation and projects underway with colleagues from the Nordic countries. In their turn, the Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish representatives will represent military cooperation of the Nordic countries. A discussion on the areas most beneficial in terms of the Nordic-Baltic cooperation is foreseen.
NORDEFCO (Nordic Defence Cooperation) is developed at the level of defence ministers, state secretaries, chiefs of defence, and NORDEFCO MCC (brigadier generals’ level). Meetings of the coordination staff and sub-committees of five areas (strategic development, capabilities, human resources and education, and exercise and training and operations) will also take place.
Lithuania has been developing military cooperation with the Nordic countries since 1994 since the signing of the first treaty on military cooperation with Denmark. Over 400 Lithuanian troops have been sent to long-term courses in the Scandinavian countries since then. The Nordic countries continue supporting trilateral defence cooperation projects between the Baltic States, Norway and Denmark and the latter two deployed their air assets to the Baltic Air Policing mission. The Scandinavian countries render all sorts of material support to the Lithuanian Armed Forces both in the modernization of equipment and training of troops and military units at national level.