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The Royal Netherlands Air Force Koninklijke Luchtmacht prepares to assume the lead of #NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission in January. Read more below.

NATO HQ Aircom | Netherlands to take over Baltic Air Policing lead from France in January

Eleven NATO nations participated in Exercise Iron Sword, a Lithuanian-led, multinational home defence and conventional battle group training exercise near Vilnius, Lithuania. #NATO
Read more about Exercise Iron Sword, a Lithuanian-led, multinational home defence and conventional battle group training exercise near Vilnius, Lithuania. #NATO

SHAPE | Lithuania Hosts Exercise Iron Sword

Look at these photos of soldiers from the Canadian Army during Exercise COMMON GROUND II for a closer view of the action.
NATO’s Deployable Air Command & Control Centre (DACCC) has completed its second deployment exercise in 2016, by successfully providing tactical control of Allied aircraft while deployed at Decimomannu Air Base, Sardinia. Check out what General Tod D. Wolters, Commander HQ AIRCOM said about the successful exercise below:
NATOs largest cyber defense exercise Cyber Coalition 16 ended today held in Tartu, Estonia. This year 27 NATO nations and Partner nations, including Austria, Finland, Ireland, Japan, Jordan and Sweden participated, as well as the European Union Cyber Defence Staff. More details at the following: [ Goo.gl Link ]
The Supreme Allied Commander Europe met earlier this week with Chef d’état-major des armées Gen. Pierre de Villiers to discuss the current challenges NATO is facing and the many ways France is helping the Alliance to take on those challenges.
Exercise Noble Ledger is currently testing over 250 personnel during their final certification to be #NATOs 2017 Very High Readiness Task Force Land Component. Headed by the UKs 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade their goal is to integrate, confirm their interoperability and validate their readiness and capabilities ahead of the NRF mission next year. For more see a story by Headquarters Allied...
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ARRC | Exercise NOBLE LEDGER 16 tests UK 20 AI BDE, VJTF

Happy National Day to Romania as they celebrate their 98th Anniversary of unification!
Check out a video of well wishes from #NATO Resolute Support Mission below:
Read more about how the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) is working with NATO Maritime Command to improve NATOs situational awareness and communication systems at sea.

Security at Sea

If a crisis occurs how does NATO control its air assets? See video below to find out:
Command Sgt. Maj. Davor Petek, ACO CSEL and JFC Brunssum CSEL Command Sgt. Maj. Paul Francis recently visited the #NATO Force Integration Unit Lithuania in Vilnius. The two CSELs visited the NFIU to spend time with the troops and attend a briefing on the operations of the unit.
#NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller led the ambassadors to the North Atlantic Council on a visit to Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum and NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force Headquarters in Geilenkirchen, Germany on Monday, Nov. 28. For more information on the visit see below:
NATO naval corvettes, patrol boats, mine hunters, fighter aircraft, and unmanned underwater vehicles are in the Aegean Sea to participate in NUSRET which will run until Dec. 4. For further information, see below.

NATO navies start exercise in Aegean Sea

Exercise Silver Sabre 2016 ended Nov. 26 with a culmination exercise that tested the participants tactics and techniques in a highly complex exercise. Check out the video below of the training:
Over 400 personnel at the Kalkar-Seydlitz barracks are currently participating in Exercise Kalkar Sky, the certification exercise to become the Air Component of the 2018 #NATO Response Force.

NATO HQ Aircom | Exercise Kalkar Sky 2016 gets under way

The United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, visited the Resolute Support Mission recently to confirm the United Kingdoms continued support to the mission. See below for a short story and photos:
Twenty-four students from universities across Russia and one from the University of Tartu in Estonia, visited Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe yesterday for insight on ACO operations. Read more at the following:

SHAPE | Russian students visit SHAPE for insight on ACO operations

Commanders and senior military officials met in Mons on November 22 to 23 for the 9th NATO CIS Group (NCISG) Commander’s Conference. Find out more at the following:

SHAPE | NATO CIS Group Commanders Conference held in Mons

General Curtis M. Scaparrotti visits troops in #Romania and #Ukraine as the holiday season approaches. More details at the following:

SHAPE | SACEUR visits troops in Romania and Ukraine