Atlantic Future Forum - and NATO/Euro Atlantic defence

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Some news stories that hint at things in UK home waters, Northern Europe and the North Atlantic:

Westminster sees out winter with a ranging patrol

HMS Westminster returned home yesterday following a highly successful 15-week deployment protecting the UK’s interests in home waters, North Atlantic and Northern Europe.

Rear Admiral Simon Asquith OBE, the Royal Navy’s Commander Operations, embarked during the morning to welcome the frigate back to her base port at the conclusion of this patrol.

It took her from the Baltic to the Channel Islands, including monitoring a passing Russian submarine. Deployment also took in various trials, training and exercises, including working with the RAF’s new P8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft.


Royal Navy tracks eight warships through UK waters

The Royal Navy has kept close watch on seven warships and one submarine passing in opposite directions through the Channel.

Three British patrol ships – Portsmouth-based sisters HMS Tyne, Severn and Mersey – have been called upon to monitor the presence of seven Russian Federation Navy vessels plus an Algerian submarine as they sailed past the British Isles.
 

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In the Pacific too:



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Delegates will explore topics including climate change, the future of global trade, the technologies of tomorrow and building a secure and sustainable world

As our Chairman @marksedwill explains, this Forum “will be a seminal moment to bring our nations together, strengthen our alliances and explore how we build the stronger, more united world we need.”
 

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Amphibious exercises and other operations in Northern Europe coming up,



I think we have declared the amphibious capability to NATO. Not unlike during the Cold War...
 

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Anyway: Navy's head visits new NATO command ahead of its toughest test yet

Joint Force Command Norfolk – based in Virginia – was set up in 2018 to acknowledge the re-emergence of the Atlantic as a key region for the alliance.

It’s the task of the international headquarters to oversee NATO’s efforts across the North Atlantic, ensuring the strategic lines of communication – from seabed to space – which are central to our daily lives and would be critical to the reinforcement of mainland Europe in an escalating crisis.

Later this month it will face its first large-scale test, Exercise Steadfast Defender, a massive workout for NATO forces by land, sea and air from the Atlantic to Romania, involving upwards of 10,000 military personnel and assets including HMS Queen Elizabeth and her carrier strike group.

HQ personnel in Norfolk, Virginia – a diverse mix of military and civilians from 17 Allied nations – are undergoing an intense period of battle staff training, which First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin witnessed on his visit to the new command.

Commanded by US Vice Admiral Andrew Lewis – also in charge of the US Navy’s Second Fleet – with the Royal Navy’s Rear Admiral Andrew Betton as his deputy, JFC Norfolk is rapidly approaching Full Operational Capability.


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“The expertise and professionalism of Royal Navy personnel, alongside colleagues from across the Alliance is invaluable to bridge the gaps in understanding the complex and dynamic challenges that we face in the North Atlantic and High North,” said Rear Admiral Betton.

The admiral – who previously commanded the UK Carrier Strike Group – believes Steadfast Defender, which takes place at the end of May, will demonstrate what NATO, its new command structure and the Queen Elizabeth task group with its fifth-generation F-35 jets and cutting-edge tech/vessels can do to secure the critical transatlantic link.

“Steadfast Defender is a golden opportunity to demonstrate the Alliance’s capability to coordinate and deliver transatlantic reinforcement in support of the European theatre,” Rear Admiral Betton added.

“Enabled by JFC Norfolk’s flexibility at the operational level, working closely with US Second Fleet as our Maritime Component Commander, the contribution of the HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group is a fabulous portrayal of the UK’s commitment to NATO.”
 

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Some recent news from Italy: ITS Cavour conducts successful F-35B trials

For decades, the bond between Europe and North America has made NATO the strongest Alliance in history. Conducting training and exercises alongside Allies and partners increases our collective capacity and capabilities as well as increased interoperability with the U.S. forces. Its Cavour has truly been an ambassador of this trans-Atlantic bond.

Several Allied carrier strike groups, under national command, will be deployed into SACEUR Area of Responsibility (AOR) in the upcoming weeks and months. These multiple deployments demonstrate the Allied commitment to the maritime enterprise as well as our ability to effectively deliver multi-domain effects.

The multinational character of NATO deployment, exercises and activities reflect Allies’ fundamental commitment to the transatlantic bond and to the principle of collective defence in order to keep peace and preserve security. No Ally can face today’s security challenges alone. We are stronger when we stand together.

Interoperability is an essential component of NATO’s DNA and a key component of Allied forces’ readiness and ability to deter aggression. The aircraft carrier represents the highest expression of a nation’s air/sea power and naval diplomacy. The deployment of an aircraft carrier is an enabling factor, because this kind of unit allows rapid redeployment of capabilities, thanks to its peculiar characteristics of operational readiness, enduring logistic self-reliance, high command and control capabilities, and full freedom of movement, thanks to the International Legal Regime of the High Seas (freedom of navigation and inoffensive transit passage through straits) as established by the UNCLOS.
 

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A Chinese Atlantic Fleet?

In yet another sign that a New Cold War is in the offing, more evidence is emerging that Beijing will indeed seek a global military footprint and will not be content to be a mere regional leader. With regular naval sorties going back more than a decade into the Indian Ocean, a new base in East Africa, and ever more common hints about possible future submarine deployments to the Arctic, this trend is not abrupt or unexpected.

But what of the Atlantic? Will the Chinese Navy dare to dip its toe into the very wellspring of American might? It’s not coincidental, after all, that the West’s premier military alliance is called the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Back in 2017, I revealed a remarkable Chinese research article from an official source that stated candidly that China must pursue an “Atlantic Strategy,” asserting that Beijing should enter the Atlantic to “break the American maritime blockade and develop China’s maritime ‘exterior line’ [打破美国海洋封锁, 发展中国海洋‘外线战略’].” Two years later, a follow-up story appeared in the same official journal, Ocean Development and Management [海洋发展与管理] of the State Oceanic Administration. It is likely not coincidental that this article is once again the lead article in the journal, bespeaking its importance.
 
Really? I think a new Royal Yacht will come as a surprised to a good many people.

Its been pushed for quite a while and theres been some quite innovative ideas on multi purposing it as a research vessel and propulsion etc.
 

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I was referring to they way that many are reluctant to accept that the North Atlantic is the Achilles' Heel of NATO, economically vital to the nations on both sides, and that the Putin regime does indeed post a threat
 

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Does anyone know what ACM Peach actually said?

 

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.....and a security for such as pass on the seas on their lawful occasions.
 
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