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The German Delegation to NATO represents Germany’s foreign and security ...

...  policy interests within the North Atlantic Alliance. It is headed by the Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany on the North Atlantic Council, Ambassador Hans-Dieter Lucas. While the delegation is part of the Federal Foreign Office, its staff come not only from the FFO but also from the Federal Ministry of Defence and other ministries and government agencies, to ensure that the delegation can cover the full spectrum of NATO activities. Our web pages will provide you with information on NATO-related foreign and security policy issues.

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...  in our efforts to promote peace in these troubled times. And although the UN Security Council has increasingly been on the receiving end of criticism and is, unfortunately, blocked on occasions, it nonetheless remains the only body capable of adopting conflict prevention and peace keeping measures that are binding in international law. Despite all scepticism, in the last year the Council has unanimously adopted 60 out of 63 resolutions. The Security Council is the central global crisis manager!" (Former Foreign Minister Steinmeier)

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Key dates in 2017

Event
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Venue
Meeting of Defence Ministers
Nov. 8/9, 2017
Brussels
Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers
Dec. 5/6, 2017
Brussels
Meeting of Heads of States and/or Government
2018 - exact date to be confirmed
Brussels

The Romanian sail training ship Mircea at sea

“Toate pânzele sus!” on training ship Mircea

Souda, Crete, 18 September 2017 It’s “Set all sails!” or “Toate pânzele sus!” for the crew of the Romanian sail training ship Mircea. After taking one last look at the cathedral of Palma, the capital...

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Up close to the Arctic Circle

Vidsel Test Range, Sweden, 5 September 2017 Eurofighters belonging to the German Air Force have been flown to the test range at Vidsel in Sweden to test their air-to-surface capability. The verificat...

Taking off from Vidsel for the first mission

Taking off from Vidsel for the first mission

A pilot (left) carrying some light luggage after landing at Vidsel

A pilot (left) carrying some light luggage after landing at Vidsel

A Eurofighter in the maintenance hangar being prepared for its next flight

A Eurofighter in the maintenance hangar being prepared for its next flight

A Eurofighter taxiing to its starting position

A Eurofighter taxiing to its starting position

A Eurofighter parked under a protective roof

A Eurofighter parked under a protective roof

A pilot performing ground checks

A pilot performing ground checks

Technicians getting the Eurofighter ready for weapon loading

Technicians getting the Eurofighter ready for weapon loading

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Semper Paratus – Always ready

The Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC) celebrating its 50th anniversary Glücksburg, 19 September 2017 Search and rescue – that’s the job of the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre in G...

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Message from Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, for the Day of German Unity on 3 October 2017

Almost three decades ago, we celebrated German reunification and the end of the division of Europe into East and West. To this day, people all over the world are moved when they recall how this separation was overcome.

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Germany advises Afghan Air Force in northern Afghanistan

Mazar-e-Sharif, 14 September 2017 Doesn’t everyone dream of that sense of freedom, of flying through the air like a bird? Many of us will never get beyond kite-flying. For several Afghan airmen, thou...

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Northern Coasts 2017: Game of Thrones in the Baltic Sea

Kiel, 8 September 2017 Autumn is manoeuvres season. Today marks the start of the tenth annual Northern Coasts exercise, which will see around 5,000 servicemen and ‑women from 17 different countries p...

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The objective: to keep the battlegroup ready for action

Pabradė, 6 September 2017 Shortly after assuming responsibility for the battlegroup, the second German contingent has been demonstrating its operational readiness at the Pabradė training area. The ex...

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Q&A on the NATO Framework Nations Concept

6 September 2017 Initiated and coordinated by Germany, the Framework Nations Concept (FNC) helps European countries work together to purposefully develop a selection of military capabilities. In the...

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German infantry join multinational training in Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia, 30 August 2017 Captain Felix Peitzner* gives his orders, and the section leaders issue their troops with instructions. Machine guns and shoulder-fired antitank weapons are prepared,...

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Arrival of the new flagship Lübeck

Frigate Lübeck relieves flagship Brandenburg

Souda Bay, 4 September 2017 The frigate Brandenburg has been out on a mission for almost five months. Now its replacement has finally arrived. The frigate Lübeck will be the new flagship in the Aegea...

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“Fire extinguished” – German contingent helps fight fire

Prizren, 18 August 2017 There has been a fire in a building right next to the military camp in Prizren, and that in the middle of the night. But thanks in part to the German contingent’s firefighting...

The heavy smoke that impeded the firefighters’ efforts

The heavy smoke that impeded the firefighters’ efforts

The firefighting squad and their fire engines in action

The firefighting squad and their fire engines in action

Putting on breathing apparatus

Putting on breathing apparatus

Quick conference before the squad enters the burning building

Quick conference before the squad enters the burning building

Double-checking the correct position of the fire hose

Double-checking the correct position of the fire hose

The fire fighters using blankets to keep warm while resting

The fire fighters using blankets to keep warm while resting

Further reinforcements from Prizren

Further reinforcements from Prizren

Georgian participants at the training area in Hammelburg: the driving instructor uses a toy car to explain the individual exercises and demonstrate how the vehicle will react.

Overcoming obstacles

At the Motor Vehicle Training Centre in Hammelburg, Georgian infantry soldiers are learning to drive German Dingo 2 vehicles, as the Georgians are to support Bundeswehr troops deployed in Afghanistan....

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German-Croatian diving training: safety first

Eckernförde, 15 August 2017 Clearance divers from the Eckernförde-based Sea Battalion have been training with the Croatian Navy. The high-risk job demands the highest possible concentration on one’s ...

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Steinmeier visits German soldiers in Lithuania

Rukla, Lithuania, 29 August 2017 Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has visited Enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Lithuania as part of his four-day trip to the Baltic states. Next to this ...

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Apollo – pointing us towards a shared future

Utrecht, Netherlands, 14 August 2017 The Apollo project exemplifies German-Dutch cooperation in the area of ground-based air defence. Plans for it include a binational Air and Missile Defence Academy...

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Everyone pulling together: training aboard the Mircea

Wilhelmshaven, 10 August 2017 The Romanian sail training ship Mircea lies at anchor in the calm waters of Wilhelmshaven, with a cloudless blue sky above her. But on board, the busy men and women in b...

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CBRN defence soldiers cleaning German vehicles in special facility

A decontamination facility in a huge tent of the mission support company has become the workplace of German CBRN defence soldiers in Lithuania. Their job: to disinfect all military equipment before it...

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Foreign soldiers receive German proficiency badge

Bétera, Spain, 28 July 2017 The German contingent of the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps – Spain recently invited 21 soldiers from Greece, Spain, Italy and the United States to Bétera in the Spanish Prov...

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CBRN defence specialists in enhanced Forward Presence

Rukla, Lithuania, 2 August 2017 They’ve been in Lithuania, far from home, for 122 days of disinfection, fire-fighting, training and exercises. The 3rd company of 750 “Baden” CBRN Defence Battalion ha...

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Naval missions: it all began in the Adriatic

Rostock, 27 July 2017 Twenty-five years ago, the German Navy embarked on a new era. Its active involvement in the United Nations embargo against Yugoslavia marked the Bundeswehr’s transition into an ...

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Enhanced Forward Presence in Lithuania under new command

Rukla, Lithuania, 8 August 2017 Lieutenant Colonel Gensler’s 371 Mechanised Infantry Battalion from Marienberg in Saxony has taken over command of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) in Rukla, Lit...

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NATO airmen to the rescue

Uedem, 14 July 2017 Rescuing someone from a burning vehicle requires a great deal of courage. It was exactly such a situation that NATO airmen Martel Sullyvan and Charles Libro were confronted with on...

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A blog full of adventures: the “Main” roaming the North Atlantic

Eckernförde, 2 August 2017 When the replenishment ship “Main” of the 1st Submarine Squadron meets the submarine U 32, it has just completed the Dynamic Mongoose NATO manoeuvres off the coast of Icela...

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Vital skills

Suffield, Canada, 28 July 2017 Fourteen NATO Nations are currently in the Canadian prairie practising CBRN defence (countering chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons). Germany is one ...

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The first six months are over – rotation begins in Lithuania

Kaunas and Šeštokai, Lithuania, 31 July 2017 Following a decision taken at the July 2016 NATO summit, Germany became the framework nation for a multinational battlegroup in one of the Baltic states i...

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Relief forces are on the way: Marienberg light infantry head for Lithuania

Marienberg, Saxony, 24 July 2017 It’s finally time. After months of preparation, the soldiers of 371 Mechanised Infantry Battalion are starting their enhanced Forward Presence mission at long last. Fo...

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Manoeuvres and a change of command: visiting the Dutch Korps Mariniers

Texel and Vlissingen, the Netherlands, 18 July 2017 The Sea Battalion of the German Navy and the Dutch marine corps, the Korps Mariniers, are growing ever closer together. Commander Axel Meißel, comm...

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The sounds of the sea

At sea, 19 July 2017 When someone mentions music in the navy, you might imagine the sound of a naval band playing on the pier, or sailors singing sea shanties on deck – but would you think of rock mu...

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Under cover of darkness: military bridges laid across the Olt

Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania, 19 July 2017 As the day draws to a close on 16 July, military convoys cut through the normal traffic chaos in Râmnicu Vâlcea. In one of them, German engineers are driving the...

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Georgian Quick Reaction Force combat-ready for Afghanistan

For more than half a year, 391 Mechanised Infantry Battalion has been training a company of the Georgian armed forces which will provide the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) for the Resolute Support Mission...

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Portuguese delegation visits German Army Headquarters

Strausberg, Brandenburg, 19 July 2017 On 13 July, a Portuguese delegation of aspiring generals and admirals visited the German Army Headquarters in Strausberg near Berlin. Major General Carsten Breu...

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Ozelot missile platforms in Lithuania: protection from aerial attacks

Rukla, 6 July 2017 Around 6,000 servicemen and -women from nine different NATO nations, including around 1,300 from the enhanced Forward Presence battlegroup, have spent almost two weeks training wit...

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NATO’s eyes and ears – the AWACS force turns 35

Geilenkirchen, 2 July 2017 They are constantly on the go. Policing the airspace over the Baltic states and Syria, monitoring the skies during state visits to Germany and helping to combat smugglers in...

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Europe invests in NATO

Brussels, 30 June 2017 European Security and Defence Policy was significantly strengthened at the Meeting of NATO Defence Ministers held in Brussels. Ursula von der Leyen signed several agreements wit...

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Iron Wolf: friends as well as partners

Rukla, Lithuania, 23 June 2017 The multinational enhanced Forward Presence battlegroup in Lithuania is fully operational – as the servicemen and -women from Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway and German...

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Common funding: NATO’s collective financing mechanism

Foreign and security policy is riding high. Seldom have such varied and complex crises and challenges coincided. NATO has a key role in efforts to tackle them. Alongside collective defence – which has...

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Framework Nations Concept: cooperation intensifies

Brussels, 29 June 2017 The Allies involved in the Framework Nations Concept, or FNC, have met on the margins of the NATO Defence Ministerial Meetings in Brussels to reaffirm their cooperation. The FN...

Four plus four declaration: reaffirming NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence in Eastern Europe

Together with their counterparts from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland, the defence ministers of Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States have reaffirmed their commitment to enha...

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Send-off for light infantry from Marienberg deployed to the Baltic

Marienberg, Saxony, 23 June 2017 On 21 June, the servicemen and -women of 371 Mechanised Infantry Battalion bid farewell to their loved ones and the local population with an official parade in Marienb...

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Opening ceremony of the Iron Wolf exercise

Berlin, 22 June 2017 It’s a busy morning at the barracks of the Iron Wolf Brigade, as the opening ceremony of the Lithuanian large-scale exercise Iron Wolf is about to begin. The exercise is part of t...

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Multinational Iron Wolf exercise starts in Lithuania

Rukla, Lithuania, 21 June 2017 The sun is still high this afternoon, and temperatures have increased to a pleasant 20 degrees centigrade. On the usually quiet bank of the river Neris, British and Ger...

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Soldiers from Munster prepare Mongolian troops for deployment

Ulan Bator, Mongolia, 20 June 2017 The soldiers of 9 Armour Demonstration Brigade have helped prepare Mongolian troops for deployment to Afghanistan since 2012. Twice a year, some 50 German soldiers t...

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200 tonnes of equipment for Iron Wolf in Lithuania

Todendorf, Panker, 19 June 2017 On board the Victoria Seaways ferry, the servicemen and -women of 3 Squadron, 61 Surface-to-Air Missile Group, are heading to the Baltic. Their route will take them fro...

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Saber Strike – more than a series of manoeuvres

Szczecin, Poland, 15 June 2017 The Saber Strike exercise programme is one of the largest international manoeuvres taking place this year. It involves a series of multinational exercises led by US Army...

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EFP: the amphibians have arrived

Šeštokai, Lithuania, 16 June 2017 The morning’s torrential rain has given way to glorious sunshine by the time the soldiers of 901 Heavy Engineer Battalion from Minden arrive in Šeštokai. A little whi...

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Flaming Thunder 2017 – artillery exercise in Lithuania

Pabradė, Lithuania, 16 June 2017 A dull booming echoes across the training area at Pabradė in Lithuania. Shortly thereafter, huge clouds of soil fountain up into the air as the artillery projectiles ...

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BALTOPS 2017: German Navy on manoeuvres with 13 nations

Rostock, 2 June 2017 On 2 June, the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) navy exercise began in the waters off Bornholm and the western Baltic Sea. The German navy is playing its part in the US-led manoeuvre. ...

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First rotation of a Battlegroup company in Lithuania

Rukla, Lithuania, 7 June 2017 A hundred soldiers are waiting on the large parade ground in Rukla. Heavy rain is falling from the sky as the Lithuanian brigade commander gives the farewell speech. The...

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Enhanced Forward Presence participating in the Armed Forces and Public Unitiy Day

Panevėžys, Lithuania, 6 June 2017 Saturday morning, 9.00 a.m. The centre of the Lithuanian city of Panevėžys gets busy. Flatbed trucks of the Lithuanian armed forces and enhanced Forward Presence Batt...

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EFP: delaying operation under live fire

Pabrade, Lithuania, 31 May 2017 The turret of the battle tank moves with a soft whirring sound, seconds later a bang can be heard. “One enemy infantry vehicle destroyed. We continue observation,” the ...

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Norwegian vehicles arrive in Lithuania

Klaipeda, 30 May 2017 Members of enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Lithuania are awaiting a special cargo at the docks of Klaipeda. Their wait is rewarded shortly before dawn, when the cargo vesse...

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Tear down this Wall – and bring a piece to Brussels

And how does civil-protection helicopter Christoph 4 fit in? The fact that the Berlin Wall is now history is thanks in part to the Federal Republic of Germany’s consistently transatlantic approach to ...

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Multinational Battlegroup Lithuania trains for high-intensity combat

Pabradė, Lithuania, 23 May 2017 Training and exercises are all in a day’s work for the enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Lithuania. This time, the German and Dutch combat companies are underta...

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In my wee gas mask: TIM inspections in Kosovo

Prizren, 19 May 2017 Sniffing out potential threats in industrial plants in Kosovo is one of Major Ulrich Michael H.’s main jobs. The senior CBRN officer advises the commander of the 46th German Conti...

NATO: Meeting of heads of state and government in Brussels

The heads of state and government of the NATO countries met in Brussels on 25 May 2017 to take part in the official handover of the new NATO headquarters from Belgium to NATO. Federal Chancellor Ang...

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NATO, the Wall and the THW

During the meeting of NATO heads of state and government held on 25 May 2017, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel unveiled two segments of the Berlin Wall, a gift from Germany to NATO for its new headqua...

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Contributing with commitment

NATO meeting on 25 May: Germany provides ever more staff, equipment and funding for the Alliance When the NATO heads of state and government meet on 25 May, one of their key topics of conversation wi...

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Award of German lanyards recognises international marksmanship

Rukla, 16 May 2017 What could be finer than embellishing your uniform with a proud distinction? The award at stake in the recent international shooting contest in Rukla was the German marksmanship lan...

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Preparations for eFP: Infantry troops from Marienberg on manoeuvres in Estonia

Marienberg, 16 May 2017 The 3rd Company of 371 Armoured Infantry Battalion has deployed to Estonia to participate in the 2017 Spring Storm exercise. There, they are preparing for their future assignm...

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Distance is no object: the crew of replenishment ship Bonn run the Bonn half-marathon at sea

At sea, 18 April 2017 Real athletes are known for their fighting spirit, their ability to keep going even when their whole bodies are screaming in exhausted protest. Servicemen and -women gain that sk...

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German engineers join NATO Summer Shield exercise for the first time

Rukla, 11 May 2017 German soldiers have once more taken part in the annual multinational Summer Shield exercise. In addition to CBRN forces, soldiers from the enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Lit...

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An eight-month continuous operation: change of contingent for Baltic Air Policing

Ämari, Estonia, 4 May 2017 The German air force has handed over responsibility for Baltic Air Policing to the relief contingent during a formal ceremony held at Ämari. As of May 4, the airspace at NAT...

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Stetten artillery ready for Lithuania

Stetten am kalten Markt, Baden-Württemberg, 3 May 2017 The servicemen and -women of the 2nd Battery of 295 Artillery Battalion will shortly be taking part in NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence in Lithua...

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German Government decided to continue participation in NATO-led Kosovo Force - ceiling for troop numbers reduced

Berlin, 10 May 2017 | Federal Government The participation of German servicemen and -women in the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) is to continue, the Federal Cabinet has decided. As the situation in Kos...

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Full throttle on the ground – my monkey wrench and me

The ground trembles. As an unbearable roaring rends the air, I fight a strong urge to drop my camera and use my hands as extra noise-cancellers. Full throttle: exerting an incredible amount of power, ...

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Merkel: Showing strength and readiness for dialogue

Chancellor Merkel explains NATO policy in view of the new security situation in Europe 6 May 2017The interview was conducted by Sebastian Feyock, a programme officer from the think tank of the German...

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Everyone gets stuck in: an exercise brings the team together

Leeuwarden, Netherlands, 7 April 2017 Ten Eurofighter aircraft and around 200 servicemen and -women have spent two weeks in the Netherlands. The Frisian Flag exercise held in Leeuwarden concentrated o...

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German Luftwaffe: Reinforcing NATO Baltic Air Policing 2016/2017 from Ämari Air Base, Estonia

From September 2016 until the end of April 2017, the German air force was engaged in protecting the airspace over the Baltic States, alongside the air forces of France and the Netherlands which had ta...

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The Franco-German Brigade: high-intensity combat training on the Letzling Heath

Gardelegen, 24 April 2017 23,000 hectares of training terrain, 1000 soldiers in action: for two weeks, the soldiers of the Franco-German Brigade have been practising high-intensity combat at Germany’s...

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German naval soldiers honoured with US Expert Field Medical Badge

Grafenwöhr, 20 April 2017 For two weeks, over 210 soldiers from eleven nations took part in one of the most difficult and prestigious examinations of the US army. Only a very few pass the exam. This t...

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Girls'Day 2017 – Future Prospects for Girls

State Secretary Katrin Suder welcomes visiting schoolgirls to the Federal Ministry of Defence The Federal Ministry of Defence in Berlin will be among those marking the German Government’s Girls'Day...

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Enhanced Forward Presence: further reinforcements in place

Rukla, Lithuania, 11 April 2017 On the late evening of 30 March, 58 specialists of the CBRN defence corps from Bruchsal arrived at Kaunas airport. They were received by members of their advance party ...

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Persistent Presence 2017: air policing to go

Lielvārde Air Base, Latvia, 11 April 2017 The Bundeswehr’s 3 Tactical Air Command and Control Group is about to move over 800 tonnes of equipment and nearly 100 soldiers to Latvia. The unit is curr...

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Enhanced Forward Presence: map exercise

Rukla, Lithuania, 7 April 2017 The enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Lithuania has been practising delaying tactics as part of a week-long map exercise. All nations involved in the battlegroup too...

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VJTF exercise: Artillery units demonstrate their skills in Baumholder

Baumholder, Rhineland-Palatinate, 3 April 2017 The Munster-based artillery will be providing Germany’s contribution to the multinational artillery battalion of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Forc...

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Indispensable – the logistic support company of enhanced Forward Presence

Rukla, Lithuania, 22 March 2017 They work behind the scenes, making sure that engines keep running and sufficient spare parts and supplies are available – the enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Lit...

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Chief of Defence visits German soldiers in Lithuania

Rukla, Lithuania, 27 March 2017 The German Chief of Defence, General Volker Wieker, travelled to Lithuania on 23 March to gain a first-hand impression of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence. After his...

Lieutenant Colonel Huber, the battlegroup commander, welcoming the Prime Minister to the Rukla barracks.

An important visitor: Lithuanian Prime Minister visits battlegroup

Rukla, Lithuania, 4 April 2017 Lithuania’s Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis visited the Iron Wolf Brigade and the enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Lithuania in Rukla on 28 March to gain an impre...

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Interview with Commodore Deertz: “We provide a link”

For three months now, Commodore Axel Deertz has been in command of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 vessels in the Mediterranean. In line with a decision taken by the Alliance, parts of this SNMG2 f...

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Estonia at night: the smallest light can show the way

Ämari, Estonia, 10 March 2017 It is pitch dark at Ämari airbase. An icy wind batters the runway. Thick clouds cover the sky. Loud bangs and rumbling reveal that the Eurofighters are up in the air – b...

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Reinforcing enhanced Forward Presence: CBRN defence forces headed for Lithuania

Bruchsal, 14 March 2017 As of 28 March, part of a company of 750 CBRN defence batallion from Bruchsal will support enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) in Lithuania. Different support elements such as CBRN...

An eFP BG LTU detachment marching in formation through Jonava.

EFP Battlegroup soldiers participate in independence day festivities

Rukla, Lithuania, 15 March 2017 On 11 March 1990, Lithuania declared its independence from the Soviet Union. The enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Lithuania soldiers participated in numerous event...

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Enhanced Forward Presence: a joint show of strength

Rukla, Lithuania, 15 March 2017 All is quiet in the Rukla training area. There is good visibility across the extensive terrain. The sandy plain is criss-crossed with ditches and punctuated by small pa...

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Enhanced Forward Presence: infantry soldiers training in Lithuania

Rukla, Lithuania, 14 March 2017 The bulk of the German core of the enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Lithuania (eFP BG LTU) has been in Rukla since the beginning of March, together with its combat...

Lithuania: Bringing NATO soldiers good luck

Rukla, Lithuania, 9 March 2017  The first forces providing NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence have been in Lithuania since the end of January. There are now around 550 soldiers from three different cou...

Temporary headquarters: the nerve centre is operational

Rukla, Lithuania, 8 March 2017 Sunday evening in Rukla, Lithuania: While many people are enjoying the remainder of their weekend, the enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup solders have been busy in t...

Leopard and Marder combat vehicles arrive in Lithuania

Šeštokai, Lithuania, 24 February 2017 A rail shipment of 20 Marder infantry combat vehicles and six Leopard 2 battle tanks reached its destination on 24 February. With more than 400 soldiers as well ...

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Side by side - Lithuania celebrates Independence Day alongside NATO soldiers

Rukla, Jonava district, Lithuania, 21 February 2017 It was on 16 February 1918 that Lithuania, previously occupied by Russia and, during the First World War, by the German Empire, declared its indepen...

Enhanced Forward Presence: Infantry combat vehicles and battle tanks shipped to Lithuania

Twenty Marder infantry combat vehicles, six Leopard battle tanks and three recovery tanks are on their way to Lithuania. A total of around 120 containers and 200 vehicles have been shipped since mid-J...

Speech given by Federal Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen to open the 53rd Munich Security Conference alongside US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on 17 February 2017

Translation of advance text For the US Defense Secretary and the German Defence Minister to be opening this conference together is a good sign for the friendship between our countries. We stand her...

Munich Security Conference 2017

The 53rd Munich Security Conference took place from 17 to 19 February, attended by at least 28 Heads of State and Government, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and 80 Ministers for Foreign Affai...

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NATO Defence Ministers focus on close cooperation

Brussels, 15 February 2017 Ursula von der Leyen travelled to Brussels on 15 February to participate in a two-day meeting of NATO Defence Ministers. On the margins of the meeting, the first to be atten...

Projecting Stability: Germany contributed more than 7.1 million EUR to NATO Trust Fund projects in 2016

From its 2016 budget, Germany has made voluntary contributions of an overall sum of 7,133,500 € to a variety of Trust Fund projects in the NATO Partnership for Peace (PfP) context, for Ukraine and for...

“What we are seeing here to today – this is NATO”

Rukla, Lithuania, 7 February 2017 Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen joined Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaitė and Lieutenant-General Jonas Vytautas Žukas, commander-in-chief of the Lithuania...

Getting things moving – vehicles on the way for enhanced Froward Presence

Grafenwöhr, Bavaria, 2 February 2017 At the Grafenwöhr training area, the vehicles stand in a long row by the loading ramp. Everything that happens in the next few hours will be coordinated by one ma...

Enhanced Forward Presence: Starting to take shape

Rukla, Lithuania, 1 February 2017 Planning, sawing, hammering, tightening screws and hauling loads – the advance party of the Enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Lithuania is keeping busy. There...

Lieutenant-Colonel Christoph Huber, the German Commander of the enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Lithuania, visited the NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU) in Vilnius on 26 January. An NFIU serves as the transatlantic Alliance’s link to a host country.

Enhanced Forward Presence: Commander visits NATO Force Integration Unit

Vilnius, Lithuania, 31 January 2017 Lieutenant Christoph Huber, the German Commander of the enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Lithuania, visited the NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU) in Vilni...

Lithuania: "every support" for German soldiers

Rukla, Lithuania, 27 January 2017 Lieutenant Christoph Huber has reported to the Iron Wolf brigade of the Lithuanian armed forces shortly after the arrival of his 17‑strong advance party. The first B...

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Enhanced Forward Presence: First German Soldiers arrive in Lithuania

Vilnius, Lithuania, 25 January 2017 The first German soldiers have arrived in Lithuania to help set up a multinational NATO battalion. They landed in the capital city of Vilnius in the early evening ...

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First Unit for Lithuania

Oberviechtach, 18 January 2017 The first members of the NATO Battlegroup arrive in Lithuania at the end of January. Around 460 German soldiers form part of the unit, most of them provided by 122 Mech...

Thursday: pre-deployment parade in Oberviechtach

Oberviechtach, Bavaria, 17 January 2017 Not long to go now:  the first members of the Oberviechtach combat unit will deploy to Lithuania as part of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence at the end of Janu...

The Permanent Representative of Germany on the North Atlantic Council

Ambassador Lucas

Ambassador Hans-Dieter Lucas has been representing Germany on the North Atlantic Council and heading the German Delegation to NATO in Brussels since July 2015.