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The Annual Nordic-Baltic Chiefs of Defence meeting held in Klaipeda, Lithuania

The Annual Nordic-Baltic Chiefs of Defence meeting held in Klaipeda, Lithuania

Posted: 2013-02-11 Category: EMPA news

On January 31 the Chiefs of Defence of Nordic and Baltic countries’ met at the Headquarters of the Lithuanian Navy in Klaipeda. At their two days meeting issues of regional security, joint military projects, such as organizing joint military exercises in the Baltic Sea region, contribution to NATO and the EU-led operations, military capabilities in multinational operations as well as modern security challenges – energy and cyber defence, and their influence on overall security as well as on defence and military capabilities were discussed. 

NATO 2013 Training Synchronisation Conference (TSC) held in Riga, Latvia

NATO 2013 Training Synchronisation Conference (TSC) held in Riga, Latvia

Posted: 2013-01-31 Category: EMPA news

The 2013 NATO Training Synchronisation Conference concluded on 24 January after 3 days of extensive discussions and collaboration. Nearly 180 participants from over 36 countries with representatives from the NATO Command structures, the NATO Member States and the Alliance Partner States had gathered for the event in Riga, Latvia.

Iraq: fragile justice

Iraq: fragile justice

Posted: 2012-11-15 Category: EMPA news

Nearly 10 years after regime change, seven years since the first democratic elections and despite several billion dollars worth of targeted aid, the rule of law in Iraq ranges from fragile to non-existent. In one of the first tests of Europe’s Common Security and Defence Policy, a small and little-known mission, EUJUST LEX-Iraq, is braving the precarious security situation to try to strengthen Iraqi institutions, such as the judiciary, police and prison services.

EMPA's 2012 Best Article and Best Photo Award Winners Announced

EMPA's 2012 Best Article and Best Photo Award Winners Announced

Posted: 2012-10-29 Category: EMPA news

EMPA’s 2012 Best Article and Best Photo Award winners were announced during Association’s General Meeting that took place in Prague, Czech Republic on 18 October 2012. EMPA’s President Mrs. Līga Lakuča in her address reminded participating members and guests that this year for the first time in Association’s history, EMPA’s annual best article and best picture awards’ winners were selected by members’ internet voting. This year there were 4 nominations from 3 countries for EMPA’s 2012 Best Article Award and 37 nominations from 6 countries for EMPA’s 2012 Best Picture Award.

The Baltic States’ Air Policing – a Change of Command and  the Future of the Mission

The Baltic States’ Air Policing – a Change of Command and the Future of the Mission

Posted: 2012-09-10 Category: EMPA news

NATO’s air policing mission in the Baltics was launched in 2004 after Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia joined NATO. Since then air force fighters from 14 countries have performed air policing. There are countries that have fulfilled this mission only once but others, like Germany, have fulfilled the mission already five times. Poland has participated in this mission four times, the United States, France and Denmark three times, Belgium, Norway and the Czech Republic twice. Air policing mission has experienced a number of extensions, the latest being at NATO Chicago Summit this summer where it was extended for indefinite period of time which surely should be regarded as an excellent result of the three Baltic States’ diplomatic performance and cooperation.

Chaplaincy service in Latvia

Chaplaincy service in Latvia

Posted: 2012-09-04 Category: EMPA news

The Most Reverend Archbishop Zbig­ņevs Stan­ke­vičs of the Roman Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese of Riga visited the Latvian National Armed Forces (LNAF) Ādaži base and Chapel; he met with Latvian Chief of Defence (CHOD) Major General Raimonds Graube, LNAF Chief of Chaplains Elmārs Pļaviņš, base units’ commanders and chaplains. During our interview we discussed the life and values, and the chaplains’ role in our armed forces.

Finnish Air Force Joins Nordic Air Meet 2012 over Northern Sweden

Finnish Air Force Joins Nordic Air Meet 2012 over Northern Sweden

Posted: 2012-08-29 Category: EMPA news

The Swedish Air Force hosts a combined live exercise dubbed Nordic Air Meet 2012 in the airspace of Northern Sweden on 27 August to 7 September. The Finnish Air Force’s contribution to the event will be eight Hornet multi-role fighters. Tanker aircraft of the United States Air Force will also be involved, operating out of the Rovaniemi airfield.

Finnish Navy to participate in operational maritime oil pollution response exercise Balex Delta

Finnish Navy to participate in operational maritime oil pollution response exercise Balex Delta

Posted: 2012-08-29 Category: EMPA news

The Navy will participate in the largest ever oil pollution response exercise to be conducted in the Baltic Sea. The Balex Delta exercise, coordinated by the Finnish Environment Institute will be held at sea off the coast of Helsinki from 28-29 August 2012.

 

Some 500 persons will attend the exercise along with over twenty pollution response vessels from nine different countries.

Irish Defence Forces Chief of Staff to visit Finland

Irish Defence Forces Chief of Staff to visit Finland

Posted: 2012-08-29 Category: EMPA news

The Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Seán McCann and his spouse will arrive in Finland today for an official from 27 to 29 August 2012. The Commander of the Finnish Defence Forces, General Ari Puheloinen will host the visit together with his spouse.

Waiting for Bagram

Waiting for Bagram

Posted: 2012-08-25 Category: EMPA news

From August 12th, 2012 on the territory of the 12 Mechanized Brigade barracks in Szczecin, sixteen National Guard soldiers (NG) from Illinois are preparing to participate in the "Bagram XII" exercise.

Slovenia hosted navies from six countries

Slovenia hosted navies from six countries

Posted: 2012-07-24 Category: EMPA news

Military vessels from Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Greece and Italy participated in international naval military exercise ADRION LIVEX 2012 in Slovenia which was conducted in June 2012 in the port of Koper in Slovenia, in the Slovenian territorial sea and in international waters. The exercise organised by Slovenia's military forces command is to strengthen regional cooperation of naval forces.

Course for CPOF operators and HIIDE equipment operation

Course for CPOF operators and HIIDE equipment operation

Posted: 2012-07-16 Category: EMPA news

Information Command Systems, 3D Map and biometric equipment are modern tools of the soldier on a mission.

12th Mechanised Brigade (from Szczecin) prepares intensively for the 12 rotation of the Polish Military Contingent in Afghanistan that will occur in the autumn of this year. Currently, soldiers ended one of the intensive trainings in information equipment operation of command systems called Command Post of the Future (CPOF), which took place in Szczecin.

 

European Defence Conference 2012

European Defence Conference 2012

Posted: 2012-07-05 Category: EMPA news

In current times of economic austerity European cooperation is becoming more and more important to maintain or improve our defence capabilities, can be read in many articles of NATO, EU, EDA, national governments and think tanks. This statement is very true: sharing costs is most often less expensive than paying the bill all by yourself!

Carl Haglund starts as Minister of Defence on 5 July

Carl Haglund starts as Minister of Defence on 5 July

Posted: 2012-07-02 Category: EMPA news

On Friday, 29 June, the President of the Republic of Finland appointed Carl Christoffer Haglund, Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration), a Member of the Government and Minister of Defence as of 5 July. Haglund is Party Leader and a Member of the European Parliament.

Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee visits Latvia

Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee visits Latvia

Posted: 2012-07-01 Category: EMPA news

On Thursday, 28 June General Knud Bartels, Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, starts his two-day working visit to Latvia. General Bartels will visit the Latvian National Armed Forces (LNAF) Ādaži Military Base where he will participate in an award ceremony recognising several Latvian and Norwegian soldiers that have participated in a peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan; later he will visit the School of Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

OSCE Annual Security Review Conference to be held in Vienna

OSCE Annual Security Review Conference to be held in Vienna

Posted: 2012-06-28 Category: EMPA news

The OSCE Annual Security Review Conference is held from 26 June to 28 June in Vienna, Austria. The conference session on conventional arms control and confidence- and security-building measures will be moderated by the Republic of Latvia Ministry of Defence State Secretary Jānis Sārts. 

The new mine countermeasure vessel Katanpää was handed over to the Finnish Navy

The new mine countermeasure vessel Katanpää was handed over to the Finnish Navy

Posted: 2012-06-16 Category: EMPA news

The first one of the three mine countermeasure vessels ordered by the Finnish Navy, MHC (Mine Hunter Coastal) Katanpää was handed over to the Finnish Navy.

The vessel was accepted by the Commander of the Finnish Navy, Rear Admiral Veli-Jukka Pennala at the Intermarine shipyard in La Spezia, Italy. All the three MHC vessels built in Sarzana, Italy will arrive to their Finnish home base in the Archipelago Sea Naval Command during the year 2012.