24 Feb 21. Nato begins Dynamic Manta 2021 anti-submarine warfare exercise. The Nato-led multinational annual submarine warfare exercise Dynamic Manta (DYMA21) has commenced off the coast of Sicily in Italy.
The Nato-led multinational annual submarine warfare exercise Dynamic Manta (DYMA21) has commenced off the coast of Sicily in Italy.
Eight allied nations have deployed their ships, submarines, and aircraft and personnel to take part in the exercise that involves anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare training on the central Mediterranean Sea.
Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the US are the participating allies in the exercise.
Nato Submarines Commander rear admiral Andrew Burcher said: “Nato’s annual anti-submarine-warfare exercise Dynamic Manta remains one of the most challenging exercises and an excellent opportunity for Nato nations’ naval forces to practice, evaluate, and refine their anti-submarine skillset in a demanding environment.
“With a constantly evolving threat posture, this exercise is a chance to enhance our naval forces’ war fighting skills in all three dimensions of anti-submarine warfare in a multinational and multi-threat environment.”
The exercise will allow participating nations to train with each other in complex and challenging warfare. The personnel can enhance interoperability and improve ASW and anti-surface warfare skills.
Nato said that submarines from Greece, Italy, Turkey and the US under Nato Submarine Command are joining surface ships from France, Greece, Italy, Spain and Turkey in the exercise.
French Carrier Strike Group Charles De Gaulle is also joining the training this year, alongside five surface units from France, Belgium, Greece and the US.
SNMG2 commander rear admiral Manuel Aguirre Alderguia said: “Dynamic Manta is one of the two major anti-submarine warfare exercises led every year by Nato Maritime Command.
“SNMG2, as a Nato Standing Force, usually participates in this type of exercises, focused not only on training and keeping the high readiness of the force but also on enhancing cohesion and interoperability between force contributing nations, showing Nato presence and assuring allies of the maritime commitment to collective defence.” The exercise will run until 5 March. (Source: naval-technology.com)
23 Feb 21. Boeing, Navy Discuss T-7A As Goshawk Replacement. The Navy has “no program of record right now” to replace its T-45 trainers, said Chuck Dabundo, Boeing VP for T-7 programs, but the company is “working closely with them in answering questions” about the T-7A Red Hawk’s capabilities.
Boeing is talking with the Navy about the T-7A Red Hawk trainer replacing the service’s aging T-45 Goshawk jet trainer, says Chuck Dabundo, program vice president.
“We’ve been in some discussions with the Navy about a couple of different variants of the T-7,” he told reporters today. “There is no program of record right now, [but] we’re working closely with them in answering questions about the platform and its capabilities. And we’re hopeful that it will be able to play a role in the Navy’s training systems as well.”
The Navy in May 2020 released a request for information for a new trainer, capable of landing both on a runway and on a carrier, under its Undergraduate Jet Training System (UJTS) effort. Importantly, the Navy wants an off-the-shelf solution that can be fielded by 2028. It also wants a two-pilot configuration complete with ejection seats. Vendors had until July 2020 to respond to the RFI, but no formal request for proposals has yet been released.
T7-A production for the Air Force is proceeding to schedule, according to Boeing officials speaking during today’s webinar with reporters in advance of the annual February Air Force Association show (virtual this year due to the pandemic.) Delivery of the first fully capable aircraft is slated for 2023.
The first production aircraft is set to roll off the line later this year, Dabundo said. Testing will take place both at Taylor Field and Edwards AFB, he explained. Initial flight testing using the production representative jet (PRJ) has been ongoing for about six months, he elaborated. That will be followed by a second stage using the EMD (engineering, manufacturing and development) model later this year.
“The flight test program is being jointly executed by Boeing and the Air Force,” Dabundo noted.
Boeing and teammate SAAB won a $9.2bn contract to build the T-7A. The Air Force intends to buy 351, with related simulators and ground equipment to train pilots to fly fifth and fourth generation aircraft. But the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IF) contract allows for a buy of up to 475 jets. The Air Force also has ordered T-7A 46 simulators and associated ground equipment, but can purchase up to 120 simulators under the current contract. The first of those are also slated to be delivered in 2023, just prior to the first fully capable aircraft.
Boeing further has set its sights on the possibility that the trainer could be used by foreign air forces as a light-attack aircraft — which is a typical spin-off mission for advanced trainer jets. Dabundo demurred providing details about what modifications the T-7A might require to serve in such a role, only noting that it “would really be very dependent on what the requirements were for the specific customer.” (Source: Breaking Defense.com)
25 Feb 21. Australia has provided $100m for upgrades to the School of Armour, including construction of three-story Armoured Vehicle Simulation Centre. The School of Armour at Puckapunyal will receive a new three-story Armoured Vehicle Simulation Centre as part of a $100m package from the federal government. Works are expected to begin in March and finish late 2022, and will also extend to the modernisation of facilities around the School of Armour including the driver training facilities and tactical simulators. The government expects that the upgrades will employ 200 people at their peak. (Source: Defense One)
23 Feb 21. New T-7A Jet Trainer Flight Test Could Happen This Year. Testing of the next model of the Air Force’s new jet trainer aircraft could happen before the end of 2021, or in early 2022, said Boeing officials Feb. 23. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s toll on the aviation industry, the T-7A Red Hawk program has been moving at pace because of digital engineering, which allowed the engineering team to prioritize staff safety and program efficiency, Chuck Dabundo, vice president and program manager for the Boeing T-7A program, said on a press call.
The Red Hawk is set to replace the Air Force’s legacy training aircraft, the T-38C Talon , a move which is expected to increase safety for trainees and visibility for instructors among other benefits.
Flight tests will continue for the “production relevant jet” model this year, Dabundo added, including one that will take place this summer at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
The first engineering and manufacturing development model of the aircraft to be flight tested is currently under construction at Boeing’s St. Louis facility. Dabundo said that 90 percent of the forward fuselage is complete, and Boeing is awaiting a portion of the aircraft from its partner on the T-7A, Saab. Some of this portion includes software, working instrumentation and some of the structure build of the jet, which will arrive in about a month, he said.
The second phase of production is expected to start at the end of 2021 or early 2022. The T-7A will embark on its first EMD model flight test at that time, Dabundo noted.
“That phase basically takes the actual production jets and confirms what we know, plus do some other testing,” he said.
The flight testing will be jointly executed by the Air Force and Boeing, he noted.
Dabundo said the first delivery of aircraft f slated for fielding is on schedule for 2023 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Initial operating capability is expected in 2024. Tom Bresnahan, Boeing’s senior operations and quality manager of the T-7A, said full size determinant assembly combined with model-based systems engineering have allowed the team to build the aircraft digitally.
Because the first models of the aircraft were digital, engineers could do more testing to ensure that the physical iteration was in good shape, he said.
“Looking at the aircraft here, we were able to sit in a conference room, and … talk with the technicians and mechanics about how to most efficiently put this together, as well as what tools [and] processes were needed to make sure we had first time quality right out of the gate,” Bresnahan said.
He added that digital engineering allowed skins and substructure of the aircraft to come in full size from the supply base, eliminating drilling and limiting the shimming necessary. These adaptations keep quality and efficiency high, while keeping employees safe and healthy, he noted.
Boeing’s portion of the aircraft only took three people to assemble, a minimal number for the company, Bresnahan noted.
“It is extremely game-changing for us on the production floor,” he said.
The Air Force’s indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the T-7A has an estimated ceiling of $9.2bn for both the aircraft and ground-based training systems. The service plans to buy 351 platforms.
Boeing is currently working on initial weapons systems and operational flight trainers for its ground-based training systems, and has sectioned off an area in its St. Louis facility to start integration and evaluating the systems, Dabundo said.
“We’re making great progress on those,” he said. “They will be meshed up with the aircraft portion of the program, and really support IOC in 2024.”
Meanwhile. Boeing is currently in talks with the U.S. Navy to replace the service’s trainer jet, the T-45 Goshawk, Dabundo noted, although no program of record currently exists.
“Now we’re working closely with them answering questions about the platform and capabilities and we’re hopeful that we’ll be able to play a role in the Navy’s training systems as well,” he said. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/NDIA.org)
22 Feb 21. French CSG brings ‘plug-and-fight’ carrier capability to NATO Mediterranean ASW exercise. NATO’s Mediterranean-based anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise ‘Dynamic Manta’ is being bolstered this year by the rare presence of a carrier strike group (CSG). Hosted by NATO’s Maritime Command (MARCOM), ‘Dynamic Manta’ is taking place off Sicily between 22 February and 5 March. The French Navy’s Charles de Gaulle CSG is participating as it transits the exercise area during pre-deployment work-up. In so doing, it is bringing the opportunity for participating submarines and surface ships to train with the CSG as a high-value asset (HVA) in a live NATO exercise in a high-profile maritime region.
“The Charles de Gaulle CSG will join for a limited time, and will enhance its own ASW skills on its way to operational deployment,” Vice Admiral Didier Piaton, MARCOM deputy commander and a French Navy officer, told a pre-exercise online media briefing on 19 February. “What we are looking for is to be able to have capacity to ‘plug-and-fight’ with national units in a NATO operation; that’s exactly what we are doing through ‘Dynamic Manta’ with the CSG’s presence.”
The focus of the exercise ‘fight’ will be six submarines, participating from five countries (France, Greece, Italy, Turkey, and the United States). (Source: Jane’s)
24 Feb 21. Defence Secretary opens £70m British Army facility in Kenya. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has delivered a new headquarters and training facility at Laikipia Air Base East in Kenya.
Nyati Barracks, a £70m facility, was built for the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) to replace their previous infrastructure. Facilities at the new site include a new training headquarters, welfare facilities, 158 Single Living Accommodation and 1,400 transit accommodation bed spaces, a combined mess, a finance building, offices, stores and Joint Forces Enabling Exercise buildings which enable the Royal Engineers to undertake vital training in the construction of permanent infrastructure.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said, “Kenya is one of our leading defence partners in East Africa and this new facility will cement our partnership for decades to come, supporting stability and security in the region. It is only right we provide our personnel stationed overseas with high-quality accommodation and I was delighted to attend the opening of Nyati Barracks.”
The programme provided approximately 400 jobs for Locally Employed Civilians and local contractors and included around 30 women working in traditionally male dominated trades, including electrical and plastering work.
To ensure all employees were operating in a safe environment, DIO worked closely with local authorities and supply chains to introduce UK certified health and safety practices.
A major programme of upskilling for Kenyan staff at the base also took place enabling the transfer of skills into the local community and assisting workers with future employment.
David Graham, Deputy Head Major Programmes and Projects, said:
DIO supports our armed forces by providing what they need to live, work and train and we are proud to have been a part of delivering this superb new facility in Kenya.
The programme was a testing one with seasonal rains and other challenges. However, together with our Overseas and Training Region colleagues we overcame these issues and have delivered a first-class facility that will benefit the army.
Our training unit in Kenya is a vital facility where UK soldiers prepare for operations around the globe. The UK currently has around 230 military personnel based permanently in Kenya, most of them at BATUK, with thousands more visiting the country every year to take part in joint exercises.
Over the past two years, the British Army and the Kenyan Defence Force have conducted 5 joint training exercises from BATUK, involving around 600 Kenyan troops and 4,500 British troops.
Lieutenant Colonel Finlay Bibby, Commander Kenya, Overseas and Training Region said:
BATUK delivers combined arms light role infantry battle group exercises in Kenya.
It is fantastic to have this new, purpose-built infrastructure that enables BATUK to deliver world class training to our battle groups here in Kenya. For many years we were renting land from the Nanyuki Agricultural Society, which had to be vacated every year for the agricultural show.
The new facilities at Nyati Barracks are permanent and will enable a significant increase in training capability and provide more secure facilities for the army to train.
The MOD has secured a substantial settlement of more than £24bn over four years, allowing us to strengthen our investment into defence accommodation, training facilities and bases for our service personnel at home and across the globe. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
24 Feb 21. RAN tests sub detection and tracking capabilities. HMAS Hobart and HMAS Sheean have engaged in a military exercise off the coast of South Australia to test the Navy’s submarine detection capabilities. Guided missile destroyer HMAS Hobart and Colins Class submarine HMAS Sheean have linked up off the coast of South Australia for a military exercise, designed to test the Royal Australian Navy’s submarine detection and tracking capability.
Crew aboard HMAS Hobart attempted to visually identify Sheean, submerged at periscope depth.
Able Seaman Boatswain’s Mate Ricki-Leigh Viney was the first person to detect the Collins Class submarine from the bridge wing of HMAS Hobart.
“The upper decks were full with people using binoculars,” AB Viney said.
“No one thought it would be that hard to spot the periscope, but it was really difficult.”
Upon completion of the naval exercise, the crew of HMAS Hobart conducted tests and trials of the ship’s integrated sonar system, with the ship patrolling the gas and oil platforms in the Bass Strait.
This formed part of the Commonwealth government’s commitment to maintaining a military presence in the region.
HMAS Hobart is now en route to Fleet Base East in Sydney, where it is expected to gear up for Exercise Tasman Shield in March. (Source: Defence Connect)
23 Feb 21. Nova Systems secures CASG training contract. The engineering and management services provider has been tapped to deliver safety training to CASG.
Nova Systems has been awarded a two-year contract to provide system safety training to the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG).
The group’s system safety instructors have been tasked with delivering 10 courses, via either the virtual classroom or face-to-face, to more than 200 CASG engineers.
This builds on existing contracts, with Nova already delivering Acceptance Testing & Evaluation (T&E) and Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) courses.
“Nova has been providing system safety training to Defence Industry and CASG for over 10 years,” Steven Robinson, Nova Systems Australia and New Zealand chief executive, said.
“Since we were recognised as a Registered Training Organisation, we have delivered system safety training to almost 400 people, truly growing sovereign capability in this critical and complex skillset.
“Our instructors are experts in their fields and have real world knowledge and experience to help our clients solve complex challenges. It’s the professionalism and expertise of our trainers, who love to impart their knowledge to our clients, which is our point of difference.
Robinson added: “We’re committed to growing truly sovereign capability, and we know that being able to train professionals in complex capabilities, such as System Safety or Test and Evaluation, is fundamental to growing and maintaining a resilient in-country industrial base.
“Our trainers’ practical advice ensures that students leave the classroom with strong foundation, which allows them to immediately engage in system safety engineering activities in their workplace.”
The System Safety Practitioner Course was developed by and is owned by Nova, and is tailored to domain specialties (Air, Land, Maritime and regulatory frameworks) and to audience interest (introduction project management, specialty engineers). (Source: Defence Connect)
23 Feb 21. 4GD and defence training services provider D3A Defence have joined forces to extend the combined arms training capability of 4GD’s SmartFacility urban training environment.
The collaboration will initially focus on linking D3A’s combined arms training capabilities with 4GD’s ACIES. Newly launched in January 2021, ACIES is the synthetic element of the SmartFacility – an integrated/blended reality system that introduces the synthetic world to the physical SmartFacility environment.
D3A specialise in the development and delivery of Live Virtual and Constructive training methodologies to support efficient exploitation of capacity to the end user. By integrating D3A training capabilities with ACIES, users of the SmartFacility will be able to train for combined arms operations using representative operational hardware interfaces to interact with virtual assets, with actions taken in the virtual world having an effect in the real world, and vice versa.
“D3A is a great match for us, both as another veteran run company and with our respective capabilities complementing each other well. We are already seeing positive responses to early proof of concept work carried out to date,” James Crowley, Business Development Director, 4GD, said. “We expect to have a real impact on this market segment together, and we have many exciting ideas about how we can expand our combined arms offering in the future.”
“We at D3A are delighted to be partnering with 4GD as it’s always a pleasure to work with likeminded companies with the same goal of making a difference for the end-user. We believe that the biggest beneficiary will be the furthest forward man or woman on the battlefield and we know that this feeling is echoed by 4GD, so together we are excited to make a difference.” Craig Haslam, CEO D3A Defence, said.
The 4GD SmartFacility is comprised of 5 levels and combines Integrated Reality, data collection, reactive smart targetry, the 4GAV special effects suite and reconfigurable SimWall; all wirelessly connected to deliver the highest quality training with the maximum flexibility.
4GD specialise in bringing the most cutting-edge technologies to the defence market, in order to reduce the distance between operational reality and training. We use technology to drive operator performance by increasing levels of realism, providing scalable complexity and delivering targeted improvements, all whilst making the systems more intuitive for the user. We already have capability optimising performance in elite units in both the USA & UK.
D3A Defence Ltd specialise in the provision of end-to-end training solutions to the military and uniformed services. As a trusted provider to both UK and International customers, they pride themselves on their ability to bridge the gap between suppliers, manufacturers and the end-user; achieved by understanding the user’s needs and ensuring that these are met within the technical solution and associated training.
15 Feb 21. WARFIGHTER 21 ~ UK Troops Exercise In America. In a recent Press Release covering a meeting between US and UK Generals the US Army announced that 1600 UK troops are to exercise in America. Army leaders from the United Kingdom, Gen. Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, Chief of the General Staff, and Lt. Gen. Ivan Jones, Commander Field Army, met with Gen. Christopher Cavoli, Commanding General US Army Europe and Africa, in the UK
The visit provided an opportunity for the NATO allies to discuss their mutual interests and bilateral military activities in both Europe and Africa. For more than 100 years, the United Kingdom and the United States have stood alongside one another to combat a range of global threats. This is reflected in the deep trust and faith the countries have in each other and our partner of first choice status.
In an era of persistent competition, when adversaries and competitors are becoming more adept at exploiting the seams between peace and war, the US and UK relationship becomes ever more important. Decades of combined operations and training overseas, has developed unrivalled integration and interoperability between our armies, and will allow us to approach new threats together.
Both armies are taking action to best combat the full spectrum of threats. The UK has stood up the new Land Operation Centre and is taking a more global forward posture while the US has merged its USEUCOM and USAFRICOM Army component headquarters and established its V Corps Forward HQ in Poland. This visit was an opportunity for leaders from the UK and US armies to identifying how best to align their interests and focus activities to best effect across Europe and Africa.
For example, British Exercise WARFIGHTER will see around 1600 British Troops deploying to the United States between January and April this year. The exercise gives important insights into the challenges of multinational, corps-level command and control in the toughest of warfighting scenario and provides an opportunity to test many aspects and dimensions of multinational interoperability in a single exercise.
We are proud of our shared history, and equally proud of the current level of investment in ensuring the both Armies remain a credible warfighting partner today, tomorrow and, into the future. (Source: Joint Forces)
15 Feb 21. The UK Ministry of Defence yesterday released a package of images of Army Reserves training last week on Exercise YORKSHIRE STRIKE. 4 YORKS, an Army Reserve infantry unit based across Yorkshire, conducted Ex YORKSHIRE STRIKE serials on 10 Feb 21. This training package included cross-country driving, rifle ranges, and tactical skills as part of a Potential Junior Non-Commissioned Officer (PJNCO) course.
Reserve soldiers are briefed by two instructors before carrying out dry fire manoeuvre drills on 10/02/21 at Warcop Training Area as part of Ex YORKSHIRE STRIKE [Crown Copyright: Cpl Danielle Dawson]
The exercise was conducted across three counties – County Durham, Cumbria, and North Yorkshire. It also involved personnel from 4 LANCS and the QOY. Training like this demonstrates the Army’s commitment to developing its soldiers and continuing to ensure operational effectiveness during these difficult times. (Source: Joint Forces)
18 Feb 21. NATO has today released two videos of UK and Estonian troops conduct winter training in freezing conditions on WINTER CAMP 2021 in Estonia. UK and Estonian soldiers have been training in temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius in Estonia.
They’ve been taking part in Exercise WINTER CAMP. During the exercise troops practised in deep snow and freezing conditions. UK troops also took part in a three-day cold weather operator’s course, learning to build shelters and staying out in conditions well below freezing.
The UK troops, from the 5 RIFLES-led battlegroup, are serving in NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroup Estonia. The Estonian troops are from the Estonian Defence Forces’ (EDF) Scouts Battalion. All NATO eFP Battlegroup Estonia training for Exercise WINTER CAMP, was conducted in line with Estonian national COVID-19 policy. The Battlegroup is currently operating as a ‘bubble’. UK troops from 5 RIFLES-led NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Estonia jump into icy water as part of the cold weather operator’s course in Estonia. This training ensures that they can operate in adverse weather conditions and enables them to be prepared should they fall through the ice in training or on operations. Exercise WINTER CAMP ran from 1 to 12 February 2021. Footage includes various shots of UK and Estonian infantry and cavalry taking part in cold weather exercises. (Source: Joint Forces)
22 Feb 21. Russian ‘Night Hunters’ helicopters from the Pskov region recently destroyed a convoy of armoured vehicles with rocket fire at the firing range. In the Pskov Region, the crews of the Army Aviation Brigade of the Leningrad Army of the Air Force and Air Defence of the Western Military District conducted tactical flight with the use of aviation weapons.
According to the plan of the exercise, the pilots of the Mi-8 multi-purpose helicopters, the Mi-35 and Mi-28N ‘Night Hunter’ attack helicopters moved to an operational airfield in the Leningrad Region. After refuelling, the crews moved to the area of the combat training missions to destroy the columns of automobile and armoured vehicles, as well as the accumulated of manpower of the notional enemy. Departures of combat vehicles to the aviation range were carried out singly and as part of tactical units. To destroy the ground forces and means of the ‘enemy’, unguided aircraft missiles S-13 and S-8, as well as automatic aircraft guns of 30 mm calibre, were used. In total, more than 10 army aviation helicopters and more than 50 military flight crew and engineering personnel were involved in the exercise. (Source: Joint Forces)
10 Feb 21. Greece, Cyprus and the United States joined forces for a Naval Special Operations exercise in the Mediterranean Sea in January. Naval Special Operations Forces from the Greek Underwater Demolition Team (DYK), Cypriot Underwater Demolition Team (UDT), and US Navy Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) joined forces to conduct a maritime exercise in Souda Bay, Greece, January 11-29.
The tri-lateral Special Operations Forces (SOF) exercise, which was designed to better enable global operations, included Over the Beach (OTB), Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS), and Small Boat Interdiction (SBI). “These exercises help keep us sharp, prepared, and consistent. We are able to communicate and integrate fluidly when we train together on a regular basis,” said the US Naval SWCC team leader.
Greek, Cypriot and US Naval Special Operations Forces conducted a Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) in Souda Bay during a trilateral exercise, January 2021 [US SOC Europe: Sgt Monique O’Neill]
The United States, Greece, NATO allies and partners, continuously train together in the European theatre operations to build trust, improve levels of cooperation and combined capabilities. The integration of the Republic of Cyprus is a demonstration of NATO’s commitment to increasing interoperability with regional partners in an effort to promote collective defence and stability.
“The inclusion of Cypriot forces created an opportunity to expand capabilities and relationships with partner nations in the neighbouring area. We are all strong nations individually, but we can grow stronger by working collectively, in the context of joint military training activities,” said Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, Greek Minister of National Defence. “It’s imperative to understand that we can always learn and grow stronger by cross-training together with our partners and allies.”
Although Cyprus has been divided since 1974, the country has a unified military and training objectives. “We know the importance of joint exercises like this and hope to work closely with partners in the future in order to promote peace and stability in our region,” said Charalambos Petrides, Minister of Defence of Cyprus.
Naval Special Operations Forces from the Greek Underwater Demolition Team (DYK), Cypriot Underwater Demolition Team (UDT), and US Navy Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) conducted a Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) in Souda Bay during a trilateral exercise, January 2021
[US SOC Europe: Sgt Monique O’Neill]
To enhance the VBSS training experience for the SOF participants, the Hellenic Navy added a frigate, HS Kanaris, from their fleet to the exercise. “This training was very useful for our ship and our crew. We are very proud to have the Special Forces from all three countries on board,” said Lieutenant Commander George Lykousas of the Hellenic Navy.
Throughout the entirety of the exercise, the SOF components used Combatant Craft Assault (CCA) assigned to Special Operations Command Africa.
“The collective efforts enabling global operations increase interoperability in a maritime environment, alongside our NATO allies and partners, helping increase security and stability in the region,” said US Air Force Maj. Gen. David Tabor. “We appreciate having this opportunity to build upon already strong relationships while also improving cooperation between Special Operations Command Africa and Special Operations Command Europe.” (Source: Joint Forces)
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