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NATO forces warm up for NRF rotations
NATO forces took part in three closely linked exercises from 14-24 May designed to work up forces for the ninth and 10th rotations of the NATO Response Force (NRF), which will begin on 1 July 2007 and 1 January 2008 respectively.The manoeuvres which involved more than 80 maritime units – took place simultaneously in an area encompassing the North Sea, Kattegat, Danish Straits and southern Baltic Sea, including adjacent Danish, German, Swedish and Polish waters, airspace and land.

Anniversary presence: UK’s OPV(H) heads for Falklands
Twenty five years after conflict engulfed the small archipelago of the Falkland Islands, known in Argentina as Las Malvinas, the UK Royal Navy (RN) continues to maintain a standing presence in the South Atlantic.For much of the year a frigate or destroyer, supported by a Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker, is deployed on Atlantic Patrol Task (South) (ATP[S]) – providing a maritime presence to protect UK interests in theregion, give reassurance to the UK Overseas Territories and act “as a deterrent to potential aggressors who may wish to threaten UK nationals, territory or interests”.
Navantia on course to break even
Spanish state-owned military shipbuilder Navantia is expected to break even this year; three years after it was separated from the country’s civilian yards and relaunched as a stand-alone venture. Secretary of State at the Ministry of Economy, David Vegara, said Navantia would emerge from the red and “about balance” this year’s profits, mainly thanks to achieving its biggest ever order book, which last year reached a value of more than EUR5.5 billion (USD7.4 billion)

Norway’s cabinet clears way for NSM production
The Norwegian cabinet has voted to recommend production of the NSM (Nytt Sjomalsmissil or Naval Strike Missile) anti-ship missile to the national parliament (Storting). This will pave the way for a series production contract award to Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace (KDA)
Source: Jane’s defense journal

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