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 Aug 12 2020

Air-Maritime Integration Contributes to NATO’s Deterrence and Defence

RAMSTEIN, Germany - Joint and multi-domain operations are an essential contribution to the Alliance’s Deterrence and Defence in the Euro-Atlantic Area (DDA). Allied Air Command and Allied Maritime Command are implementing this concept by interlinking their air and naval forces, to further increase the capability for enhanced indications and warnings.

“NATO’s Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) and the emerging NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (NAGS) capability can combine with Maritime Patrol Aircraft and ships sailing in international waters during exercises and operations to hone our coordination and networking skills,” says Allied Air Command’s Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, US Air Force Brigadier General Andrew Hansen. 

Training of combined Air and Maritime assets is constantly conducted to achieve an advanced level of true multi-domain capability

“Multi-domain awareness makes us more integrated and benefits how we cooperate both at the operational Command and Control level and during the tactical implementation of our plans using the aircraft and ships the Allies provide to NATO,” he added. 

“Training of combined Air and Maritime assets is constantly conducted to achieve an advanced level of true multi-domain capability and increase our readiness to respond in Defence of all NATO member states,” General Hansen said. “Airmen and sailors need to be aware of how their counterparts operate, communicate and cooperate to fully employ the available assets for the best possible support of the Alliance’s DDA mission,” he concluded. 

Allied Air Command – among others – commands the operations of NATO AWACS and NAGS, and oversees NATO’s 24/7 Air Policing mission across the European Allies, while Allied Maritime Command is the central command of all NATO maritime forces. Both Allied commands are closely coordinating opportunities for networking and interoperability of Allied air and naval forces during missions, deployments and training.

Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office

A Royal Danish Air Force F-16 during Air-Maritime Integration training over the Baltic Sea in 2018. Archive photo courtesy Royal Danish Air Force.
A NATO E-3A AWACS plane on-station during a mission. Archive photo courtesy NATO E-3A Component.
Viewed from a Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter jet, a NATO ship operating in the Baltic Sea. Archive photo courtesy Royal AIr Force.

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