Voices of NATO

There are thousands of Voices of NATO. Soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen. In the field or at a desk. All ranks and 28 nationalities. Do you have a story to tell, or a point of view to express? We welcome your submissions. Read our first article by YN2 Gauthier, who expresses his hope that others will share their stories. Visit our submission page and become one of the Voices of NATO.
This opportunity is open to all NATO service members, active or retired. All submissions are subject to review by the editors, and must conform with Operational Security. Photos are also encouraged.
LTC Carabinieri Alessandro DE FERRARI -One day at CTC-Kabul - PART 2
THE DAY CONTINUES - Our colleagues of the International Police Forces, who operate under the guidance of EUPOL, are teaching highly specialized courses, for crime scene investigation, prevention of violence against women, and prosecutor cooperation.

LTC Carabinieri Alessandro DE FERRARI -One day at CTC-Kabul - PART 1
Welcome to the Central Training Centre of Kabul, the facility where police officers of Afghanistan improve their knowledge of the technical and tactical procedures, undertake courses to advance in their careers and learn how to face effective challenges that have to be overcome to establish and maintain the rule of law in a democratic Afghanistan.

Cdre Bekkering - A comprehensive approach for maritime security
The flagship of TF 508, HNLMS ROTTERDAM, has just left the Seychelles. She is ready for her third counter piracy patrol along the coasts of Somalia, as part of NATO’s Operation OCEAN SHIELD.

Interview with Charlotte Isaksson, Gender Advisor to Allied Command Operations
Allied Command Operations Public Affairs recently conducted an interview with Charlotte Isaksson, the Allied Command Operations Special Advisor on Gender Issues.

Cdre Bekkering - Indivisible Maritime Security
HNLMS ROTTERDAM, flagship of NATO’s counter piracy Task Force 508, has just concluded a successful port visit to Dar-es-Salaam.

Cdre Bekkering - Between the Monsoons
We are almost a month now into the transition phase that separates the monsoons in the Indian Ocean, when pirates traditionally consider this time of year ideal for hunting. Yet, there have been few pirate groups observed at sea; attacks are rare and none are successful.

A Day Aboard HSwMS Kullen
The SHAPE Media team, Staff Sergeant Ian Houlding (GBR Army), Petty Officer H. Lucien Gauthier III (U.S.A. Navy) and Sergent Chef Edouard Bocquet (FRA Air Force) embarked on the HMS Kullen at the end of a larger visit to DANEX/NOCO 2012. Visit to the exercise also included visits to four other vessels from the Lithuanian, Latvian and German Navies. The visits to these other vessels provided insights similar to what was found on the Kullen, however the differences were not quite as stark. What's more, is that the Kullen was the first non-NATO ally ship to be visited during the week.

LNS Dzukas and LVNS Lode Conducts Towing Exercise During DANEX/NOCO 2012
Tuesday, 4 September 2012 at Sea – The LNS Dzukas from the Lithuanian Navy and LVNS Lode from the Latvian Navy conducted a towing exercise (TOWEX) as a part of the larger DANEX /NOCO 2012 exercise. A TOWEX provides the crews of two vessels to practice assisting another vessel by attaching a line between them. 

SHAPE PAO Media Team's Busy Pace at DANEX-NOCO 2012
Over the last 24 hours the ACO Media Team have travelled close to 120 nautical miles in three ships.

SHAPE PAO team reporting from DANEX
SHAPE has a Public Affairs detachment aboard FGS Frankfurt. The team will provide coverage of the Danish and German led exercise, DANEX 2012.

Cdre Bekkering - The other side of the coin
Earlier this week, six suspected pirates were transferred from HNLMS Rotterdam to the authorities of the Seychelles. They were apprehended by NATO's TF 508 flagship on the 13th of August during the liberation of the dhow Burhan Noor.

Cdre Bekkering - After the Monsoon
It is quiet on the north coast of Puntland. The local skiffs are mostly pulled onto the beach. The Yemeni dhows, coming over to purchase the catch of local fishermen, seem to have gone home. The reason for this is pretty straightforward: It is too hot; 32 degrees Celsius--and that is the seawater temperature. "Even the fish go away”, is what the locals tell us. Ramadan makes the effect even bigger than normal. Activity levels go down, family life becomes even more important and sailors and fishermen want to go home.