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May 25 2021

Visit of UK's Parliamentary Under Secretary Of State (Minister for the Armed Forces) to STRIKFORNATO

Oeiras, Portugal – The UK's Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for the Armed Forces), James Heappey MP, was welcomed by Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) Deputy Commander, Rear Admiral James Morley to our headquarters, May 25, 2021.

The UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and the STRIKFORNATO command group discussed STRIKFORNATO's unique role, mission and capabilities within the NATO Alliance.

During the visit, STRIKFORNATO's Deputy Commander also had the opportunity to brief James Heappey MP on the main ongoing projects and activities within the headquarters, and to explain how STRIKFORNATO is commanding and controlling At-Sea Demo/Formidable Shield 2021 Exercise from its Joint Operations Centre (JOC).

The UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for the Armed Forces) is responsible for armed forces activity including operations, operational legal matters, force generation and international defence engagement.

On order, STRIKFORNATO will provide a Joint Battle Staff under the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) direct Operational Command (OPCOM) to deliver a rapidly deployable and scalable headquarters capable of planning and executing full spectrum joint maritime operations, primarily through the integration of U.S. naval and amphibious forces, in order to provide assurance, deterrence, and collective defence for the Alliance.

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STRIKFORNATO's Deputy Commander, Rear Admiral James Morley, and leadership from STRIKFORNATO hosted the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for the Armed Forces), James Heappey MP, onboard STRIKFORNATO headquarters Oeiras, Portugal May 25, 2021 during Exercise At-Sea Demo/Formidable Shield 2021 (ASD/FS). 


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