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NATO Maritime Commander visits NMIOTC and Hellenic Navy

PIRAEUS, Greece - The Commander of NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM), Vice Admiral Peter Hudson CB CBE, paid a two-day visit to the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre (NMIOTC) and the Hellenic Navy headquarters last week in conjunction with a visit to Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO (SNMG2).

On Thursday in Souda Bay, Vice Admiral Hudson visited Souda Naval Base and NMIOTC, where he met with Commodore Dimosthenis Chelmis and Commodore Ioannis Pavlopoulos.  Vice Admiral Hudson received briefings, observed Advanced Maritime Law Enforcement Training and met with some NMIOTC students from Djibouti Code of Conduct countries.

NMIOTC’s mission is to conduct the combined training necessary for NATO forces to better execute surface, sub-surface, aerial surveillance, and special operations activities in support of Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO).  In this context theoretical and practical training is also extended to Non NATO partners. During 2014, NMIOTC conducted 113 training events for 1738 trainees, improving Allied Navies’ MIO expertise through specific training programmes that promote interoperability and cooperation.

Friday in Athens and Piraeus, Vice Admiral Hudson met with the Chief of the Hellenic Navy General Staff, Vice Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis, and the Hellenic Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Panagiotis Listas, before visiting Hellenic Navy and SNMG2 warships. The Admirals discussed NATO’s Readiness Action Plan, including the establishment of a Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), maritime force generation issues, security along NATO’s southern flank, developments in the Hellenic Navy, Regional Military Cooperation, and NATO’s counter-terrorism Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR.

Vice Admiral Hudson concluded his trip with a meeting with Commander SNMG2 Rear Admiral Brad Williamson and the Commanding Officers of SNMG2.

"This visit to my Hellenic Navy counterparts and SNMG2 has proved very fruitful,” said Vice Admiral Hudson. "We face significant challenges on the southern flank of the Alliance that demand their share of our attention in support of Allied maritime security objectives.”

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