Britain to double NATO naval deployments in 2016

'Increasing our NATO deployments sends a strong message to our enemies that we are ready to respond to any threat, and defend our allies,' UK defense secretary says

Britain to double NATO naval deployments in 2016

World Bulletin / News Desk

Britain will double its NATO naval deployments this year to show its enemies it is "ready to respond to any threat", Defence Secretary Michael Fallon was to announce Wednesday.

Britain will play a bigger role in NATO maritime exercises and activities in 2016, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

Fallon was to make the announcement at a NATO defence ministers' meeting in Brussels, where the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) military alliance has its headquarters.

"Increasing our NATO deployments sends a strong message to our enemies that we are ready to respond to any threat, and defend our allies," Fallon was to say, according to an MoD statement.

"2016 will see a particular focus on the Baltic region with our ships sent there as part of the maritime group, the mine counter measure group and the Baltops exercise."

The 28-member NATO alliance is trying to figure out how to adapt to a complicated array of potential threats, including feared Russian land seizures along the borders of countries in eastern Europe and the Baltic nations.

The frigate HMS Iron Duke will operate in the Baltic Sea from January to July, while a destroyer will part of the maritime immediate reaction force from October to November.

The deployments involve around 400 Royal Navy personnel.

The Royal Navy is also sending three mine sweepers with around 130 personnel for NATO operations in the Baltic Sea, North Atlantic, North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.

Two frigates will be sent to the anti-submarine warfare exercise named Dynamic Mongoose, while flagship HMS Ocean, Britain's biggest warship, will contribute to the Baltops exercise in the Baltic Sea.

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