History's first permanent international naval squad on, the Standing Naval Force Atlantic of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, has a new leader, Commander R.
History's first permanent international naval squad on, the Standing Naval Force Atlantic of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, has a new leader, Commander R. allen of the United States Navy. With his predecessor, Commander Douglas Boyle of Canada, he watched ships of the force exercising off the Dutch coast today (tuesday).
Ships of this Nato Squadron have sailed more than 50 000 miles (80,000 km) in the North Atlantic in the past year. This week they are calling at Rotterdam. They are mostly destroyers and frigates and include the Narvik and the Trondheim from Norway, the Bigelow from the United States, the Lowestoft from Britain and the Isaac Sweer from Holland.
The force was founded early in 1968 in the face of ever-growing Soviet maritime power. The facts of geography make Nato heavily reliant on sea lines of communication. Its Communist counterpart, the Warsaw Pact alliance, has a definite advantage because of its strong internal communications. The security, prosperity and indeed the economic viability of the Nato countries are, it is felt, directly bound up with their freedom to use the sea.
The standing Naval force Atlantic provides continuous multi-national squadron experience and a visible deterrent, plus the element round which a more powerful and versatile international naval force could be formed.