Joint U.S. – Israel – Greece naval exercise Noble Dina (Crete – East.Med., March 7-22) and 6th Fleet port visits to Palermo and Civitavecchia, Italy

USS Mason Arrives In Palermo for Port Visit
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From Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs
PALERMO, Italy (NNS) — Guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) arrived in Palermo, Italy for a scheduled port visit, March 31.

The port visit is designed to continue Naval Forces Europe-Africa’s efforts to strengthen maritime partnerships with European nations in order to improve maritime safety and security in the region.

During the visit, Sailors will have the opportunity to meet with the people of Italy and to experience the rich culture and history the country has to offer.

Mason is on a scheduled deployment as a part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

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USS Bulkeley Arrives In Civitavecciha for Port Visit
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CIVITAVECCIHA, Italy (NNS) — Guided-missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 87) arrived in Civitavecciha, Italy for a scheduled port visit, March 31.

The port visit is designed to continue Naval Forces Europe-Africa’s efforts to strengthen maritime partnerships with European nations to improve maritime safety and security in the region.

During the visit, Sailors will have the opportunity to meet with the people of Italy and to experience the rich culture and history the country has to offer.

Bulkeley is on a scheduled deployment as a part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

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MEDITERRANEAN SEA (March 31, 2014) Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) supports exercise Noble Dina, an annual multi-national training exercise conducted with the Hellenic and Israeli navies. Donald Cook, the first of four Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to be forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is serving on a scheduled patrol to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility as part of the president’s phased adaptive approach to European ballistic missile defense.

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United States European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) and NATO Missile Defense

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BUREAU OF ARMS CONTROL, VERIFICATION AND COMPLIANCE
May 3, 2011

On September 17, 2009, President Barack Obama announced the U.S. decision to adopt a new approach to ballistic missile defense in Europe. This plan is called the European Phased Adaptive Approach or EPAA. The President stated:

"To put it simply, our new missile defense architecture in Europe will provide stronger, smarter, and swifter defenses of American forces and America’s Allies. It is more comprehensive than the previous program; it deploys capabilities that are proven and cost-effective; and it sustains and builds upon our commitment to protect the U.S. homeland against long-range ballistic missile threats; and it ensures and enhances the protection of all our NATO Allies."

The United States has demonstrated substantial progress in implementing the President’s vision, consisting of four phases.

Phase 1 (2011 timeframe) – Addresses regional ballistic missile threats to our European Allies and our deployed personnel and their families by deploying a land-based AN/TPY-2 radar and existing Aegis BMD-capable ships equipped with proven SM-3 Block IA interceptors. In March 2011, the United States announced the deployment of the USS Monterey to the Mediterranean to begin a sustained deployment of Aegis BMD-capable ships in support of the EPAA.
Phase 2 (2015 timeframe) – After appropriate testing, we will deploy a more capable version of the SM-3 interceptor (Block IB). We will also add a land-based SM-3 ballistic missile defense interceptor site, which Romania has agreed to host, in order to expand the defended area against short- and medium-range missile threats. Negotiations for a basing agreement are well underway and the United States and Romania announced the joint selection of a site in May 2011.
Phase 3 (2018 timeframe) – After development and testing are complete, we will deploy a more advanced SM-3 interceptor (Block IIA) and add a second land-based SM-3 site, which Poland agreed to host in October 2009, to counter short-, medium-, and intermediate-range missile threats. In July 2010, the United States and Poland signed the Protocol amending the August 2008 Ballistic Missile Defense Agreement to provide the basis for Poland to host the land-based SM-3 site. On April 22, 2011, Polish President Komorowski signed legislation ratifying the Agreement.
Phase 4 (2020 timeframe) – After development and testing are complete, we will deploy the SM-3 Block IIB interceptor to enhance our ability to counter medium- and intermediate-range missiles and potential future ICBM threats to the United States from the Middle East.
One of the most important milestones since President Obama’s announcement in 2009 was NATO’s decision at the Lisbon Summit in November 2010 to develop a missile defense capability whose aim is to protect NATO European populations, territory and forces against the increasing threats posed by the proliferation of ballistic missiles. NATO also agreed to expand its current missile defense command, control, and communications capabilities to protect NATO European populations, territory, and forces. Allies at Lisbon welcomed the EPAA as the U.S. national contribution to NATO’s missile defense architecture, as well as contributions from other Allies.
Another important milestone was the commitment made during the November 2010 NATO-Russia Council (NRC) Summit for NATO and Russia to explore opportunities for missile defense cooperation. Effective cooperation with Russia could enhance the overall effectivenss and efficiency of our combined territorial missiles defenses, and at the same time provide Russia with greater security. As an initial step, NATO and Russia agreed on a joint ballistic missile threat assessment and that the NRC would resume theater missile defense cooperation. The United States and Russia also continue to discuss missile defense cooperation.

For more information on U.S. missile defense policy, please see the Ballistic Missile Defense Review (BMDR).

http://www.state.gov/t/avc/rls/162447.htm

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Israel Defense Forces:
Greece-U.S.-Israel Joint Military Training
(Updated March 2014)

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In 2011, Israel, Greece, and the United States launched "Noble Dina," an annual joint military exercise between the countries’ naval and air forces

Due to the fraying of diplomatic ties between Israel and Turkey, their decade-long annual naval exercise – code named "Reliant Mermaid" – was cancelled and in its place Israel and the United States invited the Greek military to substitute for Turkey. With Greece on board, the exercise was renamed "Noble Dina" and the overall mission of the training was changed as well – from search and rescue exercises to attack & defend scenarios that included repelling enemy assaults, anti-submarine warfare, and aircraft operations.

The first annual exercise took place in April 2011 off the shores of the Greek Castellorizo/Megisti island complex and involved a number of aircraft, submarines, helicopters, and various other naval vessels from the three countries.

In 2012, the exercise was renewed amid tensions that had continued to build between Turkey and both Greece and Israel.  Additionally, the Greek and Israeli air forces were set to conduct training to simulate repelling an attack on offshore natural gas and oil rigs as both countries had recently hit big deposits in their areas of the Mediterranean Sea. According to a report published in Greece, part of the 2012 exercises were to take place off the coast of Turkey, near the Greek island Mais. The exercise was then to continue off the southern coast of Cyprus before concluding in Haifa port.

The continuation of "Noble Dina" in 2012 comes as Greek-Israel relations have been rapidly strengthening. In January 2012, the two countries signed a defense cooperation agreement and in February Israel Air Force chief Amir Eshel visited Greece where he met with top Greek officials, including the country’s defense minister, chief of staff and air force commander.

In March 2014, elements from the three countries joined again to renew the "Noble Dina" training manuevers. The training featured extensive drills for the naval and air forces and also featured a simulation of an “Iranian scenario” which included practicing defending Israeli ports from attack, and implementing a “swarm” tactic where a large vessel is overcome by many smaller boats.
Sources: YnetNews (April 1, 2012); Global Security; Bosphorous Naval News (March 29, 2012); MilitaryPhotos.net; Times of Israel (March 25, 2014)

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Society_&_Culture/nobledina.html

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Greece, Israel and the United States on Thursday began a naval exercise in the sea around Crete and the eastern Mediterranean.

Called “Noble Dina,” it will last 15 days and involves simulated combat against submarines, air battles and protection of offshore natural gas platforms. The same exercise was held in the Mediterranean last year.

Greece is participating with a frigate, a helicopter and a submarine.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_07/03/2013_486345

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