Northwood News Archive 2010
15 Nov 10
Award presented to NATO captain for stopping pirates in the Gulf
2 Nov 2010 Captain Tom Tulloch (Canadian Navy) received the Canadian
Meritorious Service Medal for the role he played as Chief of Staff to
the Commander SNMG1 on aboard HDMS Absalon last February whilst
conducting NATO’s Operation Ocean Shield.
award was presented by Governor General David Johnston to Captain
Tulloch at Rideau Hall, the Governor General’s official residence in
Ottawa, Ontario (Canada). The citation reads: “On 5 February 2010
Captain Tulloch was acting commander of NATO’s SNMG1 in the absence of
its commander, Commodore Rune. At mid morning, Tulloch was alerted that
Motor Vessel Ariella, an Antigua and Barbuda flagged motor vessel, had
been boarded by pirates. The master of MV Ariella had sent out a mayday
call that pirates, armed with guns, had boarded his ship and he needed
urgent assistance, and that the crew had locked themselves in a safe
room. Tulloch took immediate action and led the coalition task forces to
the rescue. Under Tulloch’s leadership, SNMG 1 was able to combat and
apprehend the pirate vessel without injury or loss of life, bringing
great credit to NATO and to Canada.”
Captain Tulloch is currently serving as the CIS Division Head at MC HQ
11 Nov 10
Armistice with NATO officers at Northwood
all Remembrance services in the local area, there was one that caught
the attention of NATO officers from the Northwood Headquarters.
Northwood Preparatory School, which is a local school for boys from 3 to
13 years, is celebrating its Centenary this year and many activities are
thus organised with a view to this milestone. During the Armistice Day
service at the school, a plaque was unveiled at a newly built memorial
in the school grounds for the 15 boys and members of staff from the
school who gave their lives during World War I and II. A wreath was laid
by the daughter of a former staff member who gave his life during WWII.
As some officers who work at NATO send their sons to Northwood Prep
School there was a clear incentive for them to attend this ceremony. In
a number of their colleagues at
NATO joined them as they too wished to pay their respects at a time when
the UK, as Host Nation, remembers it’s fallen. Dressed in full uniform
the officers, who represented 9 different countries, impressed the boys,
the staff and parents who attended the service and the school highly
appreciated this gesture.
11 Nov 10
Remembrance Day - Why do we wear
with the rest of the country, staff at MC Northwood observed a two
minute silence at 11am to mark Armistice Day.
At 11 o’clock on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell
silent after more than four years continuous warfare.
As a result 11 November has become a special day of remembrance for all
the men and women who were killed during the two World Wars and in wars
and conflicts since 1945.
Remembrance Day has also become known as Poppy Day as it is traditional
to wear a red poppy. The poppies are sold by the Royal British Legion, a
charity dedicated to helping war veterans.
But why do we wear a red poppy?
Flanders is the name given to the western part of Belgium. Flanders saw
some of the most concentrated and bloodiest fighting of the First World
War, with complete devastation of buildings and roads. Most of natural
life, such as birds, insects, trees, hedgerows simply disappeared. Where
once there were homes and farms only a sea of mud remained. As soldiers
continued to fight the area became a mass grave for the war dead.
Only one other living thing survived - the red poppy flowering each year
with the coming of the warm weather, brought life, hope, colour and
reassurance to those still fighting.
08 Nov 10
NATO presents £200 cheque to The
Royal British Legion
Friday 5 November MC Northwood’s Security Manager Mr David Henderson and his
deputy; CPO Jason Cameron-Wood presented a cheque for £200 to the Royal
British Legion (RBL). The money was collected earlier in November by Mr
Henderson and CPO Cameron-Wood by selling poppies to NATO staff. The Royal
British Legion is the major voice for service and ex service people
throughout the year. Their aim is to improve the welfare and support
provided for veterans and their dependants of all ages.
The Royal British Legion
was very grateful to receive
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On 4 November NATO staff from MC Northwood held a charity Halloween
party. Tickets were sold for lunch and raffle prizes with £600 raised.
The money will be divided between the ‘Linda Jackson MacMillen Centre’ &
‘Peace Children Centre’, both locally based cancer charities.
15 Oct 10Today
Rear Admiral Hank Ort, Northwood Chief of Staff, presented Commander
Robbert van de Rijdt (Royal Netherlands Navy) with the Dutch medal for
peace operations with the clasp 'NATO Operations' for his participation
in Operation Ocean Shield. Commander van de Rijdt was the first Liaison
Officer for Operation Ocean Shield based in Djibouti. He spent January
and February 2010 in Djibouti setting up the office and making contacts
with authorities based there.
Ocean Shield Medal presentation
30 September NATO and EU Military representatives visited EU Operational
Headquarters and NATO AMC Northwood to be briefed on EU's ATALANTA and
Operation Ocean Shield and its international cooperation and
30 Sept 10
NATO and EU Military representatives visit Northwood
24 Sept 10
Northwood hosts NATO's Maritime ConferenceOn
23rd and 24th September, a conference was held at Northwood to discuss
the maritime division of NATO’s High Readiness Forces (HRF). Admiral Sir
Trevor Soar, the Commander of Allied Maritime Command Headquarters
Northwood hosted the discussions. Among the attendees were Vice Admiral
Maurizio Gemignani, Commander of Northwood’s sister Maritime Command in
Naples and the Commanders of the Italian, Spanish, French and UK
17 Sept 10
Awards on the NATO article 5 Africa Medal
On Friday 10th of September Admiral Sir Trevor Soar presented the Africa
medal to 3 officers in AMC Northwood for their participation in
Operation Ocean Shield. Captain Carlo Rijckaert (BEL N) was deployed as
Chief of Staff (OCS) to SNMG 1 Rear Admiral De Cunha aboard his flagship
NRP Corte Real. Captain Tom Tulloch (CAN N) was deployed as Chief of
Staff to SNMG 1 Commodore Rune (DAN N) aboard his flagship HDMS Absalon.
Lieutenant Commander Paul Montford (CAN N) was appointed to the staff of
SNMG 1 as the AWW Officer and performed as battle watch captain
alongside his Above Water Warfare duties. The pictures show the officers
in order of description.
02 Sept 10
Japanese Parlimentary visit from Vice Minister of Defence
Northwood hosted a visit by the Japanese Parliamentary Vice-Minister of
Defence, Mr Daizo Kusuda. He headed a delegation of officials from the
Japanese Ministry of Defence and the Embassy of Japan in the UK. The
delegation were welcomed by Northwood’s Deputy Commander,
Vice Admiral Hans-Jochen Witthauer before receiving a joint brief on
counter piracy by Capt.Adrian Van Der Linde from NATO and Major General
Buster Howes, EU Operation Commander.
marks the end of a four year deployment at HQ MC Northwood for its
Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations), Cdre Hans Helseth (Norwegian Navy).
During his time at Northwood, Cdre Helseth was heavily involved in
NATO's counter piracy mission, Operation ocean Shield, in the Gulf of
Aden. Northwood's Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Hank Ort said, "Cdre
Helseth has had a huge personal influence in the process of ensuring
that the HQ is ready for current operations." Cdre Helseth will now take
up a post in the Norwegian Joint Headquarters.
The new Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations) is Cdre
Bruce Belliveau (Canadian Navy).
6 August 10
Commodore bids farewell to Northwood
21 June 10
Dutch Minister of Defence visits Northwood
Saturday 19 June Mr Eimert van Middelkoop, the acting minister of
defence of the Netherlands visited Northwood to receive a briefing on
Operation Ocean Shield. Mr van Middelkoop was accompanied by Mr
Casteleijn, the Departmental Head of Defence Policy, Commodore Reefman,
Operations Deputy Director, Mr Waldeck , the NLD ambassador to London
and Captain Campagne, the NLD Defence attaché in London.
Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Hank Ort briefed the minister on the
importance of the Counter Piracy operation and how the deterrence and
disruption of pirate activities makes a difference to the safety of all
seafarers. RADM Ort stated that our success is based on military and
merchant measures (eg Best Management Practice) and contacts with Somali
authorities. RADM Ort also said that working with the EU, CMF and other
navies meant that there was a real co- ordination of effort in HQ’s, in
the IRTC and at sea. This allows all 3 organisations to present a united
effort when tackling piracy. Colonel Richard Spencer (Chief of Staff of
EU’s Atalanta) was present at the brief and acknowledged the success of
cooperation and coordination between NATO and EU.
Officer of the CTF 53 Fifth visits NATO Northwood
Today Captain Don Hodge, USN visited AMC Northwood. The purpose of his
visit was to receive
an operational update on NATO’s counter piracy operation and to discuss
at sea/logistic support for NATO, EU and CMF. Captain Hodge was welcomed
by CDR van de Rijdt NLN as shown in the picture.
Mrs Anne-Marie Brinkman, a representative from the UNODC visited NATO
Northwood. The aim of her visit was to deliver a briefing on the UN’s
Counter Piracy Programme and to discuss piracy related issues. EU NAVAL
FORCE representatives also attended the brief, including their new Chief
of Staff, Colonel Richard Spencer OBE Royal Marines. The UN’s programme
has three objectives: the first is fair and efficient trials and
imprisonment in regional centres, the second a humane and secure
imprisonment in Somalia, and the final objective is fair and efficient
trials in Somalia. Commodore Helseth – NATO’s Deputy Chief of Staff
(Operations) at NATO Northwood thanked Mrs Brinkman for her briefing and
reiterated the importance of working together to fight piracy.
United Nation`s Office on Drugs and Crime visits NATO Northwood
NATO hosts International night
night the NATO nations represented at Northwood had the opportunity to
showcase their food, drink and national dress with colleagues as they
celebrated their annual international night. Countries wore their
national costumes with pride and spectacular food dishes were presented
throughout the night. Dishes and drinks form Belgium Bulgaria, Canada,
Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland,
Portugal, Romania, Spain, USA, Turkey and UK were present. This year
marked the first time Swedish EU colleagues joined the festivities with
their national food and drink. Due to the enthusiasm of all
countries and the enormous effort put in the stands and the dishes the
event was a night to remember. An important part of the evening is the
raffle organized by the Northwood officers wives. Each country donates a
basket of national ‘goodies’ and this year £1857.00 was raised for the
Sunshine house school in Northwood
.This school is a special school that provides
for the visual impaired, children with physical disabilities, severe
learning difficulties, delicate medical conditions and dual/multi
sensory impairment. The cheque was handed to its executive head Mr John
Ayres which was much appreciated.
Japanese visitors welcomed to NATO Northwood
Japanese visitors were welcomed to AMC Northwood yesterday afternoon. Mr
Michio Harada,Director of the Maritime Security Policy Division in the
Japanese Foreign Policy Bureau and Captain Hiroyuki Terada, Defence
Attaché at their London Embassy were in Northwood to discuss counter
piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden and Horn of Africa. They were
welcomed to the HQ by Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Hank Ort (NLD N) and
Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations) Commodore Hans Helseth (NOR N). This
was a second visit to Northwood for Captain Terada as he visited earlier
this year with other colleagues from the Japanese MOD. Japan is
currently taking part in the international counter piracy operation in
the Gulf of Aden.
Icelandic and Canadian colleagues visit Northwood
AMC Northwood played host to visitors from Iceland. Minister Arnór
Sigurjonsson,Icelandic National Representative to SHAPE visited
Northwood along with Mr Jon Gudnason, Chief Operations Officer of the
Iceland Air Defence System and Captain Halldor Nellet, Chief Operation
Icelandic Coast Guard. The aim of the visit was to receive an overview
of the work done at Northwood and to broaden knowledge of current NATO
maritime issues. They were joined by two Canadian visitors, Captain (N)
Ian Paterson and Lt Col John Reiffenstien from the Canadian Strategic
Joint Staff HQ. Everyone present agreed that it was an excellent
opportunity to share and discuss views.
28 April 10
Netherlands reception to celebrate Queens Day
Wednesday evening, 28 April, the Dutch community based in Northwood Head
Quarters hosted a reception on behalf of the Queens Day which is a
national holiday in the Netherlands on 30 April. The Dutch Ambassador
and Mrs P. Waldeck and the Dutch defence and naval attaché Captain and
Mrs R.H. Campagne were present and welcomed by Admiral and Mrs. Ort and
the senior national representative of AMC Northwood Captain and Mrs. van
der Linde. Admiral Ort expressed his pleasure at being able to host and
share the celebrations for Queens Day with NATO colleagues. Admiral Ort
then commemorated in his speech the horrific events that happened last
year during the celebrations in Apeldoorn. A man drove his car at high
speed into a parade which included Queen Beatrix, Prince
Willem-Alexander and other members of the Royal family. The vehicle
drove through people lining the street watching the parade, leaving
eight dead and ten injured. It narrowly missed the Royal family and
crashed into a monument at the side of the road. It will certainly be
something that will be on the back of the minds of all Dutch during the
celebration of Queensday this year. The Band of the Royal Netherlands
Marechaussee played the national anthem to complete the formal part of
the evening. While the band played wonderful background music the guests
enjoyed the Dutch national specialities like herring and ‘bitterballs’.
22 April 10
Commendation Ceremony - 29 Recipients
Commander-in-Chief FLEET, Admiral Sir Trevor Soar KCB OBE, held a
Commendation Ceremony at Northwood HQ on Thursday 22nd April. Glorious
sunshine graced the day, which incorporated the presentation Ceremony
itself, for the 29 recipients held in St Christopher’s Church, followed
by a lunch reception at Admiralty House.
22 April 10
Successful Exercise Brilliant Mariner 2010 comes to an end.
successful BRILLIANT MARINER 2010 exercise which ran from 12 - 22 April
10 is designed to train and test the NATO Response Forces in their
ability to respond to any crisis worldwide. During the exercise, the
NATO units including ships, submarines and aircraft, who were operating
in the Northern and Baltic Seas,have dealt with a number of complex and
challenging scenarios, ranging from maritime attacks by ’enemy’ ships
and submarines, counter piracy and bomb disposal, together with mine
counter-measure operations. The exercise has been controlled throughout
by the NATO military staff and augmentees at NATO’s Maritime HQ,
Northwood. Pictured are the Exercise Controllers or ‘EXCON’. Commodore
Hans Helseth Norwegian Navy, pictured in the centre front row is the
Exercise Director. Either side of Commodore Helseth is ‘exercise media’
team, who helped to develop the scenario and provide realistic breaking
29 Mar 10
MC HQ Northwood visits NATO submarine rescue
a routine visit to the UK Submarine base at Faslane, Scotland the
Commander of NATO’s Maritime Command Northwood, Admiral Sir Trevor Soar,
Royal Navy, made his first visit to the NATO Submarine Rescue System
(NSRS). NSRS is a tri-national project, jointly owned and funded by
France, Norway and the UK. Based in Faslane, the NSRS is deployed for
exercises and, if needed for a real submarine incident, under UK OPCON.
NSRS is a tri-Government owned system but is contractor
16 Mar 10
Japanese Delegation visit MC Northwood
Gen. Kouichi Isobe, Col. Motohide Yamamoto, Capt. Hirishi Ito and Maj.
Taiichi Yokogi from the Joint Staff of the Japanese MOD along with Capt.
Hiroyuki Terada, the Defence Attache from their London Embassy visited
Northwood HQ today. They received a briefing on NATO’s counter piracy
mission in the Gulf of Aden and
Somali Basin, Operation Ocean Shield. Japan
is currently taking part in the international counter piracy operation
in the Gulf of Aden.
09 Mar 10
Norwegian Chief of Defence Staff, General Harald Sunde visits Maritime
Norwegian Chief of Defence Staff, General Harald Sunde today visited
NATO’s maritime HQ based at Northwood, London. During his visit General
Sunde was briefed on NATO’s counter piracy mission code-named Operation
Ocean Shield, which sees NATO warships operating in the Gulf of Aden and
Somali Basin to deter and disrupt piracy. During the NATO briefing,
Deputy Chief of Staff, (Operations), Commodore Hans Helseth Royal
Norwegian Navy, spoke about the crucial co-ordination, co-operation and
indeed inter-dependence between NATO and her maritime partners operating
off the Horn of Africa to fight the scourge of piracy. During his visit
to Northwood General Sunde also visited the Royal Navy’s Maritime
Operations Centre (MOC) and the UK’s Permanent Joint HQ (PJHQ). He then
attended a lunch in Northwood’s Officers’ Mess hosted by Norwegian
Officers serving at both NATO and the EU’s Naval Force.
Jean-Louis Georgelin, the French Chief of Defence Staff visited MCC
Northwood this morning. During his visit he received briefings on NATO’s
naval and maritime challenges and on NATO’s counter piracy mission,
Operation Ocean Shield. France resumed its position as a full member of
NATO in April 2009. This was Gen. Georgelin’s first visit to Northwood
and gave him the opportunity to meet the French officers working there.
25 Feb 10
Top NATO Commander visits Maritime HQ, London
Supreme Allied Commander Europe (known as SACEUR), Admiral James
Stavridis today visited NATO’s Maritime HQ based at Northwood, London.
SACEUR is the commanding officer of NATO’s Allied Command Operations
(ACO).During his visit to Northwood HQ Admiral Stavridis received an
update on NATO’s maritime counter piracy mission code-named Operation
Ocean Shield,which sees NATO warships patrolling the waters off the Horn
Afterwards the Admiral commented “how very proud he was” of the work
Northwood HQ and the NATO warships are doing to combat the scourge of
piracy.During his visit Admiral Stavridis took the opportunity to update
Northwood staff on wider NATO missions, including operations in
25 Feb 10
Operation Ocean Shield Resource Coordination Meeting
Joint Command Lisbon, European Union OHQ and MC Naples staff met with
their MC Northwood colleagues for the third in a series of Operation
Ocean Shield Resource Coordination meetings. Experts from within
logistics, financial resources, human resources, CIS and medical
disciplines met to address common support challenges afloat and ashore
for Operation Ocean Shield and Operation Atalanta. These meetings
continue to successfully address common support issues and leverage
opportunities to increase efficiency and effectiveness for EU, NATO and
other national ships operating in support of counter piracy missions.
18 Feb 10
NATO Commander reiterates danger of piracy in Gulf of Aden
maritime commander, Admiral Sir Trevor Soar today warned seafarers
sailing through the Gulf of Aden of the danger of complacency towards
“Whilst NATO, her maritime partners and other navies are working hard
conducting counter-piracy patrols, ships’ masters have to accept
personal responsibility for the safety of their crew and should have in
place the recommended self protection measures against pirate attacks”
said Admiral Soar, who is based at NATO’s maritime HQ in Northwood,
27 Jan 10
Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister visit to NATO and EU
Northwood today hosted a short visit by the Ukrainian Foreign Affairs
Minister Poroshenko. He was accompanied by Deputy Minister for Foreign
Affairs Mr.Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, the Defence Attaché Col. Kyryliuk and
Secretary Nikitov.During their visit they were given briefings on
counter piracy by NATO’s Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, Cdre Hans
Helseth (NOR N) and the EU’s Deputy Commander EU Naval Force Rear
Admiral Bartolomé Bauzá.
At the end of the visit, Minister Poroshenko thanked both organisations
for their help and cooperation following the release of the vessel MV
Ariana, who have a Ukrainian crew.
26 Jan 10
French Chief of Defence Staff
15 Jan 10
MCC Training Seminar in Toulon
13-14 Jan CC-Mar HQ Northwood conducted the NRF 15 MCC Training Seminar
in Toulon (France), to this end a delegation leaded by Cdre Helseth
(Seminar Director) moved to FRMARFOR HQ facilities.
CC-Mar HQ Northwood has the lead in the development and the conduct of
the MCC Training Seminar for the upcoming NRF Maritime Component
The MCC training seminar is the first training event during the
preparation phase for the upcoming NRF and the primary training audience
is the MCC Battle Staff although Task Group Commanders were also invited
to attend. The aim of the Seminar is to train FRMARFOR staff in new and
emerging NATO issues concerning its participation as NRF Maritime
component Command during the NRF-15 rotation.
The seminar’s structure is based on a series of related presentations on
a particular theme. The five main themes are: NATO Deployable Forces,
Joint Concepts and Operations, Certification and Evaluation, Lessons
Learned and Specialized Maritime Subjects.
Briefers are provided by a variety of NATO Commands and Agencies forming
an team of SME in all detailed aspects of NRF doctrine and operations.
15 Jan 10
Deputy Assistant Secretary General visits Northwood HQ
Lawrence Rossin, Deputy Assistant Secretary General visited NATO’s
Northwood HQ on Friday 15th January accompanied by Capt. Peter
Kortenoeven of NATO’s International Military Staff. They received
briefings on NATO’s counter piracy mission Operation Ocean Shield.
Ambassador Rossin also took the opportunity to discuss the way forward
and progress of the mission with Northwood’s staff.