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The "North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) "French: Organisation du Traité de l'Atlantique Nord (OTAN), also called the (North) Atlantic Alliance, is a "military alliance established by the signing of the "North Atlantic Treaty on 4 April 1949. The NATO headquarters are in "Brussels, "Belgium, and the organization constitutes a system of "collective defense whereby its member states agree to mutual defense in response to an attack by any external party.

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"Operation Strikeback was a major "naval "exercise of the "North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) that took place over a ten-day period in September 1957.

As part of a series of exercises to simulate an all-out "Soviet attack on "NATO, Operation Strikeback was tasked with two objectives. Its initial objective was the deployment of NATO's naval forces (designated the "Blue Fleet") against other NATO forces attempting to simulate an "enemy" navy that featured a large number of submarines (designated the "Orange Fleet"). Its other objective was to have the Blue Fleet execute "carrier-based air strikes against "enemy" formations and emplacements along NATO's northern flank in "Norway.

Operation Strikeback involved over 200 warships, 650 aircraft, and 75,000 personnel from the "United States Navy, the "United Kingdom's "Royal Navy, the "Royal Canadian Navy, the "French Navy, the "Royal Netherlands Navy, and the "Royal Norwegian Navy. As the largest peacetime naval operation up to that time, military analyst "Hanson W. Baldwin of the "New York Times characterized Operation Strikeback as "constituting the strongest striking fleet assembled since World War II."

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A "French helicopter lands during a NATO mission to train the "Afghan National Army.

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The "armed forces of "Portugal, commonly known as the "Portuguese Armed Forces (Forças Armadas Portuguesas) encompasses a "Navy (Marinha), an "Army (Exército) and an "Air Force (Força Aérea). The "President of Portugal is the formal Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces but in practice they answer to the "Portuguese Government via the National Defense Minister.

The Portuguese Armed Forces are charged with protecting Portugal and its overseas territories and supporting international peacekeeping efforts. They have a somewhat minor role in "NATO assignments.

Recent "operations have included wars in Afghanistan (2005), intervention in "East-Timor (1999) and in "Guinea-Bissau (1998) and ongoing peacekeeping responsibilities in the "Balkans and "Lebanon. Overseas garrisons and facilities are maintained at the island of "Madeira and the archipelago of "Azores.

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  • "June 22: The Turkish government has agreed to allow NATO "AWACS aircraft to operate from bases in Western Turkey providing better air traffic control and radar control over Afghanistan. Read more...
  • "June 18: During a farewell visit to Afghanistan, outgoing NATO Secretary-General "Jaap de Hoop Scheffer announced that the alliance would send an extra 8,000 to 10,000 troops to the country to provide additional security during August elections. Read mores...
  • "June 14: A warship from the NATO naval force off Somalia freed 14 Indian sailors held hostage by pirates. Read more...
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"Wesley Kanne Clark, Sr., "KBE (born December 23, 1944) is a retired "general of the "United States Army. Clark was "valedictorian of his class at "West Point, was awarded a "Rhodes Scholarship to the "University of Oxford where he obtained a degree in "Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and later graduated from the "Command and General Staff College with a master's degree in "military science. He spent 34 years in the Army and the "Department of Defense, receiving many "military decorations, several honorary "knighthoods, and a "Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Clark commanded "Operation Allied Force in the "Kosovo War during his term as the "Supreme Allied Commander Europe of "NATO from 1997 to 2000.

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  • The threats we face today are not unique to any of us – they are common across the globe, and none of our countries is immune to them. --"Jaap de Hoop Scheffer
  • Our unique partnership was born in common philosophies of freedom and democracy. It was forged during half a century's fight against tyranny. Now it stands as a beacon of democracy, toleration, plurality, openness and candor in a world menaced by extremism and instability. --"Lord Robertson

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