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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 279

NATO’s “Africa” Medal

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 30 giugno 2010

During a visit to Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1), who are currently in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Deputy Commander AMC Northwood, Vice Admiral Hans-Jochen Witthauer presented NATO’s “Africa” medal to the Commander of SNMG1, Commodore Christian Rune, (Royal Danish Navy).  Cdre Rune was the first recipient of the medal which will be presented to all personnel who have served in NATO’s counter piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden.  The medal ceremony was conducted aboard the SNMG1 flagship HDMS ABSALON where along with Cdre Rune, the SNMG1 staff were decorated by the VAdm Witthauer for their participation in OPERATION OCEAN SHIELD from January to March 2010.
The “Africa” medal is a non-article 5 NATO medal which will be awarded to all personnel who have spent 30 or more days in the counter piracy mission operational area. All personnel involved in both Operation Allied Protector and Operation Ocean Shield will be eligible. SNMG1 presently consists of: HDMS ABSALON, (Denmark) flagship  USS BOONE, (US)  FGS KARLSRUHE, (Germany)  FGS SPESSART, (Germany)  and was supported by HMCS TORONTO, a Halifax class frigate, during the deployment in Canadian waters.(decoration)

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