2013: NATO's year in review

The top priority for the Alliance this year has been to build the capacity of Afghan security forces, so that they can take the lead for security throughout their country ahead of the withdrawal of the NATO-led force there in 2014. Detailed preparations for the post-2014 mission that will continue to train, assist and advise the Afghan forces also got underway.

But Afghanistan was not the only item on NATO’s agenda. From deploying Patriot missiles to Turkey as a defensive precaution, to countering pirates off the Horn of Africa, to strengthening NATO’s capabilities and deepening its cooperation with partner countries, it has been another busy year for the Alliance.

2013-01-26 00:00:00

PATRIOTS IN TURKEY

The first of six Patriot missile batteries, which are being deployed to Turkey to defend against possible missile attack from Syria, becomes operational and is placed under NATO command.

2013-02-12 00:00:00

HISTORIC VISIT TO IRELAND

In the first visit of any NATO Secretary General to Ireland, Anders Fogh Rasmussen meets Irish leaders and European Union defence ministers in Dublin.

2013-02-21 00:00:00

DEEPER COOPERATION WITH AUSTRALIA

NATO and Australia set out priorities for a bilateral programme of cooperation, further strengthening NATO's partnership with Asia-Pacific countries.

2013-03-11 00:00:00

Afghans conduct first air assault

Demonstrating their growing capability, the Afghan Air Force – which is advised by NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan – coordinates its first air assault mission with Afghan Army Special Forces.

2013-04-12 00:00:00

First visit to Republic of Korea

Anders Fogh Rasmussen seeks to step up cooperation in talks with President Park Guen-hye and top government officials, during the first-ever visit by a NATO Secretary General to the Republic of Korea. He ends his trip with a short visit to the Demilitarized Zone.

2013-04-14 00:00:00

NATO and CHINA COUNTERING PIRACY

In the spirit of cooperation, NATO forces conduct a joint drill with a Chinese naval ship during counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden. A team of Italian marines, deployed as part of NATO’s Ocean Shield, demonstrate a fast-rope insertion onto the deck of the CNS Harbin, Flagship of the Chinese Task Group.

2013-04-15 00:00:00

STRONGER PARTNERSHIP WITH JAPAN

Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sign a Joint Political Declaration, providing a framework for the further development of cooperation.

2013-04-30 00:00:00

SAFEGUARDING ROYAL HANDOVER

NATO radar surveillance aircraft, known as AWACS, patrol the skies over the Dutch capital of Amsterdam, working with the Royal Netherlands Air Force to safeguard Dutch airspace during the royal investiture ceremonies and festivities.

2013-05-13 00:00:00

NEW NATO COMMANDER FOR OPERATIONS

US Air Force General Philip Mark Breedlove takes over command of Allied Command Operations, during a ceremony at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium, in the presence of Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

2013-06-05 00:00:00

POST-2014 MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN

NATO Defence Ministers endorse the concept for the new NATO-led mission that will train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces after 2014, when the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force ends.

2013: NATO's year in review

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