Military Capabilities

NATO Secretary General highlights alliance need to invest in Arctic-relevant maritime capabilities

04 December 2019

With the Arctic continuing to increase in strategic importance, it is essential for NATO member states to develop maritime capabilities for Arctic operations, the alliance’s secretary general told a NATO conference on 3 December.

Speaking at the ‘NATO Engages: Innovating the Alliance’ conference in London, Jens Stoltenberg said that, due to the Arctic’s increasing importance, the alliance “[needs] to make sure that NATO is present in the Arctic, and some of the investments we make in new ships, maritime capabilities, surveillance capabilities, but also aircraft capabilities, are relevant for the Arctic”.

Stoltenberg highlighted the increasing presence of Russia and China in the Arctic, but also stressed the need to sustain the traditionally low levels of security risk in the region.

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