The 102nd Conference of the NNAG was held in Chania (Crete), from 20 – 22 October 2009. Thirty eight participants from the Alliance member states attended the Conference. The topics discussed concerned the development of armaments programs that would meet the operational requirements of the Naval Forces of the NATO member states, on the basis of interoperability .
On the occasion of the Conference, the Commander of the Maritime Interdiction Operations Training Center (NMIOTC) presented the role and the capabilities of the Center, while presentations were made on the capabilities of the NATO Missile Firing Installation and the NATO FORACS RANGE /GR- Naval Forces Sensor and Weapon Accuracy Check Site by the appropriate staff officers. Additionally , a maritime interdiction operation demonstration was performed on the premises of NMIOTC , and on the training vessel “ARIS” by NMIOTC training officers.
Last but not least, from 19-23 October 2009 a WMD seminar in Maritime Interdiction Operations was held at NMIOTC. The participants belonged to a multinational community of experts of the following organizations:
• NATO WMD Center
• US Defence Threat Agency (DTRA)
• Allied Command Transformation Operational Experimentation Branch (ACT)
• Organization for the Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
• World Customs Organization (WCO)
• Defense Against Terrorism (DAT Center of Excellence – Turkey)
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