Germany in NATO

The Federal Republic of Germany jointed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on 6 May 1955. And since it has been a vital partner to the member States and an irreplaceable  key player in most NATO regional and global Operations.

Among many NATO Operations here are some notable ones that die Bundeswehr has participated:

  • 1995 –1996  Ex-Jugoslawien SHARP GUARD /NATO-Operation
  • 1995 – 1996 Bosnien-Herzegowina  JOINT ENDEAVOUR/ IFOR
  • 1996 – 1998  Bosnien-Herzegowina   JOINT GUARD/ SFOR
  • 1998 – 2005 (Übergabe an EU) Bosnien-Herzegowina JOINT FORGE/ SFOR
  • 1999 – 1999  Ex-Jugoslawien ALLIED FORCE
  • 1999 – 1999 Kosovo EAGLE EYE
  • 1998 – 1999 Kosovo  EXTRACTION FORCE
  • 1999 – 1999  Albanien und Mazedonien ALLIED HARBOUR
  • 1999 – present time  Kosovo JOINT GUARDIAN/ KFOR
  • 12.06.1999 – 24.08.1999 Adria ALLIED HARVEST
  • 27.08.2001 – 23.09.2001 Mazedonien ESSENTIAL HARVEST
  • 2001 – 2002  Mazedonien AMBER FOX
  • 2001 – 2002  Nordamerika EAGLE ASSIST
  • 26.10.2001 – present time  Mittelmeer ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR
  • 2002 – 2003   Mazedonien ALLIED HARMONY
  • 01.01.2002 – present time  Afghanistan ISAF


January 2015

NATO Secretary General visited Berlin to discuss a wide range of subjects,with die Bundeskanzlerin, including:

  • The role of German Armed-Forces in NATO and its mission in Afghanistan for 2015 and beyond;
  • Russia-Ukraine conflict;
  • the development of the ‘Readiness Action Plan’ of Wales Summit 2014;
  • and the urgency of the need for investing more on Defence.

The Secretary General also expressed his gratitude to die Bundeswehr for its outstanding contributions to NATO and the security of Europe.

Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg with Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel at the press conference, Berlin January 14 2015



September 2014

Die Bundeswehr in NATO Air-Defence Operation

                                     Eurofighter of the German Air Force (3)Eurofighter of the German Air Force ©die Bundeswehr/infopost


Under NATO Mandate Operation in the Baltic region die Bundeswehr is resuming its Air-policing Operation from September to December 2014.
The Operation will be carried out with several Europefighers from die Luftwaffe to patrol Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Airspace.

The Baltic Airspace has been patrolled by the Air Forces of the NATO member States. And thus far there are 14 NATO members participating in this Operation.
As a crucial partner in the NATO Air-Defense, die Bundeshwer has been in the Baltic region Air-Policing operation since 2004.



July 2014

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited Berlin July 2. 2014  Teil-2

Pressestatements von Nato-Generalsekretär Rasmussen, Berlin July 2. 2014




“Germany has played a crucial role in the international response to Russia’s actions. When Europe and the world needed you, you were there.
                                                  It is vital for Europe and the world that Germany remains strong, to provide not only Political and Economical pressure, but Military presence as well.
So that no country can be in any doubt: If the rules are broken, if our freedom, our people and our borders are threatened, we will respond.”

Stated NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in the press conference. Berlin July 2. 2014


July 2014

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited Berlin July 2. 2014  Teil-1

“I am very grateful for Germany’s leading role in Afghanistan and in Kosovo. Your troops have done a remarkable job in the north of the country, as I saw for myself when I visited Mazar-e-Sharif. Across the country, security has created the conditions for a better Afghanistan and given the Afghan people the opportunity to develop their country and to decide their own future.”

                                   NATO Secretary General visits BerlinSecretary General with Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel. Berlin 02.07.2014 ©NATO


The secretary General continued: “At the end of the year, we will end our combat mission and turn a new page in Afghanistan. Germany has again taken a leading role in offering to be framework Nation in the new non-combat mission we are planning after 2014. Taking the lead in training, advising and assisting Afghan forces. Building on the many gains we have made.
Germany also plays a key role in keeping our collective defence strong. Both to our south, with a Patriot battery in Turkey, and to the east in the Baltic region. Germany’s commitment to international peace and security is clear.


                                 NATO Secretary General visits BerlinBerlin 02.07.2014 ©NATO


“Of course, Germany’s defence priorities are for Germany to decide.  But I would urge you, as I urge every Ally to give increased priority to your defence. As European economies recover from the economic crisis, so too should our investment in defence. Today, our world is more dangerous and more unstable than at any time since the end of the Cold War. By facing up to this reality, by investing in our own defence, and by standing together as one through the NATO Alliance, we will ensure our peace and security for another 65 years and beyond. ”  concluded NATO Secretary General ©NATO




January 2014

Remarks by NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow at the Munich Security Conference, Berlin  2014

“We all realise that transatlantic burden-sharing is about more than just defence budgets.  European Allies, including Germany, continue to make substantial contributions to NATO-led operations, including in Afghanistan and Kosovo.  Several also are making significant contributions to our developing NATO missile defence system.  And there is a lot of good European work going on in NATO “Smart Defence” and EU pooling-and-sharing projects.

But I just don’t think last month’s European Council on defence showed enough urgency, nor enough understanding of the critical need for Europe to be able back up its soft power with hard power if it wants to play a meaningful international role.  And I also believe it did not show enough understanding of the current political climate in Washington which, although it’s not anti-European, was certainly more pro-European in the past, and more favourably inclined toward international engagement than it is today, after a decade of war.

So in the coming year, European nations are really going to have to step up.  European governments must realise that, even though their populations may feel safe, that perceived lack of a threat is self-delusional.  They must make the case to their populations that defence still matters.  They must demonstrate that they are prepared to hold the line on defence cuts, and hopefully increase spending as their economies improve.  And they must show they are serious about working together, about developing long-term procurement and investment programmes, and about ending the fragmentation of their defence industries.”



April  2012

                                          The President of Germany visits NATO Headquarters ©NATO

Bundespräsident Joachim Gauck met with NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen. The meeting covers range of issues including Germany’s role in NATO for fostering Peace and Security in various NATO missions.
The Secretary General of NATO praised die Bundeswehr’s  contributions into NATO,  particularly as the leading Force in Afghanistan  ISAF and in Kosovo in KFOR.



January 2014

NATO Secretary General Herr. Fogh Rasmussen expressed his gratitude for Germany’s great commitment to the Transatlantic partnership and contributions to NATO missions and operations, especially Germany’s leadership role in Afghanistan and Kosovo.

                                    The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany visits NATO

NATO Secretary General  with Minister Steinmeier, January 2014 ©NATO














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