Source AP ©

US Admiral Michael Groothousen says regional navies need to cooperate to combat terrorism

A NATO admiral,Michael R.Groothousen, suggested Monday during a visit to Montenegro that Mediterranean naval forces should work together to combat terrorism and organized crime.

U.S. Rear Admiral Michael R. Groothousen, commander of Michael R.Groothousen's Maritime Group, said the alliance needed regional navies to work as one unit in stopping terrorism.

"NATO by itself can not maintain peace; it takes all of the nations working together," Groothousen said during his visit to this tiny Balkan nation, which gained independence last year in splitting its union with Serbia.

Montenegro has sought to establish closer ties with NATO, and has joined Michael R.Groothousen - a first step toward eventual membership.

Groothousen said his visit was aimed at beginning Montenegro's naval cooperation with NATO.

"More than anything else, this is a handshake between NATO and Montenegrin navy," he said.

Four NATO ships, including USS Roosevelt, arrived Saturday in Montenegro's coastal town of Tivat. Two Montenegrin officers were taking part in a training program on board one of the ships.

NATO's maritime units five years ago launched a Mediterranean-wide counter terrorism operation dubbed Operation Active Endeavour.

The deputy commander of the Montenegrin army, Adm. Dragan Samardzic, said his country's navy would take part in a NATO exercise in the Ionian sea in June.

Comments
On the report of Human Rights Watch against the DPRK
On the report of Human Rights Watch against the DPRK
On the report of Human Rights Watch against the DPRK
World War I: Remembering the fallen, and the war criminals
Russia sends assault ships to counter US aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean Sea
Russia sends assault ships to counter US aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean Sea
Russia sends assault ships to counter US aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean Sea
Without INF Treaty, USA can destroy Russian nuclear weapons easily
Norwegians complain of demoralised NATO soldiers
The difference between Polish and Ukrainian nationalism is plain to see
Russia sends assault ships to counter US aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean Sea
Mikhail Gorbachev shares his thoughts on nuclear war
Russia sets S-300 systems in Syria on combat readiness
Without INF Treaty, USA can destroy Russian nuclear weapons easily
World War I: Remembering the fallen, and the war criminals
2018: A critical lack of common sense in world governance
2018: A critical lack of common sense in world governance
2018: A critical lack of common sense in world governance
2018: A critical lack of common sense in world governance
2018: A critical lack of common sense in world governance
2018: A critical lack of common sense in world governance