NATO UNITS INCREASE READINESS IN BALTIC SEA DURING FINNISH-LED MARITIME EXERCISE FREEZING WINDS

DEC 3 2022

Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM)

BALTIC SEA — Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) joined 12 nations for Finnish Navy exercise Freezing Winds in the Baltic Sea from Nov. 22 to Dec. 2.

One of NATO partner nation Finland’s largest maritime exercises, Freezing Winds offered both the Finnish Navy, as well as participating nations and NATO, valuable training opportunities that contribute to increased maritime safety and security in the Baltic Sea region.

The exercise focused on interoperability between the multinational joint forces.

“Cooperation with the Finnish Navy remains strong,” Royal Netherlands Navy Commodore Jeanette Morang, commander SNMG1 said. “Of course there are always challenges when it comes to communication, but that is exactly why we train – to improve. From our perspective, we wanted not only to contribute, but we also wanted to learn in this exercise to develop a deeper understanding of regional maritime issues specific to Finland.”

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Elderly fleeing Mekong Delta as climate change hits

mekongeye – By Nhung Nguyen

28 November 2022 at 7:00 (Updated on 28 November 2022 at 15:02)

Vietnamese farmers flee the Delta for city jobs as climate change, droughts and creeping saltwater take a toll.

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Tu Day, 58, and her husband, 63, in their small rented room in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The couple moved to the city in 2016 after environmental changes left their fish farm in the Mekong Delta unprofitable. PHOTO: Thanh Nguyen

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM – At 63, Nguyen Thi Ngoc landed her first full-time ‘company’ job as a security guard in Ho Chi Minh City. She had never been to a city before taking the job in early 2021, but the former farmer from the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam was indifferent to the urban bustle of the country’s largest city.

“I came here to work, make some money, not to play around,” she said, while sitting outside the semi-abandoned housing complex she guarded. “In the past six months, the only place I have visited is the market.”

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