In Colbert's mind, the crisis that led up to the June 1967 Arab-Israeli War would have been the ideal proving ground for a multinational standing naval force.
After the activation of the Standing Naval Force, Atlantic, and its first visit to the United States, in the spring of 1968, Colbert was unexpectedly selected to be President of the Naval War College.
The basic idea in Colbert's mind was to have officers from a variety of friendly nations "design" a ship that could provide the basis for commonality and standardization in multinational naval forces, such as the Standing Naval Force, Atlantic.
Under his leadership the Naval On-Call Force, Mediterranean was started and expanded with the hope of developing it into a standing naval force using Greek, Turkish, Italian, British, and U.
Support measures, to be taken 'individually and collectively', include the provision of some of Nato's 17 AWACS early-warning aircraft and the deployment, if needed, of ships from the Alliance Standing Naval Force
to the eastern Mediterranean.
Overall, about 40 ships, 30 aircraft and 900 marines are participating, including ships from Standing Naval Force
Mediterranean (STANAVFORMED) and Maritime Mine Counter Measures Force Mediterranean (MCMFORMED).
For the next 12 months the Royal Navy is commanding two of the four NATO Standing Naval Forces
, demonstrating the UKs commitment to and leadership within the alliance.
ship out of six during a six month Standing Naval Forces
Atlantic (SNFL) deployment, I have been exposed to a variety of people and cultures from other navies as well.
We were two months into a Standing Naval Forces
Atlantic (SNFL) deployment and heading north from Lisbon, Portugal, to participate in Exercise Strong Resolve 02 off the coast of Norway.
Our Standing Naval Forces
Atlantic (SNFL) task force had been assigned a large patrol box about 20 miles off the Norwegian coast in support of Strong Resolve 02.
HMS Grafton is attached to Nato's Standing Naval Forces
Atlantic group and was visiting Oslo with other vessels from the unit.
We were two days from a port visit in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, halfway through our deployment with the NATO Standing Naval Forces