On July 1st, 146 Portuguese Marines left for Lithuania, where they will remain 3 months as part of NATO Assurance Measures in the Baltic Sea region.
140 Marines and 6 divers will train with the Lithuanian Navy and the Army's Dragoon Battalion in amphibious and land operations.
The Chief of Defence, Admiral António Silva Ribeiro, believes that this national participation, which aims to contribute to NATO collective efforts, demonstrates the Portuguese "strong solidarity with all members of the Atlantic Alliance." The Chief of Staff of the Navy, Admiral António Mendes Calado, identified the national participation as contributing “to affirm Portugal as a security provider and peace contributor."
Watch the Force departure at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGnm63bCwds
For the first time in 43 years, Portugal will chair the NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives. Major Diana Morais, current Vice-President, was unanimously elected for the position of Chair.
The NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives was established in 1976, and is one of the oldest in the Alliance. This advisory body of the Military Committee promotes gender perspectives in the Alliance’s military operations and the implementation of United Nations resolutions in this area.
Over the next two years, Portugal and the Netherlands will co-chair the Executive Committee, and in 2021, Major Diana Morais will take over from the current Chair, Lieutenant Colonel Corine Van Nieuwburg-Hofte.
For the Portuguese Minister of Defense, João Gomes Cravinho, "This historic election has a special symbolism since it recognizes the merit of Portugal and of the Officer in particular. I believe that Major Diana Morais can be a source of inspiration for those who consider a military career".