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Viewing cable 08USNATO473, UPDATE ON NATO AIR SURVEILLANCE AND TRAINING

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
08USNATO473 2008-12-19 08:08 2011-01-13 05:05 CONFIDENTIAL Mission USNATO
VZCZCXYZ0004
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHNO #0473 3540851
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 190851Z DEC 08
FM USMISSION USNATO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2589
INFO RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE
RHMFISS/USNMR SHAPE BE
RUEHNO/USDELMC BRUSSELS BE
RUDKSR/EUCOM PLANS AND ANALYSIS STUTTGART GE
RUEKJCS/JCS WASHDC
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC
C O N F I D E N T I A L USNATO 000473 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/18/2018 
TAGS: MOPS NATO PGOV PREF PREL IC
SUBJECT: UPDATE ON NATO AIR SURVEILLANCE AND TRAINING 
MISSIONS IN ICELAND 
 
Classified By: A/DCM W.S. Reid for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
1.  (C) In November, the financial crisis in Iceland and the 
ensuing dispute between Iceland and the UK threw into 
question NATO air surveillance and training missions in 
Iceland.  The UK was scheduled to fill the December 5 ) 21, 
2008 rotation, but after a period of negotiation, the UK 
ultimately cancelled at the behest of the Icelandic 
government.  The negotiations also led to a reduction in the 
number of rotations per year and adjustments to the financial 
arrangements.  Sending nations are now invited to Iceland 
three times per year vice four.  The sending nations will 
also now pay for food at the rate of 26 euros per person per 
day, and ground support (handling fees, loading equipment, 
etc.) at the rate of 2,000 euros per day, assuming five jets 
-- cost that were covered previously by Iceland.  All other 
terms remain the same.  For 2009, the first rotation will be 
filled by Denmark beginning January, then Spain in the 
spring, followed by the United States in late August to 
September. 
 
2.  (SBU) Iceland first invited NATO Allies to such air 
surveillance and policing activities in July 2007.  The 
initial exercise was conducted by France in April and May of 
2008.  Not only do these rotations provide good training 
opportunities, they also demonstrate NATO presence in an area 
of Alliance airspace that has seen increased Russian 
encroachment. 
VOLKER