April 9, 2024

The Navy and the Formation of NATO

Continued Navy cooperation with coalition partners after World War II helped facilitate a smooth transition from a war footing to a new postwar security framework backed by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. NATO then helped clarify the roles and responsibilities for America’s Navy in Nuclear Age limited warfare.

March 29, 2024

The Long Road to NATO, 1917–1949

The signing of the North Atlantic Treaty on 4 April 1949 and the subsequent creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) marked a fundamental transformation in US foreign and defense policy by committing the United States to an ongoing military role in Europe. As part of a broader package of economic, humanitarian, and military aid, US

Sept. 12, 2020

Passing of Admiral William Dee Smith, USN (Ret.)

It is with deep regret I inform you of the passing of Admiral William Dee "Bill" Smith, U.S. Navy (Retired) on September 9, 2020 at age 87. Adm. Smith entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1951 and served as a Submarine Officer until his retirement in 1993 as the U.S. Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee in

Nov. 17, 2017

Commemorating Peace with Allies: Honoring Battle Monuments from Paris to Tunis

 In honor of Armistice, Remembrance, and Veterans Day, leaders from Naval Forces Europe/Africa and Allied Joint Forces Command Naples, Italy, participated in commemorations across Europe and Africa. U.S. Navy flag officers spoke in American Battle Monuments and historic sites in France, and the Naval Forces Europe/Africa band played at the North