British Vice Admiral Clive Johnstone, who headed the Atlantic Alliance Maritime Command until last May, yesterday praised the Madrid-London defence partnership and the “extraordinary value Spain brings to NATO and its understanding of the Alliance’s strategic significance”.
“I want to recognise and commend Spain for being such an active ally of NATO, a net contributor and the place from which incredible commanders come”, said the soldier, who is retiring after 35 years in the British Navy, during a conference organised by the UK Embassy in Spain at the Círculo de Bellas Artes. Both countries collaborate and have collaborated in different NATO missions, such as air patrols in the Baltic, the fight against piracy in the Horn of Africa and against terrorism in Afghanistan, recalled the Embassy.
“The global challenges, led by the global crisis of environmental destruction and change, are formidable, but they require, more than ever, a partnership approach, and I believe NATO is the best alliance we have seen”, added Vice-Admiral Johnstone. London will host the summit of the heads of state and government of NATO’s 29 member nations on December 3-4 to mark the Alliance’s 70th anniversary.