Europe briefs: Russians to join NATO antiterrorism mission
Two Russian warships from the Black Sea Fleet will soon join NATO’s antiterrorism mission, Operation Active Endeavour, in the eastern Mediterranean, according to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov.
The announcement was made after a daylong meeting Thursday between defense ministers of NATO and Russia in Poiana Brasov, Romania. The meeting focused on how NATO and Russia can cooperate in the fight against terrorism, according to a NATO news release.
Seven warships and various aircraft from numerous NATO nations are taking part in the operation, including the American frigate USS Underwood. It involves surveillance and monitoring of major shipping lanes to deter terrorist operations, and to escort other ships when needed.
Operation Active Endeavour kicked off in October 2001 in the eastern Mediterranean and in March 2004 expanded to include the entire Mediterranean.
Wife’s name released
Army officials released Monday the name of a soldier’s spouse who was found dead last week in the couple’s on-base apartment in Wiesbaden, Germany.
The wife of the soldier has been identified as Chevonne Talbot, 30, of Georgetown, Guyana, according to Donna Dean, a spokeswoman for the 221st Base Support Battalion.
Talbot’s husband, whom authorities have not identified, is a soldier assigned to the 421st Medical Evacuation Battalion.
German police are investigating the death, which occurred Oct. 12 in the Hainerberg Housing Area. Talbot’s husband found her body, Dean said.
A German investigator said Friday that suicide does not appear to be the cause of death, adding Talbot was either killed or suffered a fatal accident.