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Visit of the Portuguese CHOD to the NATO CIS School
Portugal’s highest ranking officer, Admiral António Silva Ribeiro, the Portuguese Chief of Defence (PRT CHOD) paid the NCISS a visit on 11 March on his way to JFC Naples. In light of the NCISS’s imminent move to Oeiras, Portugal this summer, the PRT CHOD took this opportunity to gather more information about the School’s current activities and to gain a deeper understanding about its future challenges. Admiral Silva Ribeiro was hosted by the Chief of Staff (CoS) of the Agency, RAdm Dr. Thomas Daum (DEU), who came from Brussels specifically for this purpose. On this occasion the new CoS of the Agency, MGen Goksel Sevindik (TUR) was also introduced to the Portuguese CHOD and to the School. After a short welcome, together with the Air Force Base Commander, BGen Vincenzo Falzarano, Admiral Silva Ribeiro was briefed by the NCISS Commandant, Colonel Paulo Nunes on the history of the NCISS, its achievements and how the transformation to the Academy in Oeiras is envisaged. Afterwards, the classrooms and some of the most technically advanced technical laboratories of the School were presented. Special attention was also given to the students’ quarters which will not be available in Oeiras at the Academy inauguration. At the end of his visit, the PRT CHOD highlighted the successful cooperation between Portugal and the Agency and offered his support to enable a good start of the Academy in its new location Oeiras.