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07 3 2023

NCI Agency modernizes Romanian maritime communications system

The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) has contributed to modernize the Romanian Maritime Command and Control (C2) capabilities through the completion of the Broadcast, Maritime Rear Link and Ship-Shore (BRASS) project.

The purpose of a BRASS project is to modernize the current maritime communication system of a Nation. This is done by providing adequate High Frequency capability and monitoring and control facilities, and increasing management flexibility and communications availability. The upgraded advanced equipment will provide NATO and Romania with a long-range communications capabilities.

NCI Agency modernizes Romanian maritime communications system

To celebrate this important milestone, the NCI Agency hosted Romanian representatives and contracting experts in NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. NCI Agency Chief of Staff Major General Hans Folmer met with Flotila Admiral Daniil Trică, Deputy for Resources of the Chief of the Romanian Naval Forces and Ömer Faruk Ağa Yarman, Savronik Group Chairman to commemorate the Final System Acceptance of BRASS Romania. The ceremony was also attended by His Excellency, Ambassador Dan Neculăescu, Permanent Representative of Romania to NATO and His Excellency, Ambassador Zeki Levent Gümrükçü, Permanent Representative of Türkiye to NATO.

"This is the first BRASS project managed by the NCI Agency on behalf of a Host Nation to achieve completion. This proves that the NCI Agency has expertise and knowledge to support NATO Nations, by contributing to modernize their Naval Forces' C2 capabilities," said Major General Hans Folmer during the ceremony.

"Final System Acceptance has demonstrated the commitment of the Romanian Navy to complete the BRASS project and to provide NATO with a new and operationally significant capability which can facilitate our naval forces to accomplish their missions at sea," said Rear Admiral Daniil Trică, Deputy for Resources of the Chief of the Romanian Naval Forces.

The NCI Agency is also the Procurement Agency for five other NATO Nations for their BRASS projects, supporting them by managing the projects of behalf of each Host Nation. Each of these projects is continuing at different phases to be completed in the near future.

The successful completion of the BRASS Romania will provide the Alliance with enhanced C2 Strategic competency in the Eastern flank. This will also be the case for the other five BRASS projects that the NCI Agency manages. The completion of these BRASS projects will increase the C2 Strategic communications in NATO.