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08 November 2012 13:45

NATO's Steadfast Juncture exercise ends in Estonia

NATO's Steadfast Juncture exercise ends in Estonia NATO's Steadfast Juncture exercise ends in Estonia

Over 2100 NATO staff members in various locations all over Europe took part in a NATO exercise Steadfast Juncture, which ended this week in Estonia.

Over 2100 NATO staff members in various locations all over Europe took part in a NATO exercise Steadfast Juncture, which ended this week in Estonia. The exercise aimed at certifying NATO Joint Force Command Naples, Italy for 2013 NATO Response Force (NRF).

“This is the biggest, most important and highest level exrecise NATO has ever conducted in Estonia,“ Chief of Defence of Estonia, Brigadier General Riho Terras said at the exercise press conference this week.

"It is the personification of our Alliance's shared values and the reason NATO has been, and will continue to be, the world's most enduring and effective military alliance," NATO Joint Force Commander Naples, Admiral Bruce W. Clingan added.

The overarching goal of the exercise was to train and assess the headquarters’ ability to command and control NRF in a complex environment. The NRF is a highly ready and technologically advanced multinational force made up of land, air, maritime and Special Forces components that the Alliance can deploy quickly to wherever it is needed.

This is the first time NATO used a new scenario called Skolkan to certify its Response Force. The scenario that took two years to develop, anwsers the needs of modern warfare.

As a host nation for the Joint Task Force Headquarters, Estonia provided technical, administrative and facilities support for the operational level headquarters.

After the component level training events that took place earlier this year (Noble Ardent 2012, Noble Ledger 2012, Noble Mariner 2012), this exercise at the operational level was the next step to the certification of the NRF 2013.

The certified combined joint force package has been training for almost one year and will be on stand-by next year, ready to quickly respond to a crisis situation anywhere in the world.

NATO HQ JFC Naples prepares, plans and conducts military operations in order to preserve the peace, security and territorial integrity of Alliance member states and freedom of the seas and economic lifelines throughout SACEUR's Area of Responsibility and beyond.

Last year NATO JFC Naples served as the higher headquarters for the Alliance’s Libya mission Unified Protector.

Links:
- Steadfast Juncture 12 picture gallery

 

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