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NATO Response Force: ready for action

The NATO Response Force (NRF) is the spearhead of the Alliance. It is a rapid-reaction force on land, sea and in the air. It can defend any Ally, deploy anywhere and deal with any threat.

In the autumn of 2013, the NRF was put to the test in a series of exercises culminating in Steadfast Jazz in early November.


Rapid Reaction Corps France gears up for new tasks 25 Oct. 2013 Next year’s rotation of the command of the land component of the NATO Response Force (NRF) will be assumed by Headquarters Rapid Reaction Corps - France. It just completed a series of demanding training exercises to prepare for final certification, which will take place in Poland in November during Exercise Steadfast Jazz. Once certified, the headquarters will be able to command up to 30,000 personnel. 
NATO Response Force put to the test 30 Sep. 2013 The NATO Response Force is being put to the test in a series of live exercises this autumn. Culminating in Exercise Steadfast Jazz at the beginning of November, a series of exercises is underway to train, test and certify the command structures and forces that will serve in next year’s rotation of the NATO Response Force (NRF). The NRF will play an increasingly important role in maintaining NATO’s preparedness as the operational tempo of the Alliance decreases following the end of the NATO-led combat mission in Afghanistan. 

Last updated: 05-Nov-2013 10:05

News from NATO HQ

Exercise Steadfast Jazz 2013 08 Nov. 2013 Steadfast Jazz kicked off on 2 November 2013 across Europe, including the Baltic States and Poland. The exercise involves air, land, maritime and Special Operations Forces components. It also involves military headquarters staff from Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum, which has to be certified to lead the NATO Response Force next year. All 28 NATO Allies, as well as Finland, Sweden and Ukraine are taking part in the exercise. 
The headquarters of the Rapid Reaction Corps, based in Lille, France, prepares for the 2014 rotation of the NATO Response Force 28 Oct. 2013 NRF training : The NATO School Oberammergau briefs all staff on the NRF standby and the tasks that will be entrusted to them during 2014. 
Preparing for the NATO exercise ''Steadfast Jazz 2013'' 20 Sep. 2013 Adazi base near Riga, Latvia has started building the 50 tents for the 3,000 headquarters personnel of Joint Force Brunssum who will be involved in a command and control exercise. 
On the way to Poland - Exercise Steadfast Jazz 2013 09 Sep. 2013 The Rapid Reaction Corps France (HQ RRC-FR) is preparing for its deployment to Poland in the framework of exercise Steadfast Jazz 2013. 
Exercise Brilliant Arrow 2013 06 Sep. 2013 The live flying exercise Brilliant Arrow 2013 conducted by NATO’s Headquarters Allied Air Command aimed at testing the NATO Response Force took place at Oerland Main Air Station, Norway from 25 August to 6 September 2013. 

Exercise locations

Exercise Steadfast Jazz is the culmination of a series of exercises being conducted by NATO to test the NRF and its air, land, maritime and Special Operations Forces components, as well as various headquarters across the Alliance. The exercises are indicated on the map below as follows:

8 x Command post exercise (CPX): Exercises to train the NATO headquarters that will be part of the NRF in 2014.
6 x Live exercise (LIVEX): Live exercises to train and evaluate the troops in multinational operations.
3 x Brilliant series: Exercises that train and certify NRF components under their component commands: Brilliant Mariner for the maritime component, Brilliant Arrow for the air component and Brilliant Sword for the Special Operations Forces component.