• Last updated: 05 Nov. 2013 10:05

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.

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      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.

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      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.

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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.




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