6 August 1998
Exercise Cooperative Assembly 98
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- Forces from fourteen Allied and Partnership for Peace (PfP)
countries and observers from another six will conduct a PfP
(live/field) training exercise near Tirana, Albania, from 17-22
- This exercise, COOPERATIVE ASSEMBLY 98 (CA98), is designed to
develop a common understanding of peace support operations, doctrine
and training and to practise interoperability between participating
nations' military forces.
- Air, maritime and land forces from fourteen countries will
practise together various skills, to include search and rescue, close
air support, medical evacuation, and air drop procedures as well as
infantry peace support operations skills. This training will help
refine and validate the procedures and requirements necessary for
military forces from NATO and Partner nations to operate effectively
Forces participating come from: Albania, Belgium, Canada,
France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands,
Russia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States.
- COOPERATIVE ASSEMBLY 98 is under the direction of the
Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces Southern Europe (CINCSOUTH),
Admiral T. Joseph Lopez. It is commanded and coordinated by
Commander Naval Striking and Support Forces Southern Europe
(COMSTRIKFORSOUTH), Vice Admiral D. Murphy Jr.
- CA98 is held within the framework of the Partnership for Peace
Programme launched at the NATO Summit in January 1994. This
programme aims to further improve understanding and cooperation with
the armed forces of Central and Eastern Europe and with several
Central Asian and Caucasus nations and thus foster enhanced security
relationships between NATO and its Partner nations.