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Germany takes the lead for NATO’s high readiness force

On Sunday (1 January 2023), Germany takes the lead of NATO's highest-readiness military force, placing thousands of troops on standby and ready to deploy within days.
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NATO Enhanced Forward Presence receives first multinational ammunition warehouse

Today (23 March) the Chiefs of Defence of Belgium and Estonia formally opened the first Multinational Ammunition Warehousing Initiative (MAWI) location in Estonia.
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NATO Response Force units arrive in Romania

Units of the NATO Response Force arrived in Romania on Monday and Tuesday (28 February – 1 March 2022) to reinforce NATO’s defensive posture in the eastern part of the Alliance. 500 French troops assembled in Istres in southern France before deploying to Romania.
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Hungarian Forces ready for NATO reinforcements in the East

On Wednesday (23 February), NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Tod. D. Wolters, vetted Hungarian forces for possible support to NATO’s enhanced defence in the Eastern flank of the Alliance. This decision follows Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine and is part of a broad range of measures aimed to ensure the protection and defence of all Allies.
25 Feb. 2022

SACEUR statement on the activation of the NATO Response Force

Over the past few months, NATO Allies and European partners have remained unified in opposition to threats against peace and security in Europe. In response to Russia's unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine, the Alliance has operationally aligned its maritime, land, air, space, and cyber forces to defend our NATO sovereignty.
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France takes the lead of NATO’s highest readiness force

France takes the lead of NATO’s highest-readiness military force on Saturday (1 January 2022), for a period of one year. The formation, formally known as NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), was created in 2014 in response to crises in the Middle East and Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, and is permanently available to move within days to defend any Ally. The VJTF is the highest-readiness element of NATO’s 40,000-strong Response Force.
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NATO Afghan evacuees begin journey to resettlement

Over 100 former NATO Afghan employees and family members began their journey to resettlement in the United Kingdom on Thursday (16 September 2021). With the support of NATO’s high-readiness Response Force, the Afghan evacuees departed temporary facilities in Kosovo for the United Kingdom on a chartered civilian airline flight from Pristina.
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Exercise Steadfast Defender 2021 to test NATO readiness and military mobility

NATO exercise Steadfast Defender 2021 kicks off this month, bringing together more than 20 NATO Allies and partners from North America and Europe1. “Exercise Steadfast Defender 2021 will test NATO’s readiness and military mobility – with forces deploying across land and sea, all the way from North America to the Black Sea region and off the coast of Portugal,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. “With over 9,000 troops, the exercise demonstrates that NATO has the capabilities and the resolve to protect all Allies against any threat,” he added.
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NATO invests in cloud communications for its high readiness force

The NATO Communications and Information Agency has awarded a 42 million euro contract for new technology to support the NATO Response Force's communications. The flagship project will increase NATO's agility and reduce deployment times.
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Turkey takes charge of NATO high readiness force

The Turkish army will take the lead of NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) on Friday (1 January 2021), placing thousands of soldiers on standby, ready to deploy within days.

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