Nato-Russia Council

Large-scale multinational logistics exercise in Slovakia

NATO-Russia Council Capable Logistician 2013 CL13 01Helicopter operations exercised during Capable Logistician 2013

Exercise Capable Logistician 2013 (CL13)

A Russian delegation of military observers led by Lieutenant General Toporov attended the Logistics Standardisation and Interoperability Field Training Exercise Capable logistician 2013 exercise in Slovakia in June. The visit, to the largest logistical exercise of this kind in recent years, was organised as part of continuing military-to-military exchanges and cooperation through the NATO-Russia Council.

Exercise Capable Logistician 2013 was coordinated by the Multinational Logistics Coordination Centre and supported by Slovakia as host nation. 35 nations have taken part and contributed more than 1800 personnel and 600 pieces of equipment. The exercise was designed to assess the interoperability of logistics systems, equipment, and procedures, to enhance multinational cooperation and overall interoperability in current and future operations.

NATO-Russia Council Capable Logistician 2013 CL13 02Camp building and redeployment are important areas of interoperatbility.

The scenario for the exercise was based around a Crisis Response Operation and Humanitarian Assistance to natural disaster during peace keeping operations. The Logistics functional areas exercised in CL13 included: ammunition, fuel, water, maintenance and recovery, movement and transportation, material handling, helicopter operations, asset tracking, electric power production, movement control, infrastructure engineering for logistics, smart energy and logistics services.

The principle behind the CL13 exercise is to improve multinational cooperation on logistics, through sharing tasks for more efficient use of resources. Nations will use the results of the exercise to assess each other’s current Logistics systems and equipment.

NATO-Russia Council nations will continue to examine the possibility of logistical cooperation between NATO and Russian Federation forces.

NATO-Russia Council Capable Logistician 2013 CL13 03Cooperation in redeployment will be vital in the lead up to the end of 2014 as ISAF forces leave Afghanistan.