Thursday, October 3, 2013

NATO conducts large-scale response force drills in mediterranean

A large fleet of warships from NATO’s Response Force (NRF) are taking part in Exercise “Brilliant Mariner 2013” which is currently underway in the Mediterranean Sea.

This training exercise enables NATO’s maritime force to respond to operational needs or crisis situations anywhere in the world, as and when required.

Over five thousand military and naval personnel from 12 NATO nations comprising Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States are participating.

The exercise involves a total of 23 warships, including one aircraft carrier, 10 frigates, one auxiliary ship, and 7 mine counter measure vessels. Two submarines and a range of maritime Patrol aircraft are also taking part.

NATO’s Allied Maritime Command in Northwood, UK, is responsible for directing the exercise, ensuring that the NATO Response Force (NRF) is faced with realistic and demanding scenarios, presenting a number of challenges for the participants.

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