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JFC Naples, NATO commanders begin preparations for NRF 2017


 

NAPLES, Italy – Allied Joint Force Command Naples hosted "Noble Vision 2016,” a planning conference for commanders of the future 2017 NATO Response Force (NRF), Feb. 2, 2016.

 

The conference officially marked the beginning of the preparation phase for NRF 2017 certification, and allowed the JFC Naples command group and component commanders to discuss operational and training priorities, as well as opportunities to enhance capabilities during the 2016 preparation year.

 

"We met the objectives we set out to do,” said U.S. Navy Admiral Mark Ferguson, JFC Naples commander, at the conclusion of the conference. "I thank everyone for their collaboration as we ramp up for NRF 2017.”

 

The NRF is a high readiness, technologically advanced multinational force comprising land, air, maritime and special forces components that the Alliance can deploy quickly wherever and whenever needed.  NRF 2017 will be drawn from the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (AARC) for land operations; the Joint Force Air Component Command – United Kingdom (JFACC-UK) for air operations; and Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO) for maritime operations.

 

Participation in the NRF is preceded by an extensive NATO Exercise program in order to integrate and standardize the various national contingents. The force will then be held on stand-by to deploy on operations for 12 months.  After completion of the exercise program; JFC Naples will assume command of the NRF from JFC Brunssum in 2017.

 

The mission of Allied Joint Force Command Naples is to prepare for, plan and conduct military operations in order to preserve the peace, security and territorial integrity of Alliance member states.

 

 

Story and photos by Allied Joint Force Command Naples Public Affairs Office

 

 



U.S. Navy Admiral Mark Ferguson,  Allied Joint Force Command Naples commander,  responds to a briefing during "Noble Vision 2016, " Feb. 2,  2016. The conference officially marked the beginning of the preparation phase for NRF 2017 certification,  and allowed the JFC Naples command group and component commanders to discuss operational and training priorities during the 2016 preparation year. (NATO photo by Capt. Kay M. Nissen)

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