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