Romanian troops stand in formation at a July 1, 2016, ceremony in Bucharest, Romania, marking initial capabilities of Multinational Division Southeast. Currently, the MNDSE headquarters is in the midst of an exercise to determine if the unit is deemed to be at full capability. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Patton)
NAPLES, Italy – Since its activation in December of 2015, the Multinational Division Southeast headquarters in Bucharest, Romania, has made steady progress towards achieving and maintaining NATO standards.
MNDSE, which is under the operational control of Allied Joint Force Command Naples, is a regional multinational divisional headquarters that is prepared to conduct collective defence operations in the event of an Article 5 declaration.
Currently, the MNDSE headquarters is in the midst of an exercise, dubbed Dacian Lancer 2018, to determine if the unit is deemed to be at full capability. The marking of full capability would mean the headquarters of MNDSE has the proper manning, the necessary equipment, and personnel trained to NATO standards in accordance with its mission.
Officials from MNDSE said almost 900 Romanian and international servicemembers are taking part in Dacian Lancer 2018, and they highlighted that the exercise is a milestone in NATO’s current adaptation process to react with flexibility to new challenges at its southeastern borders.
The headquarters of MNDSE is located in the strategic Black Sea region, and over the years, it’s demonstrated its ability to deploy interoperable forces during numerous exercises. One recent example includes Noble Jump 2017, where its personnel were rapidly deployed across three countries.
Dacian Lancer 2018 is slated to conclude this week.
Story by JFC Naples Public Affairs Office