Expeditionary Camp Workshop at the Southern Operational Centre

09 April 2013

On 26 and 27 March 2013, the NSPA Southern Operational Centre (SOC) hosted, on behalf of SHAPE, an ‘Expeditionary Camp’ workshop. The delegation included representatives from NATO Headquarters, SHAPE, the Russian Federation, Germany, Czech Republic and United Kingdom.

The United Nations (UN) team from the UN Logistics Base in Brindisi (Italy) acted as ‘guest presenters’ and provided valuable input.

The intent of the workshop was to provide a forum allowing discussions on expeditionary camp capabilities that support deployed forces for short to medium term operations, i.e. from a few months up to 2 years.

Representatives from the UN, SHAPE, the NATO Engineering Centre of Excellence in Ingolstadt (Germany), the Russian Federation, the Czech Republic and the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) provided a presentation on their camp systems and operating procedures with regard to management and the deployment of their assets.

The delegates were briefed on NATO’s Capability Package (CP) 1561 stored & managed at the SOC, to include a static display of equipment and vehicles. The SOC technicians were available to answer questions. There was strong interest from the visitors.

Open dialogue was encouraged in order to identify common problems and issues associated with expeditionary camp support, related to the through life cycle of the capability, including acquisition and its funding, storage and maintenance, projection (transportation and build-up) of the camp capability into the theatre of operations and the sustainment aspects such as water management, power supply, fuel and possible renewable energy sources, camp design and force protection. As the discussion developed, it became apparent that all participating nations & organizations have to deal with similar challenges.

The participants were visibly satisfied with the two day workshop and concluded that a common approach in this domain should be continued.

1 The Capability Package (CP) 156 addresses the enhancement of NATO’s deployable capability by implementing a number of deployable camps varying in size from 100 to 500 men. These camps consist of all facilities and equipment required for soldiers to live, work and sustain a NATO HQ mission to a remote and austere location for a period of up to 2 years.