Success at Exercise Fortitude I 2013, Taranto, Italy

16 April 2013

Exercise Fortitude I, 2013 was carried out during the period 2-12th April 2013 at the NSPA Southern Operational Centre, Taranto, Italy.

Exercise Fortitude is a training exercise which is conducted twice a year. Its main aim is to train personnel supporting deployable NATO Command Structure (NCS) or NATO Force Structure (NFS) HQs on preparation, maintenance and mounting of CP 1561 assets and equipment.

In total, 20 personnel coming from a variety of NATO locations and backgrounds attended the various training classes. HQs included the Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFCB), Land Command Izmir, Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC) and Land Forces Latvia (in support of JFCB).

The training involved constructing tents and container facilities, operating Bobcat skid-steer loader, installing power generation equipment and maintaining a workshop facility. Additionally, the exercise participants received an initial training from KARBOX s.r.o. on three different types of workshop facilities, which will assist technicians to build and maintain assets of NATO’s Large Headquarters Camps (500 men).

All participants were enthusiastic in learning to use CP 156 assets and successfully completed the training.

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.