NATO Secretary General visits NATO Exercise Steadfast Jazz in Latvia.

27 November 2013

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen together with the President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš, the President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė and senior NATO commanders observed command and control drills during NATO Exercise Steadfast Jazz which was conducted at the Adazi military base in Latvia.

Exercise Steadfast Jazz involved approximately 6,000 troops and is the Alliance’s largest exercise.  All 28 NATO Allies, as well as Finland, Sweden and Ukraine took part in the exercise. Approximately 3,000 soldiers are participating in live exercise training and 3,000 headquarters personnel were involved in a command and control drill. Latvia played a key role in this year’s exercise, hosting the certification of military headquarters staff from NATO’s Joint Force Command Brunssum, which is being tested to ensure it is ready to lead the NATO Response Force in 2014.

The Secretary General along with other Distinguished Visitors  (DV) visited a ‘tent-city’ on Wednesday 6 Nov that served as the HQ complex. This tent city was made up of the deployable camps that form  part of Capability Package 5A0156 (CP156) which was deployed and constructed by the ‘Deployable Team’ from the NATO Support Agency’s Southern Operational Centre located in Taranto and staff from Capellen, Luxembourg.  NSPA also supported the Joint Task Force HQ with an embedded Planning Officer and with a Senior Procurement Officer at the Joint Logistics Support Group HQ.

During this DV day, NSPA was represented by Mr. Christopher Rose, NSPA Chief of Staff, and Mr. Renato Lepore, the Southern Operational Centre Commander. “NSPA’s support to Exercise Steadfast Jazz was critical to the success of the exercise, and the effectiveness of both the CP156 deployed HQ and the SOC team that had delivered it, was positively commented on by all.  The Exercise JLSG team also positively commented to the audience which included the NATO Military Committee, on the logistic planning support that they had received from NSPA’s planning staff from the LL programme.   Furthermore, as the ISAF mission draws down, there will be increased focus on the Connected Forces Initiative and similar NATO exercises in the future, so the Agency is already positioning itself well to provide the planning and operational deployed support that NATO’s deployed HQs and future NATO Response Forces will need.” explained Rose.