Deployable air staff visit SOC

13 August 2014

The Southern Operational Centre recently hosted a delegation from the NATO Deployable Air Command and Control centre (DACCC) in order to highlight the SOC capabilities that could support air operations.

During their visit on 23 July, the team was led by Spanish Air Force Colonel Juan Toledano. The group received a comprehensive briefing on the role of the Agency and the SOC in support of SHAPE operations, with particular emphasis on the Capability Packages, one of which ‘CP5A0109’ (CP109) which provides equipment and special vehicles for the Deployable Air Radar Systems (DARS) unit.

DARS, along with its operational-level sister unit, the Deployable Air Operations Centre (DAOC), comprises NATO’s Deployable Air Command and Control Centre (DACCC) and is based at Poggio Renatico in Northern Italy. The DACCC is NATO’s most flexible air command and control entity and provides NATO with a truly unique force projection capability, allowing NATO commanders to transport a tailored air command and control suite throughout Europe or beyond for sustained operations in support of regional or world-wide combat or contingency requirements.

CP109 has been developed and acquired by NSPA’s General and Cooperative Services Programme to meet the exacting requirements of this unit. This equipment is stored both at the SOC and at the Centre in Poggio Renatico. Among the equipment at the SOC are 25 vehicles including 4 X 4 Land Rovers, ambulances, recovery trucks, specialized trailers and 46 20’ ISO containers of materiel. The ISO containers contain a fully equipped field kitchen with frozen/chilled storage and dining facility, laundry, water storage and distribution, waste water collection and storage, fuel storage and distribution units.

The DACCC team was particularly interested in what additional services could be provided to them to enhance their in-house ability to maintain and sustain their stores of  equipment. They also explored the level of support which could be provided by the SOC in the area of specialized training and support to exercises and deployments; this discussion will be continued in a follow-up meeting planned for September.