OLSP and SOC staff support Exercise Capable Logistician 2015

14 July 2015

Staff from NSPA participated in Exercise Capable Logistician 2015 (CL15) conducted in Bakony Military Training Area in Hungary.   The exercise was a Logistic Standardization and Interoperability Field Training Exercise lead by the Multinational Logistics Coordination Centre (MLCC).

The main focus was on Joint Logistics support Group (JLSG) operational level and tactical logistics support planning. In addition, the exercise included interoperability trials to train participants in working at a JLSG HQ and multinational Integrated Logistics Units (MILUs) and to exercise theatre logistics which use  MILUs.

Several NSPA staff from the Operational Logistics Support Partnership (OLSP) participated in the key planning events and supported the JLSG HQ in the execution phase of the exercise.

The Southern Operational Centre (SOC) in Taranto also provided key support to the exercise. Capability Package 5A0156 (CP156) assets were deployed along with a team of seven technicians, this as part of its programmed Training Programme ‘Exercise Steadfast Juncture’ with a view to train new technicians on deploying and operating this materiel under field conditions. The Host Nation also provided a team of 40 military personnel to work alongside the SOC technicians during the construction, build-up and ‘tear-down’ and re-packing of the materiel for return to Taranto.

Several 45 x 20 foot containers of equipment - part of CP156 - were deployed to support the 250 exercise participants. This equipment provided living and office facilities using tented structures, ablutions and toilets, power generation and distribution equipment, fuel storage and distribution, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems, water production, storage and distribution systems, a waste water collection and treatment plant, Mechanical Handling Equipment (MHE) and light vehicles.

This CP156 camp was also used to test energy efficient technologies (provided by industry) to better understand how these technologies would interact and/or support current equipment. These technologies included micro-grids to improve camp energy management, renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power, insulation against heat and cold. Other ‘green’ areas investigated included the use of low power ‘LED’ lights and small portable fuel cells for individual soldiers; all of this in support of the NATO policy to reduce fuel requirements, predominantly diesel fuel, in the field.”