Last preparations, final adjustments before sailing for the sailors participating in Exercise BRILLIANT MARINER 2017, NATO’s major exercise, which will take place from 29 September to 13 October 2017 in the Mediterranean Sea.
For a few days now, the Toulonians will no doubt have noticed the presence on their streets of many sailors from NATO countries participating in the BRILLIANT MARINER2017 exercise (BRMR17) involving 13 different nations, 3500 sailors and thirty of units (frigates, amphibious vessels, submarines, aircraft carriers, tankers, mine-hunters, etc.) and numerous airborne means.
This exercise is part of the preparation cycle of the Nato Response Force (NRF), a multinational force with a high level of preparedness, composed of elements from the armies, air, navy and special forces. These components are able to act quickly, wherever necessary, in the face of all security threats and thus provide a response to the management of crises related to the collective defense of NATO members. This exercise is the last step before France exercises command of the maritime component command (MCC) of the NRF with a view to its warning, 1 January 2018 for a period of one year .
To do so, a scenario simulating a crisis involving a NATO member country will allow all the participants in aeromaritime operations to be trained in all areas of combat, with particular emphasis on the expeditionary nature of a deployment of the NRF.
Under the command of Rear Admiral Olivier Lebas, Commander of the French Air Force Rapid Response Force (FRMARCOM), an Interallied and Inter-Army Staff with a strong French component is working from the MISTRAL Projection and Command Building (BPC). He will conduct the operations of Task Force 445 (TF445) under the scrutiny of NATO international examiners who are responsible for certifying the level of readiness required for his command in January. This General Staff was visited on 28 September 2017 by General Farina, Commander of the Joint Force Command (JFC), based in Brunssum, the Netherlands.
Finally, this exercise will be an opportunity for the French crews to maintain at a very high level their capacities to work with NATO standards, applied every day in operation. France is indeed one of the first contributors of NATO and one of the only five countries to have the capacity of command of an MCC.