The crisis settled in the Golfe de Noland. The maritime component of the NATO Response Force (NRF) is deployed to defuse this situation, which involves a NATO member country with its expansionist neighbor and a terrorist group under the name of NOM, Novo Ordom Mundi. This scenario is actually the framework for the Brilliant Mariner 2017 exercise which took place from 29 September to 13 October 2017 in the Mediterranean Sea.
13 nations, 3,500 soldiers and some thirty means (surface vessels, aircraft and submarines) make up the TF 445 and are under the tactical command of Rear Admiral Olivier Lebas, who relies on the French Air Force rapid reaction force (FRMARFOR) reinforced by French and allied sailors embarked on the Mistral Projection and Command Building (BPC) . This exercise is a high-level training opportunity covering the entire spectrum of missions that can be assigned to a naval force.
But the stakes are greater. In fact, Brilliant Mariner is part of a preparation cycle which will lead to the certification of France’s ability to commission the Maritime Component Command (MCC) of the NRF. France, a major player in the North Atlantic alliance should assume this responsibility, for the fourth time since 2007, as of 1 st January 2018.
This ability to be given the highest level of NATO tactical command at sea, shared only by four other nations (Spain, Italy, Great Britain and the United States), allows France to be fully interoperable with its allies Europe and NATO. To quickly integrate into a multinational force constituted or to integrate allied units in the key components such as for example the carrier group around the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle are know-how recognized by the allies of France and tried by experience operational. The successful integration of the German frigate Augsburg into the French naval group during Arromanche missions 2 and 3 is an illustration of this.