Nato's Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) is conducting full operational capability (FOC) certification exercise, Trident Jewel, as part of efforts to test its management capability in the event of a joint multinational operation.
The 11-day exercise, which includes a significant maritime component, will include a scenario that focuses on management of a non-Article V crisis in a fictitious non-Nato nation.
Exercise Trident Jewel is being conducted to mark the end of MARCOM's two-year transition period after the merger of the two maritime Nato headquarters (HQ) in 2013 into a single HQ.
MARCOM commander and UK Royal Navy vice admiral Peter Hudson CB CBE said: "Exercise Trident Jewel tests our ability to manage a significant security challenge that will require seamless co-ordination between myriad military headquarters and civilian organisations in order to sustain a comprehensive solution.
"I am very proud of how the Nato Maritime staff has planned for, and will execute, this complex and challenging exercise."
An additional 70 active duty and reserve personnel from several Nato headquarters and Allied national forces joined to participate in the exercise along with MARCOM'S multinational staff of more than 300.
Separately, around 40 training and evaluation personnel will work in the headquarters during the exercise.
The participants will take care of commanding air and land forces, logistics and Special Forces, as well as its regular maritime capabilities such as ships, submarines, and maritime patrol aircraft.
The exercise will conclude on 26 March.
Image: MARCOM commander, vice admiral Peter Hudson, addresses his staff prior to the commencement of Exercise Trident Jewel. Photo: courtesy of HQ MARCOM Public Affairs Office.