NATO Response Force: Bloc Holds Major Naval Exercise In Mediterranean
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Allied Command Operations
September 26, 2012
EXERCISE NOBLE MARINER 2012 LAUNCHED IN TOULON, FRANCE
From 24 September to 7 October 2012, NATO will conduct a major naval exercise code-named Noble Mariner 12 (NOMR12) in the Mediterranean Sea.
NOMR12 plays an important part in the certification process of the NATO Response Force (NRF). This year, the objective is to certify the capacity of France to lead the maritime component of NRF.
Task Force (TF) 445 and all its units will deploy to the exercise zone and evolve in a crisis scenario involving a multi-threat environment. NOMR12 will allow to train the staff of participating units in all types of warfare, highlighting the expeditionary nature of NRF deployments.
Allied Maritime Command Northwood will oversee both the preparation and conduct of this exercise.
Rear Admiral Philippe Coindreau (French Navy), FRMARFOR Commander, will assume command of TF 445.
The successful completion of this exercise will allow FRMARFOR to assume command of the maritime component of the NRF for the whole of 2013.