NATO launching exercises for rapid reaction force

14:12, 01 April 2015
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NATO will commence the process of testing and refining the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), during part one of Exercise Noble Jump, being held from April 1-10, according to a communiqué from NATO, Ukrainian newspaper Yevropeiska Pravda reported on Wednesday.

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As reported, the VJTF is being established as a part of an overall enhancement to the NATO Response Force in order to address new security challenges on NATO’s southern and eastern peripheries.

"The Noble Jump ‘Alert Exercise’ being conducted in early April is the first time that high-readiness units will practice responding to rapid ‘orders to move’ under the new VJTF framework. As such, this event represents a learning process that will allow NATO military staff to identify both successes and shortfalls during the early stages of the development process," the communiqué reads.

"Increasingly complex exercises, trials, and evaluations will be conducted throughout 2015 and 2016 in order to develop, refine and implement the VJTF concept into the framework of the NATO Response Force.

"Examples of future training activity include part two of Exercise Noble Jump from 9-20 June 2015, where units assigned to the VJTF will deploy to the Zagan Military Training Area in Western Poland, as well as Exercise Trident Juncture 2015 in Italy, Spain and Portugal from October 21 to November 6, 2015.”

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