Exercise Noble Jump 2017– Exercise Director, MG Cave, briefed by NFIU’s staff

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The Noble Jump 2017 Exercise Director (EXDIR), Major General Ian Cave, visited the NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU) Romania HQ. During the visit, he was briefed on the NFIU – Host Nation (HN) relationship during the deployment of NATO Forces to Romania. Additionally, discussions touched on how to improve this relationship in order to increase the responsiveness of the Alliance when conducting rapid deployments on the South-Eastern flank of Europe.
NOJP17 is the first exercise in which the Very High Joint Readiness Task Force (VJTF) deployed on Romanian territory. Prior to this exercise, NFIU together with Host Nation (HN) identified the logistics and transportation needs of the Allied Forces to enable them to deploy in the region as quickly as possible.
Another topic was the lessons learned collection process in view of improving the procedures with Romania. “The more lessons we collect, the stronger we are” said the British General. Many of the procedures used in the exercise are used for the first time. Given that this is the first exercise of this type in Romania, and that it involves newly formed structures, all troop reception, staging and onward movement (RSOM) procedures are tested. Another aspect that will be evaluated is the cooperation procedures with Romania as a Host Nation.
Major General Ian Cave is the Deputy Head of Planning for the Joint Force Command Naples Chief of Staff since 2015.