UK’s head of Armed Forces visit
NFIU, Romania - Chief of the Defence Staff of the United Kingdom, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, together with the Romanian Chief of General Staff, General Nicolae Ciuca and the British Ambassador to Romania, HE Paul Brummell, visited NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU) Romania (ROU) on Thursday, July 6, 2017.
The delegation received a briefing by NFIU ROU Commander, Colonel Catalin Ticulescu, about the NFIU’s role and mission in Romania and its link to the Host Nation (HN). Following that, there were discussions at the round table that included lessons identified during NATO’s largest exercise in 2017, Noble Jump 17, when the UK deployed to Romania troops from the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF). These lessons identified are currently being analysed and will be transformed into lessons learned that will help the NFIU improve internal and external procedures.
During these discussions, Air Chief Marshal Peach highlighted this was his first time visiting an NFIU and that he is interested in how this HQ can facilitate the rapid deployment of troops for exercises or operations.
Exercise Noble Jump 17 was a logistical challenge both for NATO HQs and forces involved in planning and executing, but also for HNs Bulgaria, Greece and Romania. Approximately 5,000 soldiers were involved in the exercise, a considerable number from the UK’s Armed Forces.
Air Chief Marshal Peach has served for 40 years in the Royal Air Force and from July 2016 he assumed the role of Chief of the Defence Staff.