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Exercises Peregrine Sword and Quick Sword
Exercises Peregrine Sword and Quick Sword
For the last few years one of our trainers has been contracted by the 1st German Netherlands Corps (1GNC) to support their annual readiness exercises as a Role Player/Facilitator in the Exercise Engagement Cell. 1GNC is a combined Corps of three Brigades; 43rd Mechanised Brigade, 13th Mechanised Brigade and the 11th Air Manoeuvre Brigade. This is one of NATO’s Rapid Reaction Forces and comprises of approximately 6000 military personnel. To facilitate these annual exercises a group of approximately 30 Role Player/Facilitators are put together to test the Military Units and their processes and procedures over the course of a two week exercise involving the stabilisation of a fictitious country by the NATO Interim Multinational Force (NIMFOR) military personnel.
The specialist Role Players portray various people from local officials, police and military, national government and regional politicians, head of missions for all the primary humanitarian aid agencies and non-governmental organisations. During the course of the exercise approximately 3,000 different injects are played in and enacted with the NIMFOR training audience.
Pictures from Peregrine Sword and Quick Sword here »
The Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) conducted a consequence management field exercise “CODRII 2011” from 27 August to 2 September 2011 in and around Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. Teams from 22 Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) and Mediterranean Dialogue nations took part in the exercise and Civilience Limited was asked to assist in the management, planning and control of the event.
All together, more than 1000 members of civilian and military teams from NATO and partner countries with capabilities to deal with different aspects of emergencies took part in the event, which allowed NATO and partner countries to practice disaster response mechanisms and capabilities and to enhance co-operation in emergency situations.
The scenario for the exercise was a severe earthquake affecting the vicinity of Chisinau, resulting in high numbers of victims and widespread damage to critical infrastructure, including chemical spills and a radiological incident. Through this exercise, NATO and partner nations practiced procedures and capabilities, in order to improve their ability to respond to a disaster. Thanks in part to Civilience, the exercise made a big contribution to strengthening Moldova’s capability to effectively coordinate consequence management operations.
Pictures from Exercise CODRII in Moldova can be found here.
Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) and Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC)
Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC)
Created in 1997, the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) succeeded the North Atlantic Cooperation Council, and brings together the 26 NATO Allies and 20 Partners in a forum providing for regular consultation and cooperation. EAPC activities are based on a two-year action plan that focuses on consultation and cooperation on a range of political and security-related matters, including regional issues, arms control, international terrorism, peacekeeping, defense economic issues, civil emergency planning, and scientific and environmental issues.
The EAPC currently comprises of 49 States — Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, and Uzbekistan.
In 2006, the EAPC agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that provides faster and more proficient assistance to disaster or humanitarian crises (including chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear) victims. This multilateral accord endeavors to achieve these goals through the establishment of the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EARDCC).
Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC)
The Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) was inaugurated in June at the NATO headquarters following a proposal to the EAPC by the Russian Federation. This Centre was immediately called upon to support the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in relief efforts in Albania for refugees fleeing from Kosovo. EADRCC also played a significant role in coordinating humanitarian relief for flood-hit parts of western Ukraine in 1998.
Part of NATO's 'Operations Division', based at it's headquarters in Brussels, the EARDCC is a “24/7” focal point for coordinating disaster relief efforts among NATO member and partner countries. The Centre functions as a clearing-house system for coordinating both requests and offers of assistance mainly in case of natural and man-made disasters. In addition to its day-to-day activities and the immediate response to emergencies, EADRCC conducts annual large-scale field exercises with realistic scenarios to improve interaction between NATO, Partnership for Peace (PfP) and other partner countries. Regular major disaster exercises have been organised in different participating countries to practice procedures, provide training for local and international participants, build up interoperability skills and capabilities of the non-standing Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Unit (EADRU), and harness the experience and lessons learnt for future operations.
To this date, EADRCC has conducted thirteen exercises in Ukraine, Croatia, the Russian Federation, Uzbekistan, Romania, Italy, Finland, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Turkey, and Moldova (Operation CODRII).